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Bibil Identifier bibil:224528
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "My Beloved Son, Come and Rest in Me": Job's Return to His Mother's Womb (Job 1:21a) in Light of Egyptian Mythology
Author Hays, Christopher B.
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 62, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 607-621 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Job 1:21a makes better sense when understood in light of the Egyptian idea of death as a return to the womb of the mother goddess; that mythology provides a much more likely context than the idea of “Mother Earth,“ which is attested only in texts that are (or are likely to be) quite late. As in various other cases in the book (for example, in his expressions of preference for death) Job practices a kind of theological brinksmanship, crossing an apparent line only to pull back in the next breath or the next chapter. In light of the Hathor/womb headrests from the tombs at St. Étienne's, it may be that Job's theological rhetoric was not merely a literary invention.
DOI 10.1163/15685330-12341088
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : Literature : Myths and Narratives
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Religion : Goddess
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Death
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Mother
Pericopes Job 1,21
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