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Bibil Identifier bibil:227531
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "Without My Flesh I Will See God": Job's Rhetoric of the Body
Author Erickson, Amy
Journal Journal of Biblical Literature (Volume: 132, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 295-313 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract While almost all commentators take notice of Job's descriptions of physical suffering, the ways Job uses his body to rhetorical effect have not been fully recognized. This article considers the impact of the legal metaphor on Job's use of body imagery (Job 9:20, 30-31; 16:8; 19:20-23; and 19:25-27) and maintains that Job's speeches draw on the ancient world's understanding of the body to question and invert traditional usage of body imagery, particularly the stock of body images from the Psalms that present the body, the self, and the voice as a manifold unity. Job overturns traditional images of the disintegrated body known from the biblical laments in order to distance his body's appearance of guilt from his testimony of innocence. In contrast to the psalmists, who petition God to restore them to health, Job uses images of disembodiment and bodily disintegration to separate his broken body from his contention that he is innocent. In this way, Job uses imagery of the body to form a counternarrative that testifies to his innocence.
DOI 10.1353/jbl.2013.0034
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Flesh
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Job
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Suffering
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Body
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Disease
Pericopes Job 9,20
Job 9,30-9,31
Job 16,8
Job 19,20-19,23
Job 19,25-19,27
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