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Bibil Identifier bibil:229586
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Job the Afflicted
Author El-Shamy, Hasan
Journal Biblical Theology Bulletin (Volume: 43, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 201-211 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Job (Ayyûb) is one of God's prophets cited in the Koran. His name, experiences and patience are cited proverbially and as a narrative account in the daily lives of Arabs and Moslems. A seasonal folk ritual performed in Egypt at the beginning of Spring mimics certain aspects of the Job belief-cycle thus reinforcing its foundations. This ritual is presumed to restore health and prevent skin maladies. The account is found on other cultural levels, including parareligious stories in older literary works, and on oral folk levels, where a ballad (narrative folksong) describes the tribulations Job's wife Ruth withstood. The ballad circulates in the form of a pamphlet and as a song or hymn performed by wandering “maddâhîn (praisers)” who travel on foot in the countryside and city quarters expecting donations from listeners. In the early 1950s the Job ballad was presented to middle-class Egyptians on the national radio as a play. Its emotional impact proved to be profound.
DOI DOI:10.1177/0146107913504879
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Job
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Islam
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Koran
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