The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations

Paperback | July 9, 2009

byCarol A. Newsom

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From the simple and beautiful language of the prose tale, to the verbal fireworks of the dialogue between Job and his friends, to the haunting beauty of the poem on wisdom and the sublime poetics of the divine speeches, this book provides an intense encounter with the aesthetic resources ofHebrew verbal art. In this brilliant new study, Carol Newsom illuminates the relation between the aesthetic forms of the book and the claims made by its various characters. Her innovative approach makes possible a new understanding of the unity of the book of Job; she rejects the dismantling of thebook by historical criticism and the flattening of the text that characterizes certain final form readings.

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From the simple and beautiful language of the prose tale, to the verbal fireworks of the dialogue between Job and his friends, to the haunting beauty of the poem on wisdom and the sublime poetics of the divine speeches, this book provides an intense encounter with the aesthetic resources ofHebrew verbal art. In this brilliant new study...

Carol A. Newsom is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. She has written and edited several books, and is co-editor of The Oxford Annotated Bible .

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:July 9, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContentsAbbreviations1. The Book of Job as Polyphonic Text2. The Impregnable Word: Genre and Moral Imagination in the Prose Tale3. Critical Curiosity: Genre and Moral Imagination in the Wisdom Dialogue4. "Consolations of God": The Moral Imagination of the Friends5. Broken in Pieces by Words/Breaking Words in Pieces: Job and the Limits of Language6. Dialogics and Allegory: The Wisdom Poem of Job7. A Working Rhetorical World: Job's Self-Witness in Chapters 29-318. The Dissatisfied Reader: Elihu and the Historicity of the Moral Imagination9. The Voice from the Whirlwind: The Tragic Sublime and the Limits of DialogueConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex