Job the Silent

Job the Silent : A Study in Historical Counterpoint

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This remarkable work offers a brilliantly original reading of the book of Job, one of the great classics of biblical literature, and in the process develops a new formula for understanding how biblical texts evolve in the process of transmission. Zuckerman presents the thesis that the book of Job was intended as a parody the stereotypical righteous sufferer. In his most extended analogy, Zuckerman compares the book of Job and its fate to that of a famous Yiddish short story, 'Bontshe Shvayg', another covert parody whose protagonist has come to be revered as a paradigm of innocent Jewish suffering. The history of this story is used to show how a literary text becomes separated from the intention of its author, and comes to have a quite different meaning for a specific community of readers.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195121279
  • 9780195121278
  • 1,443,485

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'[A] scintillating study...a magnificent counterpoint to the traditional interpretation of the book of Job' * Hebrew Studies * 'This is one of the most fascinating and perceptive studies of the book of Job that I have read.' * Journal of Theological Studies *show more

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One of the great literary classics of biblical literature, the book of Job is best know as a story which exemplifies the virtue of patience in the face of suffering. Indeed, the patience of Job is so well celebrated as to be a cliche. But here one encounters a problem; for throughout the greater art of the book that bears his name, Job is clearly one of the most impatient characters in the Bible.show more

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