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Job’s enduring innocence and impeccable piety: reassessing the stubborn tradition that says otherwise

Lockwood, Peter (2015) Job’s enduring innocence and impeccable piety: reassessing the stubborn tradition that says otherwise. Lutheran Theological Journal, 49 (3). pp. 137-152. ISSN 0024-7553

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    Abstract

    In the epilogue to the book of Job, the Lord takes Eliphaz aside, the ringleader of Job’s comforters, to express his wrath at their failure to speak of him ‘what is right’, in radical contrast to ‘my servant Job’. The essay, ‘Job’s enduring innocence and impeccable piety: reassessing the stubborn tradition that says otherwise (Job 42:7–9)’, grapples with this surprise twist as the story comes to an end. Having lost sympathy for Job’s comforters by the time they have spoken once or twice, readers are happy to see them roundly denounced. But the history of interpretation suggests that readers have found it harder to maintain that the divine assessment of Job’s ‘right speaking’ applies to much more than the pious and patient Job of the prologue and epilogue. After all, his angry tirades against God and his harsh accusations give rise to what is seen as the stern rebuke of the speech of God from the whirlwind, with questions like: ‘Will you condemn me that you may be justified?’ (40:8). This essay maintains that God’s positive appraisal takes into account Job’s words and demeanour from first to last.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Job’s epilogue, Job’s comforters, Right speaking about God (Job 42:7,8)
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Applied Research
    Subject Area(s): B - Old Testament
    Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
    Depositing User: Ms Rosslyn Darmody
    Date Deposited: 30 May 2016 16:28
    Last Modified: 30 May 2016 16:28
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1985

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