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Job and Innocent Suffering

David Brown

in Discipleship and Imagination

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270188
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600425 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198270186.003.0005
 Job and Innocent Suffering

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Three interpretations of the book are examined and the way in which they generated alternative trajectories for subsequent Jewish thinking in writings such as in the Testament of Job and the Zohar. The history of Christian exegesis is pursued through Gregory the Great, Aquinas, and Calvin before concluding in William Blake. Throughout, the different underlying assumptions about providence are noted, in particular, the reasons behind the modern retreat from agent‐specific notions of directional providence.

Keywords: Aquinas; Blake; Calvin; Gregory the Great; Job; providence; suffering

Chapter.  20775 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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