Job Medieval, Job Modern

Robert Eisen

in The Book of Job in Medieval Jewish Philosophy

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195171532
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199785162 | DOI:
 Job Medieval, Job Modern

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This chapter explores whether there is any commonality between the medieval readings of Job examined and the readings of Job in the modern period. It is shown that the medieval Jewish philosophers were sophisticated biblical interpreters who were sensitive to the exegetical challenges presented by the Book of Job, and they proposed original solutions to those challenges. That sophistication is now more readily apparent. Not only did these thinkers confront the difficulties in Job in an original manner, but sometimes their responses to those difficulties bear striking resemblance to those proposed by modern thinkers.

Keywords: medieval interpretation; modern interpretation; Saadiah; Maimonides; Ibn Tibbon; Zerahiah Hen; Duran

Chapter.  5058 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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