Carol A. Newsom

in The Book of Job

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780195396287
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852420 | DOI:

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It argues that a polyphonic reading of the book of Job attends with particular care to issues of genre and verbal texture, as well as to the multiple ideological claims of the text. In addition, it offers a means of conceptualizing the book as a unified composition without sacrificing the hermeneutical significance of the many genres that comprise the book. A polyphonic approach to the book of Job is a recognition of an evocative and productive correspondence between the structure of the book and the sensibilities of the present age. The interpretive insight does not flow in only one direction, however. The book’s own moral seriousness, coupled with its generosity toward a variety of perspectives, serves as a critique of those forms of postmodern intellectual display that embody pastiche without purpose.

Keywords: book of Job; polyphonic reading; genre

Chapter.  2974 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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