John F. A. Sawyer

in The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199204540
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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This article discusses the literary structure of the Book of Job, some historical-critical problems, and theological and philosophical issues. The Book of Job tells the story of a comfortable, law-abiding citizen suddenly, for no apparent reason, struck down by a series of spectacular disasters. Job is remembered for his ‘righteousness’, along with Noah and Daniel (Ezek. 14:14), and for his proverbial patience (James 5:11), and we may assume that from an early period he was the subject of one or more legends which provide the framework for the biblical book.

Keywords: Book of Job; righteousness; literary structure; theology; philosophy

Article.  6032 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Christianity

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