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Job in Literature

  • William M. Soll
  • Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • David L. Jeffrey
  • Manfred Siebald
  • Lawrence Besserman
Part of the The Classic Bible Books Series book series (BIBLE)

Abstract

This classic counsel of despair is uttered by Job’s wife in the wake of all the evils which befall him (Job 2:9). It is preceded by the question, ‘Dost thou still retain thine integrity?’ Her words may have been motivated by bitterness over what she and Job had endured (the Septuagint and the apocryphal Testament of Job both give her a lengthy speech in which she catalogues their degradation). Possibly she felt that blasphemy would have sudden death as a consequence, and that this would put Job out of his misery. In any case, the import of her words is to question the value of ‘righteousness’ (cf. Tobit 2:11–14).

Keywords

Christian Tradition Christian Community Paradise Lost Morning Star Biblical Narrative 
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© Lion Publishing 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • William M. Soll
    • 1
  • Jeffrey Burton Russell
    • 2
  • David L. Jeffrey
    • 3
  • Manfred Siebald
    • 4
  • Lawrence Besserman
    • 5
  1. 1.Aquinas Institute of TheologySt Louis UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  3. 3.University of OttawaCanada
  4. 4.Johannes Gutenberg UniversitätMainzGermany
  5. 5.Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

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