Job and Sophocles

  • Ulrich Simon


Comparisons in literature are as common as they may be either odious or boring, or both. Despite Virginia Woolf’s scathing caricature in To the Lighthouse we are still compelled to listen to learned papers on the Influence of Someone on Someone else. Perhaps there is some justification for this procedure, for it is not a wholly sterile endeavour to find out, say, for example, where Shakespeare got his material for Troilus and Cressida and why he departed from the conventional treatment.


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  1. 1.
    Robert Gordis, The Book of Job (New York, 1978).Google Scholar
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    See Nahum N. Glatzer, The Dimensions of Job (New York, 1969), p. 175.Google Scholar
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    See J. William Whedbee, ‘The Comedy of Job’; John A Miles, ‘Gagging on Job or The Comedy of Religious Exhaustion’, Semeia, 7 (1977), Studies in the Book of Job, 1–39; 71–126.Google Scholar
  4. 5.
    See The Women of Trachis, lines 1230 ff., Marvin H. Pope, Job. A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (New York, 1965), p. 35.Google Scholar
  5. 7.
    R. P. Winnington-Ingram, Sophocles, An Interpretation (Cambridge, 1980), p. 297.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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