Job the Silent: A Study in Historical Counterpoint (Paperback)
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Job the Silent: A Study in Historical Counterpoint (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 22/10/1998
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This remarkable work offers a brilliantly original reading of the book of Job, one of the great classics of biblical literature, and in the process develops a new formula for understanding how biblical texts evolve in the process of transmission. Zuckerman presents the thesis that the book of Job was intended as a parody the stereotypical righteous sufferer. In his most extended analogy, Zuckerman compares the book of Job and its fate to that of a famous Yiddish short story, `Bontshe Shvayg', another covert parody whose protagonist has come to be revered as a paradigm of innocent Jewish suffering. The history of this story is used to show how a literary text becomes separated from the intention of its author, and comes to have a quite different meaning for a specific community of readers.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195121278
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 489 g
Dimensions: 233 x 153 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This is one of the most fascinating and perceptive studies of the book of Job that I have read.' * Journal of Theological Studies *
'[A] scintillating study...a magnificent counterpoint to the traditional interpretation of the book of Job' * Hebrew Studies *

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