The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations

The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations

by Carol A. Newsom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195150155

ISBN-13: 9780195150155

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Carol Newsom illuminates the relation between the aesthetic forms of Job and the claims made by its various characters. Her innovative approach makes possible a new understanding of the unity of the book that rejects its dismantling in historical criticism and the flattening of the text that characterizes many final form readings. Additionally, she rehabilitates

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Carol Newsom illuminates the relation between the aesthetic forms of Job and the claims made by its various characters. Her innovative approach makes possible a new understanding of the unity of the book that rejects its dismantling in historical criticism and the flattening of the text that characterizes many final form readings. Additionally, she rehabilitates the moral perspectives represented by certain voices of the book that modern critics have treated with disdain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195150155
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
1The Book of Job as Polyphonic Text3
2The Impregnable Word: Genre and Moral Imagination in the Prose Tale32
3Critical Curiosity: Genre and Moral Imagination in the Wisdom Dialogue72
4"Consolations of God": The Moral Imagination of the Friends90
5Broken in Pieces by Words/Breaking Words in Pieces: Job and the Limits of Language130
6Dialogics and Allegory: The Wisdom Poem of Job 28169
7A Working Rhetorical World: Job's Self-Witness in Chapters 29-31183
8The Dissatisfied Reader: Elihu and the Historicity of the Moral Imagination200
9The Voice from the Whirlwind: The Tragic Sublime and the Limits of Dialogue234
Conclusion259
Notes265
Bibliography287
Index299

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