The Book of Job

The Book of Job

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by Raymond P. Scheindlin
     
 

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"An extraordinary and invaluable version of this great biblical treasure."—David R. Slavitt, Philadelphia Inquirer
One of the most powerful and unsettling Bible stories, The Book of Job undermines the claim that our world is governed by justice and meaning. It does so through a poetry of unsurpassed beauty captured in Raymond Scheindlin's superb new

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"An extraordinary and invaluable version of this great biblical treasure."—David R. Slavitt, Philadelphia Inquirer
One of the most powerful and unsettling Bible stories, The Book of Job undermines the claim that our world is governed by justice and meaning. It does so through a poetry of unsurpassed beauty captured in Raymond Scheindlin's superb new translation. Scheindlin's Job is not a patient sufferer but a defiant man who eloquently demands an argument with God. Job's words land like a fist, but he is left speechless by God's reply from the storm — a commanding survey of creation and a challenge to man's place in it. Job's acceptance of God's power comes with a dignity and freshness that makes it compelling even today. In Scheindlin's vivid translation an ancient text speaks to us directly of timeless questions and passions. A selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, History Book Club, Quality Paperback Book Club, and Jewish Book Club

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Editorial Reviews

Andy Brumer
. . .Scheindlin. . .translates the biblical Hebrew into language that is mellifluous and eloquent, yet contemporary in tone. —The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Book of Job addresses eternal questions about humanity's place in God's creation, the presence of evil in the world, God's responsibility for the existence of evil and humans' ability to understand God's ways. Scheindlin, professor of medieval Hebrew literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, offers a new translation of Job. Scheindlin writes in the introduction that he tried to let the text itself suggest its own translation and interfere as little as possible. He wanted to produce a translation that would reflect the poetic values specific to biblical Hebrew. In Scheindlin's translation, Job is an angry yet hopeful character who knows that his suffering is undeserved and demands an audience with God. Thus, Job cries, 'Let God weigh me in an honest balance/ He will have to see my innocence./ If only I had someone to hear me!' In Scheindlin's fresh lyrical verse, we can once again feel Job's pain and distress as he attempts to understand why he is suffering.
Library Journal
Scheindlin (medieval Hebrew literature, Jewish Theological Seminary of America) provides a powerful, colloquial translation of the Book of Job, a biblical book that raises important questions about human suffering, the nature of evil, goodness, merit, and justice. Contrary to much contemporary scholarship, Scheindlin's helpful introduction attributes coherence and unity to Job in its final form. This translation seems more direct, contemporary, and forceful than the New International Version (NIV), the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), and the new Jewish Publication Society (JPS) translation. Scheindlin's Job, scandalized by undeserved suffering, angrily calls God to account while courageously facing the disproportion between himself and God. -- Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood College., Farmville, Virginia
Andy Brumer
. . .Scheindlin. . .translates the biblical Hebrew into language that is mellifluous and eloquent, yet contemporary in tone. -- The New York Times Book Review
Gabriel Josipovici
Scheindlin's excellent introduction and notes, as well as his fine translation and the way he lays the text out on the page, make us feel as though we were reading this well-known and mysterious work for the first time.
Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393319002
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
604,676
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

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Raymond P. Scheindlin is professor of medieval Hebrew literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. His introduction and notes are full of insights into this provocative text.

Raymond P. Scheindlin is professor of medieval Hebrew literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. His introduction and notes are full of insights into this provocative text.

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