Job: The Anchor Bible / Edition 3

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This third edition of the Anchor Bible Book Of Job (Volume 15 in the series) contains numerous new, revised or augmented notes. Of special interest is the inclusion of readings from the earliest translation of the Book Of Job, the recently published Targum (Aramaic translation) recovered from Cave XI of Khirbet Qumran, in the Judean Wilderness near the Dead Sea, perhaps the version which was suppressed by Rabbi Gamaliel.

The Book Of Job is one of the indisputably great works of world literature. The story is well-known: a prosperous and happy man, distinguished for rectitude and piety, falls victim to a series of catastrophes. And the occasion (if not the reason) for these undeserved calamities: Satan's challenge to Yahweh to test the sincerity of Job's faith.

It is by now proverbial to refer to the patience of Job. Yet this traditional image derives only from the Prologue and the Epilogue of the book. But the Job who confronts us in the long middle section is anything but patient. His outcries against God raise the question of theodicy, or divine justice, which occupies the greater portion of Job's Dialogue with his comforters.

But it is inevitably as literature that Job must be read and enjoyed. This translation is marked by a concerted effort to capture as much as possible the poetic and metrical characteristics of the original Hebrew: the result is a version notable for its accuracy and directness. The experience of reading the Book Of Job in this translation, then, is to rediscover an exceedingly eloquent masterpiece. In the terse, rhythmic quality of the translation, the incisive comprehensivenessof the introduction and notes, Job maintains the high standard of scholarship, literateness, and readability established in The Anchor Bible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300140750
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/1965
  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     V
Principal Abbreviations     XI
Introduction     XV
Summary of the Content of the Book of Job     XV
The Problem of Literary Integrity     XXIII
The Literary Form of the Book     XXX
The Date of the Book     XXXII
The Authorship of the Book     XL
The Place of the Book in the Canon     XLII
Textual Problems     XLIII
The Language of the Book     XLVII
Problems of Prosody     L
Parallel Literature     LVI
Old Testament Affinities     LXXI
The Purpose and Teaching of the Book     LXXIII
Selected Bibliography     LXXXV
Translation and Notes
The Testing of Job (i 1-22)     1
More Drastic Measures (ii 1-13)     18
Job's Protest (iii 1-11; 16; 12-15; 17-26)     26
Eliphaz Remonstrates (iv 1-21)     34
Eliphaz's Discourse (continued) (v 1-27)     40
Job's Reply to Eliphaz (vi 1-30)     48
Job's Reply (continued) (vii 1-21)     57
Bildad's First Discourse (viii 1-22)     64
Job's Reply to Bildad (ix 1-35)     68
Job's Reply (continued) (x 1-22)     78
Zophar's FirstDiscourse (xi 1-20)     83
Job's Reply to Zophar (xii 1-25)     88
Job's Reply (continued) (xiii 1-27)     96
Job's Reply (concluded) (xiv 1-2; xiii 28; xiv 3-22)     104
Eliphaz's Second Discourse (xv 1-35)     112
Job's Reply to Eliphaz (xvi 1-22)     121
Job's Reply (continued) (xvii 1-16)     127
Bildad's Second Discourse (xviii 1-21)     132
Job's Reply to Bildad (xix 1-29)     138
Zophar's Second Discourse (xx 1-29)     149
Job's Reply to Zophar (xxi 1-34)     155
Eliphaz's Third Discourse (xxii 1-30)     163
Job's Reply to Eliphaz (xxiii 1-17)     170
Job's Reply (continued) (xxiv 1-3; 9; 21; 4-8; 10-14b; 15; 14c; 16-17)     174
Bildad's Third Discourse (xxv 1-6; xxvi 5-14)     180
Job's Reply to Bildad; Zophar's Third Discourse (xxvii 1; xxvi 1-4; xxvii 2-23; xxiv 18-20; 22-25)     187
Poem on the Inaccessibility of Wisdom (xxviii 1-28)     197
Job's Peroration (xxix 1-10; 21-25; 11-20)     207
Job's Peroration (continued) (xxx 1-31)     217
Job's Final Oath (xxxi 1-8; 38-40b; 9-14; 23; 15-22; 24-37; 40c)     225
Elihu Intervenes (xxxii 1-22)     240
Elihu Attempts to Refute Job (xxxiii 1-33)      245
Elihu's Second Speech (xxxiv 1-37)     254
Elihu's Third Speech (xxxv 1-16)     262
Elihu's Fourth and Final Speech (xxxvi 1-28; 31; 29-30; 32-33)     266
Elihu's Final Speech (continued) (xxxvii 1-18; 21; 19-20; 22-24)     278
The Theophany: Yahweh's First Discourse (xxxviii 1-41)     288
Yahweh's First Discourse (continued) (xxxix 1-30)     304
Job Challenged; Yahweh's Second Discourse (xl 1-24; xli 1-8)     316
Yahweh's Second Discourse (continued) (xli 9-34)     335
Job Recants; Epilogue (xlii 1-17)     347
Indexes     355
Authors     357
Subjects     362
Words     369
Biblical References     376
Koranic References     406
Rabbinic References     407
Ugaritic References     408
Key to the Text     409
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