Job the Silent: A Study in Historical Counterpoint / Edition 1

Job the Silent: A Study in Historical Counterpoint / Edition 1

by Bruce Zuckerman
     
 

Offering an original reading of the book of Job, one of the great literary classics of biblical literature, this book develops a new analogical method for understanding how biblical texts evolve in the process of transmission. Zuckerman argues that the book of Job was intended as a parody protesting the stereotype of the traditional righteous sufferer as patient

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Offering an original reading of the book of Job, one of the great literary classics of biblical literature, this book develops a new analogical method for understanding how biblical texts evolve in the process of transmission. Zuckerman argues that the book of Job was intended as a parody protesting the stereotype of the traditional righteous sufferer as patient and silent. He compares the book of Job and its fate to that of a famous Yiddish short story, "Bontsye Shvayg," another covert parody whose protagonist has come to be revered as a paradigm of innocent Jewish suffering. Zuckerman uses the story to prove how a literary text becomes separated from the intention of its author, and takes on quite a different meaning for a specific community of readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195121278
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
Part I
1.The "Patience" Problem13
2.The Akedah Model16
3.The Case against a Linear Reading25
4.Super-Job34
5.Anti-Job46
6.Super-Reality59
7.The "Sincerely Wrong" Approach77
Part II
8.Barriers to Interpretation and the "Bontsye-Model"87
9.The Art of Parody: The Dialogue/Appeal93
10.The Art of Parody: The Legal Metaphor104
11.The Art of Parody: The Death Theme118
12.Supplemental Themes136
13.Intervening Themes166
14.Conclusion: The Joban Fugue175
Appendix
The Text and Translation of Y. L. Perets' "Bontsye Shvayg"181
Abbreviations196
Notes199
Index of Authors283
Index of Ancient Sources288

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