Job: A New Translation

Job: A New Translation

by Edward L. Greenstein

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This "bold new English translation” (Adam Kirsch, Wall Street Journal) of Job by one of the world’s leading biblical scholars will reshape the way we read this canonical text

“A work of erudition with . . . a revolutionary twist.”—James Parker, Atlantic 

The book of Job has often been called the greatest poem ever written. The book, in Edward Greenstein’s characterization, is “a Wunderkind, a genius emerging out of the confluence of two literary streams” which “dazzles like Shakespeare with unrivaled vocabulary and a penchant for linguistic innovation.” Despite the text’s literary prestige and cultural prominence, no English translation has come close to conveying the proper sense of the original. The book has consequently been misunderstood in innumerable details and in its main themes.
Edward Greenstein’s new translation of Job is the culmination of decades of intensive research and painstaking philological and literary analysis, offering a major reinterpretation of this canonical text. Through his beautifully rendered translation and insightful introduction and commentary, Greenstein presents a new perspective: Job, he shows, was defiant of God until the end. The book is more about speaking truth to power than the problem of unjust suffering.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300255249
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/04/2020
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 219,381
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Edward L. Greenstein is professor emeritus of Bible at Bar-Ilan University and a prolific, world-renowned scholar in many areas of biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

A Note on the Transcription of Hebrew and Other Semitic Languages xiii

A Note on (Not) Translating the Names of God xv

Introduction xvii


Prologue (1:1-2:13) 3

Job's Opening Discourse (3:1-26; 4:12-21) 12

Eliphaz's First Discourse (4:1-11; 5:1-27) 19

Jobs Response to Eliphaz (6:1-7:21) 26

Bildad's First Discourse (8:1-22) 34

Job's Response to Bildad (9:1-10:22) 38

Zophar's First Discourse (11:1-20) 47

Job's Response to Zophar (12:1-14:22) 51

Eliphaz's Second Discourse (15:1-35) 64

Job's Response to Eliphaz (16:1-17:16) 70

Bildad's Second Discourse (18:1-21) 77

Job's Response to Bildad (19:1-29) 82

Zophar's Second Discourse (20:1-29) 88

Job's Response to Zophar (21:1-34) 93

Eliphaz's Third Discourse (22:1-30) 99

Job's Response to Eliphaz (23:1-24:17, 24:25) 104

A Secondary Response to Job (24:18-24) 110

Bildad's Third Discourse (25:1-26:14) 113

Job's Response to Bildad (27:1-23) 117

Job's Closing Discourse (29:1-31:40) 121

Elihu's First Discourse (32:1-33:33) 134

Elihu's Second Discourse (34:1-37) 143

Elihu's Third Discourse (35:1-16) 149

Elihu's Fourth Discourse (36:1-37:24; 28:1-28) 152

The Deity's First Discourse (38:1-39:30) 165

Job's Response to the Deity (40:1-5) 175

The Deity's Second Discourse (40:6-41:26) 177

Job's Response to the Deity (42:1-6) 184

Epilogue (42:7-17) 186

References and Select Bibliography 189

Index 201

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