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Job the Silent : A Study in Historical Counterpoint - Bruce Zuckerman

Job the Silent

A Study in Historical Counterpoint

Paperback Published: 1st January 1997
ISBN: 9780195121278
Number Of Pages: 304

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This remarkable work offers a brilliantly original reading of the book of Job, one of the great classics of biblical literature, and in the process develops a new formula for understanding how biblical texts evolve in the process of transmission. Zuckerman presents the thesis that the book of Job was intended as a parody the stereotypical righteous sufferer. In his most extended analogy, Zuckerman compares the book of Job and its fate to that of a famous Yiddish short story, 'Bontshe Shvayg', another covert parody whose protagonist has come to be revered as a paradigm of innocent Jewish suffering. The history of this story is used to show how a literary text becomes separated from the intention of its author, and comes to have a quite different meaning for a specific community of readers.

"Scintillating....A magnificent counterpoint to the traditional interpretation of the biblical book of Job....I found Zuckerman's treatment of Job one of the most stimulating books I have read in some time....I recommend it highly as a possible, and in many ways plausible, reading of the book."--Hebrew Studies "An intellectual tour de force....Zuckerman's expansive vision offers insights beyond just the Book of Job."--Religion and Literature "This is a thought-provoking treatment, offering insights on the book of Job (and the other texts referred to) which escape more orthodox readings."--Expository Times "Zuckerman shows a thorough familiarity and critical engagement with the great commentaries on Job. His control of the periodical literature is impressive and he is very much at home with the broad Western tradition in Israel and the ancient Near East. The skillful use of musical imagery adds pleasure to the reading."--Theological Studies "Dr. Zuckerman undertakes the major task of a literary critic, and that is to explain the book of Job that we have and how it got that way, what it means, and how it has been interpreted over the centuries. In particular, he investigates the obvious question as to why Job is known in tradition and to us as a very patient and long-suffering individual, whereas in the book of Job itself, for the most part (in the Poem especially) he is anything but patient. His basic view that the Poem is a parody will probably hold up."--David Noel Freedman, University of California, San Diego "This is exciting work, the most significant contribution in the continuing effort to understand the Book of Job and its congeners that has come to my attention in more than thirty years."--Marvin Pope, Yale University "Job the Silent is enjoyable reading. It is also a major work of Joban scholarship. Zuckerman's thesis deserves a thoroughgoing evaluation and critique."--The Catholic Biblical Quarterly "This is one of the most fascinating and perceptive studies of the Book of Job that I have read."--Journal of Theological Studies "[An] excellent book."--The Journal of Religion "Scintillating....A magnificent counterpoint to the traditional interpretation of the biblical book of Job....I found Zuckerman's treatment of Job one of the most stimulating books I have read in some time....I recommend it highly as a possible, and in many ways plausible, reading of the book."--Hebrew Studies "An intellectual tour de force....Zuckerman's expansive vision offers insights beyond just the Book of Job."--Religion and Literature "This is a thought-provoking treatment, offering insights on the book of Job (and the other texts referred to) which escape more orthodox readings."--Expository Times "Zuckerman shows a thorough familiarity and critical engagement with the great commentaries on Job. His control of the periodical literature is impressive and he is very much at home with the broad Western tradition in Israel and the ancient Near East. The skillful use of musical imagery adds pleasure to the reading."--Theological Studies "Dr. Zuckerman undertakes the major task of a literary critic, and that is to explain the book of Job that we have and how it got that way, what it means, and how it has been interpreted over the centuries. In particular, he investigates the obvious question as to why Job is known in tradition and to us as a very patient and long-suffering individual, whereas in the book of Job itself, for the most part (in the Poem especially) he is anything but patient. His basic view that the Poem is a parody will probably hold up."--David Noel Freedman, University of California, San Diego "This is exciting work, the most significant contribution in the continuing effort to understand the Book of Job and its congeners that has come to my attention in more than thirty years."--Marvin Pope, Yale University "Job the Silent is enjoyable reading. It is also a major work of Joban scholarship. Zuckerman's thesis deserves a thoroughgoing evaluation and critique."--The Catholic Biblical Quarterly "This is one of the most fascinating and perceptive studies of the Book of Job that I have read."--Journal of Theological Studies "[An] excellent book."--The Journal of Religion

Introductionp. 3
The "Patience" Problemp. 13
The Akedah Modelp. 16
The Case against a Linear Readingp. 25
Super-Jobp. 34
Anti-Jobp. 46
Super-Realityp. 59
The "Sincerely Wrong" Approachp. 77
Barriers to Interpretation and the "Bontsye-Model"p. 87
The Art of Parody: The Dialogue/Appealp. 93
The Art of Parody: The Legal Metaphorp. 104
The Art of Parody: The Death Themep. 118
Supplemental Themesp. 136
Intervening Themesp. 166
Conclusion: The Joban Fuguep. 175
Appendix
The Text and Translation of Y. L. Perets' "Bontsye Shvayg"p. 181
Abbreviationsp. 196
Notesp. 199
Index of Authorsp. 283
Index of Ancient Sourcesp. 288
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ISBN: 9780195121278
ISBN-10: 0195121279
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st January 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.47