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Job the Silent: A Study in Historical Counterpoint [Hardcover]

By Bruce Zuckerman (Author)
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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.

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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.28" Width: 6.28" Height: 0.97"
Weight:   1.36 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1991
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0195058968  
ISBN13  9780195058963  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bruce Zuckerman is a professor of Religion at USC, teaching courses in the Hebrew Bible, the Bible in Western Literature, the Ancient Near East, and Archaeology. Professor Zuckerman received his Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern Languages from Yale University.. Jeremy Schoenberg holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Arts from USC and a Master of Music in Voice/Opera from California State University, Northridge. As a singer, he has toured nationally and has sung in venues, both Jewish and secular, throughout Los Angeles.

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A Must Read for All Contemporary Commentators  May 4, 2000
I recommend this book after taking two of Dr. Zuckerman's courses at USC and after reading his book for a term paper. He presents a powerful analysis of the Book of Job that counters the traditional view of Job as a patient, righteous sufferer. Instead, he uses historical literary evidence and comparisons with other Ancient Near Eastern texts, along with analogy, to argue that the Job of the Bible is actually an Anti-Job--the original Job tradition probably depicted a suffering Job more along the lines of the description of Job in James 5:11. While this is a secular book commenting on the development of Job as a book of the Bible, I would also argue that, if Zuckerman's thesis holds true, there are some very profound theological implications, as the intention of the author is taken into account. Job the Silent is a very provocative reading that I highly recommend.

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