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The Vision in Job 4 and Its Role in the Book: Reframing the Development of the Joban Dialogues Ken Brown

The Vision in Job 4 and Its Role in the Book: Reframing the Development of the Joban Dialogues

Ken Brown

Published January 1st 2015
ISBN : 9783161535338
Paperback
360 pages
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Near the beginning of the Joban Dialogues, Jobs friend Eliphaz is attributed a remarkably subversive vision (Job 4:12-21). Laced with images of divine judgment and deception, this vision undermines the very foundation of the friends theology, andMoreNear the beginning of the Joban Dialogues, Jobs friend Eliphaz is attributed a remarkably subversive vision (Job 4:12-21). Laced with images of divine judgment and deception, this vision undermines the very foundation of the friends theology, and closely conforms to Jobs. In particular, the visions distinctive corporeal imagery and its conclusion that anyone can suddenly perish reflect Jobs characteristic style, and form the basis for his accusations of divine injustice. In this study, Ken Brown argues that the tensions between the visions present attribution to Eliphaz and its role in the dialogue run much deeper than is generally perceived, and can only be resolved through a reassessment of the books development, both synchronic and diachronic. Brown suggests that the present order of Job 3-4 and 25-27 is neither original nor accidental, but reflects an intentional reframing of the dialogue, and anticipates similar moves across the earliest reception of the book.