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Contested creations in the Book of Job [electronic resource] : the-world-as-it-ought-and-ought-not-to-be / by Abigail Pelham.

Author/Creator:
Pelham, Abigail.
Publication:
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2012.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (271 p.)
Series:
Biblical interpretation series ; v. 113.
Biblical interpretation series, 0928-0731 ; v. 113
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Subjects:
Creation -- Biblical teaching.
Bible. O.T. Job -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
In Contested Creations in the Book of Job: the-world-as-it-ought- and -ought-not-to-be Abigail Pelham reads the Book of Job both ‘forwards’—examining the perspectives on creation presented by Job and his friends and corrected by God’s authoritative voice from the whirlwind—and ‘backwards,’ demonstrating how the epilogue explodes readers’ certainties, forcing a reappraisal of the characters’ claims. The epilogue, Pelham argues, changes the book from one containing answers about creation to one which poses questions: What does it mean to make the world? Who has the power to create? If humans have creative power, is it divinely sanctioned, or has Job, acting creatively, set himself up as God’s rival? Engaging more thoroughly with Job’s ambiguity than previous scholars have done, Contested Creations explores the possibilities raised by these questions and considers their implications both within the book and beyond.
Contents:
Preliminary Material
Prologue: The Author, the Reader, and the Professional Not-Knower
1. Creation in the Book of Job: Reading Backwards and Forwards for Questions and Possibilities
2. Relationships Between Persons in the World-as-It-Ought-and-Ought-Not-to-Be: Centrality and Dispersion, Connectedness and Loneliness
3. Time in the World-as-It-Ought-and-Ought-Not-to-Be: Stasis, Change, and Death
4. Inside and Outside: The Configuration of Space in the World-as-It-Ought-and-Ought-Not-to-Be
5. The Explosive Finale: Reading Backwards from the Epilogue
Epilogue: Negotiating and Renegotiating the World
Bibliography
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Index of Scriptures.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
ISBN:
1-280-69859-4
9786613675552
90-04-23029-7
OCLC:
795780459
Publisher Number:
10.1163/9789004230293 DOI