By Abigail Pelham
In Contested Creations within the e-book of activity: the-world-as-it-ought- and -ought-not-to-be Abigail Pelham reads the booklet of activity either ‘forwards’—examining the views on production provided via task and his buddies and corrected through 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, alterations the ebook from one containing solutions approximately production to 1 which poses questions: What does it suggest to make the realm? Who has the facility to create? If people have artistic strength, is it divinely sanctioned, or has task, performing creatively, set himself up as God’s rival? attractive extra completely with Job’s ambiguity than past students have performed, Contested Creations explores the probabilities raised by means of those questions and considers their implications either in the booklet and past.
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As a biblical scholar, I am not a professional ‘knower,’ having, as a result of my studies, more and more reliable information, an accumulation of facts about the object of my studies. ’ I do not have facts to offer, but questions and possibilities. ” 61 See, for comparison, my assessment of Elihu in Abigail Pelham, “Job as Comedy, Revisited,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 35 no1 (2010): 89–110. Chapter One Creation in the Book of Job: Reading Backwards and Forwards for Questions and Possibilities Questions and Answers about Creation The Book of Job is an exploration of creation.
Others go so far as to say that the prose prologue and epilogue were appended to the book by someone other than its original author. See Andrew E. Steinmann, “The Structure and Message of the Book of Job,” Vetus Testamentum 46, no. 1 (1996): 85–100, and Douglas Lawrie, “How Critical is it to be Historically Critical? The Case of the Composition of the Book of Job,” Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages 27 no. 1 (2001): 121–146, for overviews of the scholarly discussion on the compilation/corruption of the book.
56 Newsom, Book of Job, 22. , 3, 16. the author, the reader, and the professional not-knower 21 in the “thousand books and articles that profess to state the unequivocal answers [to] the book of Job” described by Clines. Surely those scholars, too, sought to be rigorous, answerable, and nonarbitrary, and, by doing so, believed that their interpretations would be nonarbitrary, and yet their sheer volume points to their arbitrariness. Moreover, which text is it to which one is to be so answerable (and not just ‘answerable’ but ‘rigorously answerable,’ with no weak, arbitrary link)?