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Lecture 6

PHIL 253 Lecture 6: The Book of Job

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PHIL 253
Wayne Froman

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Plot Tuesday, February 5, 2013 12:29 PM Satan is the prosecutor, his job is to accuse people in the heavenly court, ruled Antigone/Job comparison: Job and antigone both do what is right by God. This tells the reader why Job is punished. Satan accuses Job of only in the eyes of God(s) and are punished. being pious because he has a good life. So God lets Satan ruin his life to prove why Job is righteous. Job’s children and livestock are destroyed. Job stays righteous for the sake of being righteous. Then God gives Satan permission to inflict bodily harm unto Job, in order to test him further. The theme is about staying with God even though bad things are happening. Job is then visited by three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. (this is also the order of their ages) These are not israeli names. Eliphaz is more gentle than the others, and Zophar is more rough. They all tell him that he must have sinned in order for this to have happened. Job disagrees with them. Job wants an explanation of why everything happened. His wife says to curse God and move on. One of the friends says the Justice works itself out among a whole family/tribe/people, trying to justify what’s happening.Also that justice can take generations to work itself out. Chapter 27: it is not always clear who is speaking. at one point it’s being attributed to Job, but you can’t tell. Also lines are missing.Chapter 28 can be stand alone and was originally a separate poem. Is called “The Hymn to Wisdom” Is saying that people who prosper never do
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