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By Katharine J. Dell

Katharine J. Dell’s dissertation on activity, written below the supervision of John Barton, will lengthy stay an immense landmark in activity learn. Dell argues that the ebook of activity is the most important instance of sceptical literature within the outdated testomony and that this type has very important effects for all parts of research attached with this biblical e-book.

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Elsewhere the English departs from the Vulgate wording or word order. These problems however do not affect our overall understanding of the passage. This passage resembles closely those psalms which precede the texts from Job in the Office of the Dead, especially Psalm 6, one of the penitential psalms. In the second set of lessons there is a reversal. Job complains that he is not guilty of sin and that 71 See L L Besserman, 1979, pp 59-62. His text is reproduced from H Littlehales (ed), The Prymer or Lay Folks' Prayer Book, 1891, pp 56-70.

107 Furthermore the prose narrative gives no satisfactory conclusion to the issues raised in the dialogue. It is not (to us at least) satisfactory for a man suffering great agonies and bereft of everything, whilst assured of his innocence, to be given no explanation and merely have his possessions doubled as a reward for his steadfastness. The speeches of God which should constitute the theological climax make no attempt to answer the questions originally discussed such as whether and why the innocent suffer or whether God has a purpose in tormenting man.

He slowly realizes that he is being confronted with God's power rather than his justice. 116 R Gordis, 1964, writes of the speeches of Yahweh, "Their purpose is not the glorification of nature, but the vindication of nature's God" (p 117). He appeals to the literary greatness of the chapters, and to the fact that throughout the dialogue Job has demanded an answer from God so that it would not have made sense for there not to have been an answer in the original book; cf R Η Pfeiffer, 1948. 117 eg M Jastrow, 1920, sees the speeches of Yahweh as a series of four independent compositions which are not a part of the original composition but which have been addeid to counterbalance the sceptical trend of the original book.

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