Reaching the full meaning of God's Words (Part II). Composition and meaning og Job 40,25-41,26

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Abstract

This presentation focuses its attention on the composition of Job 40,6-24, which we consider as a sequence composed of two passages. The first passage (40:6-14) opens with a direct challenge to Job, questioning whether he has the power to govern the earth with an arm as glorious and mighty as God’s; while the second passage (40:15-24) introduces the figure of the Behemoth, whose description accentuates a suggestive difference that Job needs to consider. The first passage (40:9-14) clarifies that God’s justice embraces dimensions of universal power and control, which cannot be reduced to the simple administration of rigid laws of reward and retribution. It is this justice that calls Job to move from his personal situation and knowledge to another truth. In the second passage (40:15-24), the power by which God controls Behemoth, despite the monster’s amazing strength, entails God’s power also to control Job’s disruptive indignation and outbursts. He will control Job as he does Behemoth. Job must move from his knowledge and experience to a knowledge of God’s ways as Creator, who maintains his designs within a wisdom of perfect balance and freedom, inscrutable to human understanding.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventSixth International Convention of Biblical and Semitic Rhetoric - Pontifícia Universidade Gregoriana, Rome, Italy
Duration: 1 Jan 20181 Jan 2018

Conference

ConferenceSixth International Convention of Biblical and Semitic Rhetoric
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityRome
Period1/01/181/01/18

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