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Job/Book of Job
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I. Job and the Crisis of Wisdom – II. The Job Novella – III. Job's Dialogue with His Friends – IV. God's Response

I. Job and the Crisis of Wisdom

With Qohelet , Job bears literary witness to the crisis of wisdom thought in the Old Testament. According to the wisdom tradition, God formed the world embodying a good and just order. This order reveals itself to those who seek knowledge; it vouchsafes them knowl…

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Spiekermann, Hermann, “Job/Book of Job”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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