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The Book of Job

OT605

The Book of Job

This course seeks to introduce students to a ruled reading of the book of Job in light of its theological context, literary structure, and verbal profile. A critical discussion of the history of Job’s interpretation, both premodern (Gregory, Maimonides, Aquinas, Calvin) and modern (Kafka, Jung), will also form an essential part of the course. Various exegetical and historical issues raised by the book will be discussed, not merely for their own sake, but specifically with a view toward promoting a deeper understanding of the character of Job as Christian scripture. To that end, the book’s outlook on a number of theological and literary issues will be canvassed, for example, the contribution made by wisdom, providence and figuration for assessing Job’s message, as well as the literary and theological significance of conflict and reversal.

Taught in Residence and Online by the Rev. Dr. Don Collett