Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The epilogue

“Job ends up a wiser man, for he sees better the nature of God’s work in the world and recognizes the limitations of his former viewpoint. The manifestation of his peace with God, of his renewed spiritual vigor, is that he reconstitutes his life. He is a vessel into which blessings can be poured; he who wished to have died at birth now fathers new sons and daughters. That, in addition to its answering the demands of simple justice, is the significance of the epilogue (which many critics have belittled as crass).”—Jewish Bible Theology, page 227

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I like that. I've always felt that the epilogue got short shrift; this reading confirms my thoughts—so it must be right! :)
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