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Lawrence M. Wills

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151428

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195151429.001.0001

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Testament of Job

Testament of Job

Chapter:
(p.242) Twelve Testament of Job
Source:
Ancient Jewish Novels
Author(s):
Lawrence M. Wills
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195151429.003.0012

An introduction and translation of Testament of Job. Unlike the Book of Job in the Hebrew Bible, the main character here does not complain bitterly at his experience, but treats it as a test. Moral endurance becomes the focus here, and this text becomes a transitional document to asceticism. This text presents a clear theology of a heavenly and an earthly realm, with the goal being to transcend the earthly with a vision of the heavenly. It also has parallels to Jewish mysticism

Keywords:   asceticism, Jewish, mysticism, penitence, prayer, Testament of Job

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