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The Book of Job in Medieval Jewish Philosophy$
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Robert Eisen

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171532.001.0001

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Job Medieval, Job Modern

Job Medieval, Job Modern

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(p.221) 9 Job Medieval, Job Modern
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The Book of Job in Medieval Jewish Philosophy
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Robert Eisen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171532.003.0009

This chapter explores whether there is any commonality between the medieval readings of Job examined and the readings of Job in the modern period. It is shown that the medieval Jewish philosophers were sophisticated biblical interpreters who were sensitive to the exegetical challenges presented by the Book of Job, and they proposed original solutions to those challenges. That sophistication is now more readily apparent. Not only did these thinkers confront the difficulties in Job in an original manner, but sometimes their responses to those difficulties bear striking resemblance to those proposed by modern thinkers.

Keywords:   medieval interpretation, modern interpretation, Saadiah, Maimonides, Ibn Tibbon, Zerahiah Hen, Duran

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