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Job the Silent: A Study in Historical Counterpoint

Bruce Zuckerman


This book offers an original reading of the book of Job, one of the great classics of biblical literature, and in the process develops a new formula for understanding how biblical texts evolve in the process of transmission. The book presents the thesis that the book of Job was intended as a parody the stereotypical righteous sufferer. In this extended analogy, the book compares the book of Job and its fate to that of a famous Yiddish short story, “Bontshe Shvayg,” another covert parody whose protagonist has come to be revered as a paradigm of innocent Jewish suffering. The history of this sto ... More

Keywords: book of Job, biblical literature, biblical text, Bontshe Shvayg, parody, Jews, meaning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780195058963
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195058963.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Zuckerman, author
University of Southern California