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Job the Silent: A Study in Historical Counterpoint

Bruce Zuckerman

Abstract

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

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Zuckerman, author
University of Southern California