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Title: Images of creation and evil in the Book of Job
Author: Fyall, Robert S.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1991
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This study examines the problems of theodicy and creation in the book of Job through an exploration of some of its most important images and exegesis of the principal passages in which they occur. Four main areas of imagery: Death, the Chaos Monster, Creation and Law are explored, drawing on illustrative material especially from other parts of the Old Testament and from the Ugaritic texts. An introductory chapter sets out the guidelines for the study and analyses the relationship of imagery to mythology and Theology. It is argued that the problem of evil and suffering in Job is inextricably linked with the doctrine of creation and the legal framework of the heavenly court in which the book is set. Chapters 2-7 explore the images of Death and Supernatural evil. Chapters 2 and 3 focus on the theme of Death and argue that contextually, linguistically and thematically Behemoth is to be identified with Mot, god of Death. Chapters 4 and 5 make a similar analysis of the Leviathan figure and argue his identity with the Satan of the Prose Tale. Annotated translations and detailed exegeses of the Behemoth passage (Ch. 40:15-24) and the Leviathan passage (Ch. 40:25-Ch. 41:26) form a major part of the argument. Chapter 6 looks at the figure of Rahab and briefly comments on Apocryphal and Rabbinic treatments of the subject. Chapter 7 discusses the imagery of the sea and the sea god. Chapters 8 and 9 examine the basic framework in which these images operate. Chapter 8 looks at Creation Imagery, exploring especially Job Chapters 28 and 39. Chapter 9 looks at legal imagery through an analysis of the 'witness' passages in Chapters 9, 16 and 19, with an annotated translation of the go'el passage (Ch. 19:20-27). Chapter 10 suggests three areas in which the study could be taken further: the study of the book of Job itself; issues in Old Testament Theology and areas of Pastoral Theology.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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