THE IMPACT OF DEATH (‘THE KING OF TERRORS’) ON HUMAN DIGNITY IN JOB 18:14

Hendrik Bosman

Abstract


The reference to death as the ‘king of terrors’ in Job 18:14 is interpreted against the
background of the Ugaritic mythology, the terrifying fate of the wicked and other
Old Testament references to death as a violent challenge to life and human dignity.
It is argued that the Old Testament does consider God to be stronger than death
without developing a pronounced theology of life after death. In contrast to the
modern denial of the reality and inevitability of death one should face the challenge
of accepting one’s death while maintaining human dignity.

Keywords


Baal Myth, Death, Job 18:14, Human Dignity

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/102-0-601

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