THE USE OF CREATION LANGUAGE IN JOB 3, 9 AND 38 AND THE MEANING OF SUFFERING

D I Tönsing

Abstract


This essay attempts to discern an approach to the problem of suffering by analyzing the use of creation language in three passages in Job (Job 3:1-10, 9:1-10 and 38:1-15) on the background of the theology of cosmic order and retribution common in the ANE.  In the first two passages, Job responds to the oral disorder he perceives in his suffering by deconstructing, through his language, the physical order of the universe assumed by the theology of cosmic order.


Keywords


Creation language; Job; Suffering; Principle of retribution

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/59-0-1537

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