We Find Ourselves Put to the Test

We Find Ourselves Put to the Test

A Reading of the Book of Job

eBook - 2018
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"The question of whether the world we inhabit offers us, at bottom, hospitality or indifference is central to the spiritual literature of all cultures. We Find Ourselves Put to the Test: A Reading of the Book of Job returns to the biblical text to explore the enduring relevance of that question and its philosophical dimensions. Beginning with the puzzle of Job's first words (he is famously both stoic and nihilistic in the face of his losses) it explores the contradictions of suffering as the lived experience dramatized in the dialogue between Job and his friends. How is it that the friends' attempt to comfort Job by constructing a rational explanation of his misfortune devolves so seamlessly into blaming the victim? How is it that Job's own renunciation of life at the nadir of his pain converts, against all expectation, into an intellectual patience that outlasts the advocates of rational explanation? We Find Ourselves Put to the Test gives us a portrait of the suffering protagonist looking into the heart of a creation that is, by necessity, indifferent and hospitable. It provides a reading that goes beyond exegesis by using The Book of Job to model the possibilities of personal engagement with the text, suggesting a way of reading that is animated by a consideration of the reader's narratives and communities, the limits of his or her own understanding, and ultimately, the possibility of an encounter with the holy."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018.
ISBN: 9780773554375
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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