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Meaning and context in Job and Tobit


Kwon, Jiseong James (2019). Meaning and context in Job and Tobit. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 43(4):627-643.

Abstract

The book of Tobit, which is dated to the Hellenistic period, is often compared with the model of the pious and innocent sufferer in the book of Job which is assumed to be the product of a late Persian or early Hellenistic scribal idea. It has been argued that in many ways, the author of Tobit directly alluded to Job’s texts and put its literary framework and themes into a new historical context, the Assyrian Diaspora. However, these literary works are quite dissimilar in how they use various Israelite and non-Israelite materials and they substantially reflect different thoughts and interests. In this article, I indicate how each book understands Jewish the literary tradition and suggest that both books reflect their own intellectual background. This will be discussed in relation to four areas: (1) suffering and theodicy; (2) dialogue; (3) retribution, law, and piety; and (4) election, eschatology, and the apocalyptic.

Abstract

The book of Tobit, which is dated to the Hellenistic period, is often compared with the model of the pious and innocent sufferer in the book of Job which is assumed to be the product of a late Persian or early Hellenistic scribal idea. It has been argued that in many ways, the author of Tobit directly alluded to Job’s texts and put its literary framework and themes into a new historical context, the Assyrian Diaspora. However, these literary works are quite dissimilar in how they use various Israelite and non-Israelite materials and they substantially reflect different thoughts and interests. In this article, I indicate how each book understands Jewish the literary tradition and suggest that both books reflect their own intellectual background. This will be discussed in relation to four areas: (1) suffering and theodicy; (2) dialogue; (3) retribution, law, and piety; and (4) election, eschatology, and the apocalyptic.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Theology
Dewey Decimal Classification:230 Christianity & Christian theology
200 Religion
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Religious Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords:Apocalyptic, Intertextuality, Job, Tobit, Torah, Wisdom
Language:English
Date:17 July 2019
Deposited On:10 Sep 2019 06:43
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 15:07
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:0309-0892
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0309089218762283
Official URL:https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0309089218762283
Related URLs:http://journals.sagepub.com/home/jot (Publisher)

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