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Shared ideas in Job and Deutero-Isaiah


Kwon, Jiseong James (2017). Shared ideas in Job and Deutero-Isaiah. Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 129(1):32-46.

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It has been suggested that the books of Job and of Deutero-Isaiah (Isaiah 40–55) have a variety of similarities in their linguistic features and common subject-matter and because of this, it has been argued that there is literary dependence or influence of one book upon the other. Although such an author-oriented approach, by which scholars explain similarities by the theory of literary references, has some value, there is no specific reason to understand those similarities by a sort of direct literary dependence. However, these two books are likely to include the common scribal mindset of the Persian period. Here I put forward shared ideas of God’s universal control and freedom which are distinct from the Mosaic covenant and apocalyptic ideas. With these comparisons between Job/Deutero-Isaiah and other concepts in the Hebrew Bible, I propose the dating of the two books and argue that these cultural ideas about God’s control and freedom reflect the Persian scribal idea on the formation of the two books.

Abstract

It has been suggested that the books of Job and of Deutero-Isaiah (Isaiah 40–55) have a variety of similarities in their linguistic features and common subject-matter and because of this, it has been argued that there is literary dependence or influence of one book upon the other. Although such an author-oriented approach, by which scholars explain similarities by the theory of literary references, has some value, there is no specific reason to understand those similarities by a sort of direct literary dependence. However, these two books are likely to include the common scribal mindset of the Persian period. Here I put forward shared ideas of God’s universal control and freedom which are distinct from the Mosaic covenant and apocalyptic ideas. With these comparisons between Job/Deutero-Isaiah and other concepts in the Hebrew Bible, I propose the dating of the two books and argue that these cultural ideas about God’s control and freedom reflect the Persian scribal idea on the formation of the two books.

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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 > History
Social Sciences & Humanities > Religious Studies
Language:English
Date:7 March 2017
Deposited On:09 Sep 2019 12:43
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 15:07
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:0044-2526
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/zaw-2017-0003
Official URL:https://www.degruyter.com/downloadpdf/j/zatw.2017.129.issue-1/zaw-2017-0003/zaw-2017-0003.pdf
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