“The Vision in Job 4 and Its Role in the Book” by Ken Brown

The Biblical Review

Ken Brown. The Vision in Job 4 and Its Role in the Book: Reframing the Development of the Joban Dialogues. Forschungen zum Alten Testament 2. Reihe 75. Tübingen, Germany: Mohr Siebeck, 2015, xi + 350 pp., 84,00 €  (sewn paper).

Job*I’d like to express my gratitude to Mohr Siebeck for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Ken Brown’s monograph on Job expertly explores the centrality of Job 4:12-21 in Joban dialogue, considering it the touchstone for the whole dialogue. Unlike his predecessors, Brown approaches job through a methodology involving intertwined synchronic and diachronic analysis “to offer a more comprehensive view of the vision’s complex and contested role in the book” (51). Most notably, part of the analysis concludes that the oft considered “mistakes” were, in fact, intentional adjustments of the text to reframe the book. He also offers a unique vision as to the original…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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