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The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations

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Carol Newsom illuminates the relation between the aesthetic forms of Job and the claims made by its various characters. Her innovative approach makes possible a new understanding of the unity of the book that rejects its dismantling in historical criticism and the flattening of the text that characterizes many final form readings. Additionally, she rehabilitates the moral ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2003)
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Mike Garner
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book of Job is truly an inexhaustible work composed by a literary genius. Carol Newsom's reading of Job is among the finer testaments to the Joban genius. Particularly, her offering of the polyphonic concept as a literary device that is part of an intentional design for a structuralist reading is intriguing. Overall the book is accessible to anyone that has read the book of Job with some academic interest.
Toby
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Newsom uses Bahktin's theory of polyphonic texts to work through some of the standard challenges related to the genre of Job. Lots of good observations, and a number of good leads.

Kate Davis
So well researched, and so nuanced. A lovely opening up of the text that uses the texts' ambiguity constructively.
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