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Answer to Job

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Jung has never pursued the "psychology of religion" apart from general psychology. The unique importance of his work lies rather in his discovery and treatment of religious, or potentially religious, factors in his investigation into the unconscious as a whole and in his general therapeutic practice. In Answer to Job, first published in Zurich in 1952, he employs the famil ...more
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Published September 5th 2002 by Routledge,Taylor & Francis Books Ltd imprint (first published 1952)
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Nov 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kierkegaard fans
Recommended to max by: Dad
Shelves: library
In Jung's dense and wild meditation on Christianity, published nine years before his death, he seeks some lofty antecedents, but lets his fast and loose language of archetype cover for some questionable footwork.

Jung clearly built his book as an homage to Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling, substituting the philosopher's exegesis of Isaac and Abraham for an inquiry into the nature of Job. For Kierkegaard, several Rashoman-like retellings of the story eventually yield to furious, brooding analysis
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Jason , etc.
Jun 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Job is the most beautifully written book in the bible, period. It's more prose than anything else. Jung's Answer to Job's cry of 'Why' is amazing. Jung believed in God, which is pretty amazing when considering the stance of most of his contemporaries. His answer to the ultimate question of suffering is worthy of anyone's time, believer or not.
Night0vvl
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اگرچه كه به اندازه ساير آثار يونگ از اين كتاب لذت نبردم اما كتاب خوبي بود و ديدگاه جالبي داشت. در حقيقت يونگ به نحوي به تحليل شخصيت يهوه و دوگانگي وجودي وي در قالب همان نظريه سايه، پرداخته بود و تحليلي روانشناسانه از يك سري عقايد مذهبي خاص ارائه داده بود. بايد اعتراف كنم كه تحليل مكاشفات يوحنا چندان به دلم ننشست و به نظرم تحليل جامع و مانعي نبود اما بيان كننده ي بعدي بود كه به نظر كمتر كسي به آن توجه مي كند.
Jon Ungerland
Jul 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: christians, please god
this book challenges any christian to examine our somewhat naive concept of the shadow of god, and encourages us to reach past our all-too-often childish understanding of salvation.
Richard Wu
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any fictional universe of sufficient salience will create among those who consume it a devoted cadre of individuals known as “fans,” from fanatic, who hunger for verisimilitude between the stated details of that universe and their memories of them. If one should in the course of conversation with an X-Men fan casually toss around a few thoughts about something something “Wolverine’s titanium claws,” then like clockwork will he correct you with something like, “You mean adamantium,” and of course ...more
Цветозар Бонев
"Защото както пълнотата е винаги несъвършена, така и съвършенството винаги е непълно и представлява едно крайно състояние, което е безнадеждно стерилно. Ex perfecto nihil fit."
John
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. A 108 page pyscho-social analysis from both the individual and society levels of the bible—meaning the Old and New Testaments. This book uses the Story of Job in the Old Testament as the event after which man and God’s relationship was forever altered and required Jesus to become incarnate.

This was a fascinating, but super dense read. It rang more as more authentically Christian than well, mainstream Christianity. This story is much more compassionate, self-sacrificial and self-esteem imbui
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Billy
Aug 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Psychology/Philosophy buffs, confused Christians.
Recommended to Billy by: Professor
First off, I'm a Freudian. So whenever I pick up anything written by Jung it is always with a sense of reluctance. His work is both the furthest departure from his great mentor (Freud himself), and at the same time completely saturated with Freudian Thought.

The last and by far most controversial work by the master's star pupil, this book is at times a breathless read and at others a walk through a swamp. For all of his brilliant insight Dr. Jung was, in my opinion, limited at least to a small d
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Rob the Obscure
Sep 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(chuckle....smile....expel air) wow.....
Iver Raknes
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Close to his death, Jung once was asked whether he would rewrite any of his books if he had the chance. He answered that he would re-write all of them only with one exception: his Answer to Job.

Jung was brought up during the mid 19th century. Jung had problems with his faith from an early age. A particular instance of this was a dream he had during his early childhood; In the dream, he saw God defecating on the church of his father-breaking through the roof and destroying the building. Jung spe
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Ali Jones
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I boken Answer to Job analyserer Jung menneskets psykologiske forhold til arketyper og gud som underbevisst fenomen. Man ser til og med at Jung flere ganger har vansker med å skille mellom det underbevisste og gud ettersom begge to konstitueres av en fundamental antinomi som forutsetter muligheten til å handle seg til fullkommenhet overhodet. Gud ville finne et troløst individ, dermed valgte han å bringe terror over den mest troende og gudfryktige av alle, kun siden gud stadig ville gjøre rede f ...more
Jake
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time the all-knowing God made a bet with Satan about the faithful Job and whether he could stand all manner of persecution. A couple of thousand years later, Jung wrote about it and it was much more enlightening than the thoughts of the Pharisees and Saducees. Was this the turning point in the old school yin/yang love-you/kill-you God of great fear and trembling into the modern God of love? Or does the Book of Revelations prove that God is still very angry at you? Read this to find o ...more
David
This work puts the old testament biblical god under the psychiatrist's microscope. Carl Jung doesn't concern himself with the truth or non-truth of biblical events and nor does he see that as important. Jung concerns himself with the truth or reality of the psyche itself freeing himself up to just focus on the functional structure and patterns of mythology (be it traditional myth or just scriptural accounts whose devotees would take offense to being lumped into the mythological category).

Jung o
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ღმერთის "არაცნობიერის" კვლევა - პატარა, ლამაზი ტრაგედია გამოვიდა.
David Thomas
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not an easy beach read, but capital L Literature. It's dry, full of big words, greek, and latin phrases, and requires at least a basic knowledge of not just the mainstream bible but apocrypha such as Enoch. For a book written by a famed psychologist the book is mostly theology, which I found surprising. For as difficult as it is to read, it's also mercifully short at 108 pages.

On to the content. Jung believes Christ is the titular Answer to Job, in that god wanted to become man, and
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E. Sylvia
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short book, so I'm starting a review from the beginning, and will edit it as I go through.

Having read the introduction, it appears that Jung was troubled with the story of Job. How could a "good" god subject an honest man to such a troubled life?

In contrast to the story of Eden, Jung does not feel that people in the book of Job are guilty of an "original sin" and that, instead, good and evil exist on a higher plane of duality, that mankind has innocently inherited.

(editing back in he
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Nora
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Ante el tribunal de la naturaleza y del destino la inconsciencia no es una disculpa; al contrario, están reservados grandes castigos para la inconsciencia. Por ello toda naturaleza inconsciente tiene nostalgia de la luz de la conciencia, aunque, por otra parte, se resiste a ella."
Scriptor Ignotus
Reading Jung's Answer to Job enlivened an otherwise boring day for me. One would assume from the title that the text would be primarily about the Book of Job, but a great deal of Jung's analysis extends through the entire Old and New Testaments, becoming something of a whirlwind biblical exegesis. Jung conceives of God as a personality; one that was originally capricious and infantile on account of its unreflective omnipotence and omniscience and had to be gradually enlightened by its interactio ...more
Gerald Jerome
Even now after having just finished the book I find myself equally confused and apathetic toward the entire process of reading it. I thought that Rogers was tangential in his writing but this is even worse. I was afraid that the introduction notes were a sign of what was to come, and my fears were well established halfway through the book.

From the best of what I understand, Jung psychoanalyzed God and Christianity, but with his own brand of psychoanalysis or analysis or whatever it was. For Jung
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Tony Fike
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carl Jung asks and answer many important, anthropological questions that Job might have asked. Like what did I your faithful servant do. From a purely human viewpoint Carl trys to resolve and accept the dual nature of God. Light and Dark, Love and Justice, Creation and the death and destruction awaiting us in revelation. Heck what about Japan's Tsunammi? How can God let that happen.

To that I say this:

Job is a story in the Bible, probalby written as a result of a dream that occured to a mystic. I
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Bryce Maxwell
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jung dives into a commentary on biblical subjects throughout this one... Crucial to the evolution of Yahweh (or the God-Concept in general), the story of Job challenges the omniscience and loving nature of God. In order to “complete” the divine drama and "compensate" for the wrong that Yahweh has caused Job - God becomes man in Jesus.

From there, Jung looks into the book of Revelations. Most interesting is when Jung explains the motive and reason behind John's revelation with psychological perspe
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Erik Graff
Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of Job
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: psychology
The Book of Job is one of the more interesting works in the Hebrew canon. It is also one of the few books there taken from a non-Hebrew tradition.

In Job, a conventionally good and accomplished man has his faith tested by God and his assistant, Satan, working in concert to systematically destroy everything of value. According to many scholars, the "happy" ending found in modern bibles may not be original. God, in this version, is the Whirlwind.

Jung, naturally, liked Job because it fit readily int
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Ali
Mar 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystysism, research
A beautiful interpretation of Job in the Bible, hermenotique, structural and semiological

پاسخ به ایوب، نگاه یونگ به داستان ایوب در عهد عتیق است، و آنچه میان او و خدا رفته است. نگاهی ست روانشناختی، در عین حال واقع بینانه. یونگ در انسان و سمبول هایش می گوید؛ چیزی که وجود نداشته باشد، نمی میرد. اگر خدا نبود، نیچه مرگ او را اعلام نمی کرد. با این همه یونگ تاکید می کند که اشتباه محض است اگر این اظهار نظر او به عنوان اعتقاد به "وجود خدا" و تایید مذهب قلمداد شود. او وجود خدا را در تفکر انسان بررسی کرده
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Paul
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The short answer is that God's answer to Job was "Jesus Christ". However, Jung takes 140 pages to give the long answer, which will lose or bewilder traditional Christians. If you are "Jung at heart", though, these ideas should not be too surprising: that the psyche is real, that God is reality itself, and that God was found to be incomplete by Job's inquiry, fueling God's desire to become man in the flesh. This is not easy reading, but then, I don't know of anyone else who has given the question ...more
Jim
Apr 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not an easy book to read, as Jung was overfond of technical terms such as "chthonic" and "quaternity." Still, after having encountered the Old Testament God in the Book of Job, I was greatly disturbed by His capriciousness and even amorality. Jung helped explain how the misbehavior of Yahweh led eventually to Christianity.
Maryam Samiei
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
اصلا نتونستم با ایده ی اصلی نویسنده ارتباط برقرار کنم. و چون با مبنای اصلیش مخالف بودم، نتیجه گیری ها هم از نظرم بی اساس بود.
Beka Sukhitashvili
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: phi-re-psy, swiss
ჩემი არაცნობიერი უკიდურეს სტრესში იმყოფება აღფრთოვანებისგან და იუნგის ნაფიქრისგან!
John Pistelli
The back cover advertises Answer to Job as "one of Jung's most controversial works." He wrote it toward the end of his life, in the early 1950s, and according to the introduction to the 2010 edition by Sonu Shamdasani, he composed it in a kind of fever and later considered it the only one of his works he would not wish to alter. A short, swift book, written in a dryly sardonic style, it is a plea to update Christianity, or monotheism more generally, so that it can face the dangers of the atomic ...more
Георги Стоянов
"Отговор на Йов" е най-особената книга на Юнг, която съм чел. На първо място бих изтъкнал, че Юнг не се е грижел особено за удобството и здравия разум на читателя, защото има части от книгата, които са препълнени с теологични, алхимични, исторически препратки, за които не става съвсем ясно как и защо са там и какво точно иска да каже с тях. Стилът на писане е обичайният, труден за проследяване и подобни недообяснени отклонения създават трудности и фрустрация при четене.

Като изключа това, книгата
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Parastoo
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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خیال میکردم این کتاب در مورد ایوب است، برای همين انتخابش کردم، اما همان طور که میشد از روی اسمش حدس زد، در مورد ماجراهای پس از ایوب است، یعنی تکوین یهوه در درام الهی. خلاصه این که ایوب (بشر) در مقابل یهوه (خدای ايوب که مرا یاد طبیعت می اندازد) بسیار ناتوان و خوار و ضعیف است و یهوه پس از شرط بندی با شیطان پدر بیچاره را در میاورد، یعنی رفتار یهوه با ایوب نه تنها رحيمانه نیست، بلکه از عدالت به دور است، به نوعی شیطانی است، ولی ایوب پایبند اخلاق میماند. پس از این آزمایشها یهوه دوست دارد به شکل ایوب ( ...more
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Carl Gustav Jung (/jʊŋ/; German: [ˈkarl ˈɡʊstaf jʊŋ]), often referred to as C. G. Jung, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of extraversion and introversion; archetypes, and the collective unconscious. His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, philosophy, archeology, anthropology, l ...more
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“The difference between the "natural" individuation process, which runs its course unconsciously, and the one which is consciously realized, is tremendous. In the first case consciousness nowhere intervenes; the end remains as dark as the beginning. In the second case so much darkness comes to light that the personality is permeated with light, and consciousness necessarily gains in scope and insight. The encounter between conscious and unconscious has to ensure that the light which shines in the darkness is not only comprehended by the darkness, but comprehends it. The filius solis et lunae (the son of the Sun and Moon) is the possible result as well as the symbol of this union of opposites. It is the alpha and omega of the process, the mediator and intermedius. "It has a thousand names," say the alchemists, meaning that the source from which the individuation process rises and the goal toward which it aims is nameless, ineffable.” 12 likes
“The thread by which our fate hangs is wearing thin. Not nature, but the “genius of mankind,” has knotted the hangman’s noose with which it can execute itself at any moment. This is simply another façon de parler for what John called the “wrath of God.” 735” 1 likes
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