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MMW2 Writing Assignment 1 Summer 2008 Length : 4 6 pages Due date : Thursday, July 3, in section Context: The Book of Job in the Hebrew Bible is the account of a pious man who, as the result of a wager between God and Satan, has been afflicted with terrible suffering. Job is depicted as struggling against a sense of injustice when he tries to understand why he, who has lived a blameless life, should have to endure so many trials. In a sense, the author of the Book of Job can be seen as grappling with an important question of divine justice: will the Israelites’ God protect and reward those who live by his rules? Within the Book of Job it is possible to infer different answers to that question. Job’s friends express confidence that their deity will reward the virtuous and punish the wicked. They ask, for example, “who that was innocent ever perished?” and point out that “those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same” ( New Oxford Annotated Bible , Job 4.7 8). Job, too, sometimes expresses his faith in divine justice, saying that “though [the wicked] may heap up silver like dust, and pile up clothing like clay— / they
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