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Unformatted text preview: Tim Mayer I t is my contention that the Book of Job is an allegory, not to be read factually. Whether Job existed or not is not important to anyone other than historians. To the suffering thinker the questions are there, and an answer is provided. The most marvelous and extraordinary thing about [Job] is the fact that knowledge is not attributed to him. He is not said to be a “wise” or a “comprehending” or an “intelligent” man. Only moral virtue and righteousness in action are ascribed to him. For if he had been wise, his situation would not have been obscure to him.- Maimonides, Moses, Shlomo Pines, and Strauss, Leo. The Guide of the Perplexed, Vol. 1 . New York: University Of Chicago, 1974. Print. Job’s unquestionable righteousness is no safeguard from the contingencies and reversals of fortune that literally define the world order. Indeed, Job’s “innocence” (lack) of intellectual insight into the true nature of the world is the very cause of his suffering. He suffers precisely on account of his “innocence” (ignorance), and his suffering....
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- Spring '10
- Judaism, Suffering, jewish philosophy, moral vir tue, Saadiah ben Joseph