Book of Job

Book of Job - Book of Job - - - - James Joyce described the...

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Book of Job - James Joyce described the west as being “Jew Greek, Greek Jew”. We are all a synthesis of these two different strands. Greek philosophy (Greco Roman philosophy) and Judeo-Christian Religion. - Central Themes of Greek/Roman Philosophy o Justice o Reason (Emphasis on reason, what we can know, rationalism) o Self-Actualization (Self-Perfection/ Perfectionism)-Virtue (which is very closely related to justice) o Moderation (results from the exercise of reason) o Happiness - Leaving some of these issues behind to take up other ones. - Major issue in the Book of Job is suffering (not discussed by the Greeks, seen by the stoics and in Marcus Aurelius). Not taken up by Greek political philosophy (seen in Greek Drama) - Here it is brought out to the forefront. - One of the greatest and baffling texts. Religious text often summed up under Revelation. - Encountering of a God who is reveled to us, who inspires faith. - Understanding the moral worldview that emerges from Judaism, will be taken over by Christianity, and then will dominate the West for 1500 years. o Moral World View according to - Story of Job dates to approx. 7 th to 4 th century BC. Don’t know the authorship. Really a folktale (with no specific religious content) that existed in the Middle
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