Lecture 32 - The Book of Job God sets up a wager with Satan...

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The Book of Job God sets up a wager with Satan, the bet is that if Job’s possession is taken away, his faith will falter. There are certain beliefs in the Hebrew Bible that are coeval with Greek tragedy. Somebody sets the world up for tragedy, like Job or Oedipus. The secret of life is death. At some deep biological level, you can sense your death. The first problem is that God and Satan seek to unseat Job’s piety. This is the prerogative of celestial beings, but the theology is suspect because the nature of the wager can never be revealed to Job himself. Job is not only wronged but duped. There is a final redefinition of the divine attributes of God. Cursing the day one is born is a desperate impiety. It may have incurred God’s sudden eruption of anger and the transformation into the whirlwind. God permits Satan to scourge Job but not kill him. After losing his children and livestock and servants, he is afflicted with boils and a loss of wisdom. His three friends find him distressfully concerned with his own situation. When they hear him curse the day he was
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course VIC 201 taught by Professor Julianpatrick during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto.

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Lecture 32 - The Book of Job God sets up a wager with Satan...

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