The Book of Job translated by stephen mitchell
- How to describe God’s relationship with the Accuser; Job; the Comforters. Give examples and fully explain.
- The literary form of the beginning and end of the book vs. the middle section. What, if anything, do you make of this?
- Personal trials of the sort that Job goes through sometimes strengthen a person and result in personal growth. It was said in class that Job has at least 2 “epiphanies” during the course of the story. What are these? Fully explain them.
- State several arguments of the Comforters. At times they seem almost cruel. How do you explain this given that they care about Job and have shown him love?
- What is Job’s reaction to them and to his plight. Start at the beginning of the saga and explain whether and how Job’s attitude changes
- The Speech from the Whirlwind. Read this several times. Be ready to cite examples of God’s attitude to Job, to the universe God created, to creatures in the universe that are cruel to one another.
- How does God’s speech affect Job.
- Is Job a very radical book? Why? Why not?
Crimes and Misdemeanors the film
- Give an overview of the plot of the movie.
- What does Judah seem to feel when his brother Jack suggests “getting rid of her”?
- Explain the first debate between Judah and Rabbi Ben in Judah’s office. Judah says, “We’ve been having this debate our whole lives.” What is the debate?
- How does Judah react to the killing? When he first hears; when he is walking with Jack later on; when he is in the restaurant with his wife and daughter.
- How does he describe his ultimate reaction in the discussion with Clifford at the end of the movie? What is Clifford’s reaction? What is yours?
- Is there any sort of “problem of evil” that the movie dramatizes? Does the movie suggest any sort of answer or positive approach to such a problem?
- Is the movie simply negative or nihilistic? Give evidence from the movie.
- What is the role of humor in the film? Does humor affect what you took away from the movie?
- The eye, both human and divine, are mentioned many times throughout the film. What’s the point of this?
- For each of the main characters, explain how the film sees them. That is, does it see them at good, as evil, as mixed?
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