The Cruel God: Job's Search for the Meaning of Suffering

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For abbreviations see page 215. Numbers in parentheses refer to the third section of Bibliography.


CHAPTER ONE
1
Robert Gordis, Koheleth--The Man and His World (18).
2
From The Tablets of Sumer, pp. 4 f., quoted by permission of the publishers (19).
3
Ibid. Schools were plentiful in the ancient world; clay tablets bearing the writing exercises of beginners bear witness to them. Teachers opened their houses to pupils and lived on fees paid by wealthy parents (education was always costly). A letter from "A Teacher to a man of Shechem about 1400 B.C.," W. F. Albright, BASOR, No. 86 ( Apr., 1942), pp. 30 f., reveals a school head pressing a defaulting father for overdue feet and saying, "The children who are with me continue to learn."
4
The famous poem "The Woman of Worth" [ Prov. 31:10-31] is a work of like nature. It covers the training of a girl in a school of home economics. Margaret B. Crook, "The Marriageable Maiden of Prov. 31:10-31," JNES, XIII ( July, 1954), 137-40.
5
"To meet your needs" stands in ERV and RSV as "even you." Our rendering gives the wiseman's intention, i.e., to provide the scholar with a reference book.

CHAPTER TWO
1
Ezek. 14:14. A survey of Joban folktale by Stevenson, Poem of Job (11), chapter vi, includes an account of the Greek "Testament of Job," a compilation known to have existed before the end of the fifth century A.D., and shows Job as a heathen king converted to worship of the true God by a vision. Among the rich finds from Cave 11 at Qumrân are portions of a long lost Aramic Targum of Job which, at the very least, offers dramatic witness to the age and popularity of Job's story. For brief reference to this discovery consult the index of No. 21, 22 or 23 in the Bibliography.
2
Matt. 5:1-2, for instance, shows Jesus seated to deliver the Sermon on the Mount with his disciples gathered around him.
3
I Kings 18:21.
4
W. F. Albright, "Two Little Understood Armarna Letters from the Middle Jordan Valley," BASOR, No. 89 ( Feb., 1943), pp. 7-17.

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