The Book of Job: Its Origin, Growth and Interpretation

The Book of Job: Its Origin, Growth and Interpretation

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The Book of Job: Its Origin, Growth and Interpretation

The Book of Job: Its Origin, Growth and Interpretation

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A WITTY Frenchman once remarked of the Bible as a collection it was plus célère que connu. It is in the hope of making a contribution towards having the most celebrated of the books of the Bible better known--and by that I mean a deeper penetration into its real meaning and significance--that I offer a new translation which, based on an entirely revised Hebrew text, will be found to differ materially from the current translations. Preceding the translation and forming the first part of the work, I have given the results of a study of the origin, growth and interpretation of the Book of Job, which represents the outcome of many years of devotion to this remarkable production of antiquity, dealing with problems that are as vital and as puzzling to-day as they were two milleniums ago when the book, after an extended process of amplification, reached its final form.

The Book of Job may be said to have suffered from its celebrity. Regarded by universal consent as the literary masterpiece of the Old Testament and, indeed, as one of the masterpieces in world literature, the average person feels himself dispensed by virtue of this admission from reading it, much as Milton's Paradise Lost is universally admired but compara-

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