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Studies on the Testament of Job
Knibb, Michael A. (Michael Anthony), 1938-
Publication Information:
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
vii, 172 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Five papers read at two meetings of SNTS Seminar on Early Jewish Writings and the New Testament, 1986 and 1987. Two papers in German.
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Bringing together as it does papers delivered at the 1986 and 1987 meetings of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas Pseudepigrapha Seminar, this collection takes as its theme the Testament of Job. For much of the modern period the Testament of Job has been one of the lesser-known pseudepigraphic products of early Judaism, and this book attempts to remedy the deficiency of scholarly material in the area with a well-balanced treatment of its central concerns. Approximately the length of the New Testament book of Romans, the Testament celebrates the virtue of patience through a folkloristic elaboration of the Biblical story of Job. Yet the Testament adopts from the Biblical story scarcely more than the framework, much of it highlighting themes unusual in both early Christian and early Jewish writings. From the viewpoint of the history of religions it is of interest for its image of Satan, its ecstaticism and its emphasis on magic; it sheds light on the Jewish background of the early Christian phenomenon of glossolalia; and it is intriguing because of the remarkable role it assigns to women. The contributors to this volume are all distinguished scholars, and they provide an accessible introduction to this relatively neglected ancient document.

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
1 IntroductionPieter W. Van Der Horst and Michael A. Knibb
2 The Testament of job: a history of research and interpretation RussellP. Spittler
3 P. Koln Inv. Nr. 3221: Das Testament des Hiob in koptischer Sprache. Ein VorberichtCornelia Romer and Heinz J. Thissen
4 Zur Komposition und Konzeption des Testaments HiobsBerndt Schaller
5 Images of women in the Testament of JobPieter W. Van Der Horst
6 Job's perseverance in the Testament of job Cees Haas
Index of authors
Select index of passages in the Testament of job
Index of subjects