I chopped out two sections from this week's intro to Job, one kind of general observation, and one related section from our consideration of Chapter 4. I could see even during the recording that I was going way over time, so I just gave up on the whole section and moved on to Jonah. It was such a useful subject to explore, though, that I went back afterwards to finish it off to publish as an out-take!

redaction criticism

As we noted in Monday's podcast, the actual Hebrew text of the book of Job is pretty quirky. With both late and archaic language and plot devices, and an apparently eclectic composition, it's a great opportunity to talk about form criticism: the study of the biblical narrative, and what its literary patterns can tell us about the composition, purpose, and meaning of each text.

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