X hits on this document

905 views

0 shares

0 downloads

0 comments

170 / 370

163

of character as those of whom the psalmist complained when he said,

Violent witnesses rise, that which I do not know they ask me. Psalm 35:11

The series of humiliating questions which comprise the cantus firmus of the Yahweh speeches are precisely that

which Job does not know64 and cannot declare.65 a parody of Psalm 35:11, Yahweh rises,

Almost in

that which Job does not know, Yahweh asks him.

"The Enemy behind the Enemy"

A very few times in the book of Job a certain ambiguity appears surrounding precisely who is to be rightfully viewed as an enemy figure. Thus, although it is entirely possible that Job could "curse God" (this, after all, is the point of the heavenly wager), it is Job's wife who urges the assump- tion of enmity upon him. She may therefore be viewed as something of an enemy, although the only explicit evidence of her enmity lies behind the potential enmity of Job as an exhortation.66

fdy-xl as in Psalm 35: 11. fydvh as in Job 38:3=40:7. 64 65 66 On the various judgments of Job's wife ranging from adiutrix diaboli, assistant of Satan (Augustine), to loyal wife who sells her hair to support Job in his destitution (Testament of Job) see Gordis, p. 21, and idem., The Book of God and Man:A Study of Job, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1965), pp. 10ff.

Document info
Document views905
Page views905
Page last viewedThu Dec 08 06:05:52 UTC 2016
Pages370
Paragraphs4563
Words81467

Comments