Job 28 as rhetoric :an analysis of Job 28 in the context of Job 22-31

Lo, Alison (2002) Job 28 as rhetoric :an analysis of Job 28 in the context of Job 22-31. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Scholars often regard Job 28 as a secondary addition and deny it as Job's speech because of its inconsistency with Job's other speeches. This study seeks to argue that Job 28 is an integral part of the book as it stands, and that it is Job's speech. Job 28 serves a special function within the book and within chapters 22-31. Within the book, Job 28 is part of the author's entire plot design. Plot development and Job's characterization demonstrate this and make it reasonable to attribute the speech to Job. In addition, Job 28 also relates to the rhetorical situation of the book, i.e. the exigency, the constraint and the audience. Furthermore, it is also within the author's overall rhetorical strategy of "from less to more adequate perspectives" (Newsom) to achieve the transformation of the exigency. Job 28 is in contradictory juxtaposition with other sayings of Job. However, the thesis argues that such contradictory juxtaposition is a feature of Job's speeches in chapters 22-31. The juxtaposition of Job's contradictory sayings in Job 22-31 is part of the author's strategy in order to make a rhetorical impact upon the audience. The main argument of this thesis is that Job 28, as Job's words in its present position, has a special rhetorical function within the whole book, and more specifically within the context of chapters 22-31.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Bible; Job
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creatives
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2022 11:28
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:57

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