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Where shall wisdom be found? : Calvin's exegesis of Job from medieval and modern perspectives /
Susan E. Schreiner.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1994.
ix, 264 p. ; 24 cm.
0226740439 (alk. paper)
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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1994.
0226740439 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-258) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-11:
The subdiscipline history of biblical exegesis typically appeals only to scholars, and this book may suffer the same fate, but it should not. Schreiner's insights into the studies of Job by Gregory the Great (chapter 1), Moses Maimonides and Thomas Aquinas (chapter 2), John Calvin (chapters 3 and 4), and various modern writers--specifically Georg Fohrer, Marvin Pope, Robert Gordis, Samuel Terrien, Norman Habel, Edwin Good, Carl Jung, Archibald MacLeish, Elie Wiesel, and Franz Kafka (chapter 5)--illuminate crucial questions in the study of the book of Job, particularly the problem of human perception of the justice and providence of God. The apparent order found in nature contrasts with the confusion of history and God's role--if any--in it. Consequently, the book will be of significant value both to scholars (especially those studying the Old Testament, Gregory, Maimonides, Aquinas, or Calvin) and to the thoughtful student. Schreiner plays off writers in this line against each other, especially Calvin, showing how they agree and disagree about themes or passages in Job. The title derives from Job 28, which receives minimal attention from Schreiner, and the subtitle might suggest more focus on Calvin than the book actually delivers. Advanced undergraduate through professional. P. L. Redditt; Georgetown College
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Through countless retellings, from the Talmud to Archibald MacLeish and since, the story of Job has become a fixture in the cultural imagination of the West. In this study, Susan E. Schreiner analyzes interpretations of the Book of Job by Gregory the Great, Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas, and particularly John Calvin. Reading Calvin's interpretation of Job against the background of his most important medieval predecessors, Schreiner shows how central Job is to Calvin's struggles with issues of creation, the problem of evil, the meaning of history, and the doctrine of providence. For Calvin and his predecessors, Schreiner argues, the concept of intellectual perception is the key to an understanding of Job. The texts she examines constantly raise questions about the human capacity for knowledge: What can the sufferer who stands within history perceive about the self, God, and reality? Can humans truly perceive the workings of providence in their personal lives or in the tumult of history? Are evil and injustice a reality that we must confront before finding wisdom? In her final chapter, Schreiner turns to the wide array of twentieth-century interpretations of Job, including modern biblical commentaries, the work of Carl Jung, and literary transfigurations by Wells, MacLeish, Wiesel, and Kafka. The result is a compelling demonstration of how the history of exegesis can yield vital insights for contemporary culture.
Table of Contents
Where is the Place of Understanding?
The Coherence of Gregory'sMoralia in Job
The Exulting of the Wicked is Short
Maimonides and Aquinas on Job
Does God Pervert Justice?
Suffering and Justice in Calvin'sSermons on Job
Behold Behemoth!
Nature and History in Calvin'sSermons on Job
Modern Readings of Job
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