Heidegger's Bible Handbook: Job: Chapter Summary



Among the Poetic Books, Job obtains the first place, 1. The truth of the history of Job asserted against the ancient Hebrews, 2. אִיּוֹב/Job appears to denote ἐράσμιον/amiable. Why was he called Jobab by the ancients? 3. His native country Uz is Arabia Deserta or Ausitis. A threefold Uz is mentioned in the Sacred Books. Job was born of the posterity of Nahor, 4. He was not of the chosen and separated people of God, but of the faithful of the world, 5. He was neither Jobab, nor the King of the Idumeans, 6. Whether the writer of the book was Job? Whether it was first written in Arabic? Whether it was written or translated by Moses? It appears probable that Job, or one of his friends, kept a record, and that from these in a later time a history was composed, 7. The argument and scope of the book, 8. The book was composed in meter, but in one unknown to us, 9. The era of Job is search out. It is proven that he is more ancient than Moses, 10. The age of life, or of the year of life, of Job, 11. The parts of the book are two: I. The history of the afflictions, or of the temptations and patience, of Job (Job 1-31). II. The happy turn of the temptations and afflictions of Job (Job 31-42). A Synoptic Table, and the Interpreters of the book, Ancient, Reformed, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, and Hebrew, 12.

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