The Hebrew book of Job is by all accounts an exquisite piece of literary art that holds its rightful place among the most outstanding compositions in world literature. Yet it is also widely recognized as an immensely difficult text to understand. This volume opens an eclectic conversation on the various ways Job has been interpreted. This volume covers the first 21 chapters of Job.
In elucidating that ancient text, this inaugural volume in the Illuminations commentary series by C. L. Seow pays close attention to the reception history of Job, including Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Western secular interpretations as expressed in theological, philosophical, and literary writings and in the visual and performing arts. Seow offers a primarily literary-theological interpretation of Job, a new translation, and detailed commentary.
The appearance of Leong Seow's marvelous, eclectic commentary on the book of Job is an occasion for celebration. It is the first critical commentary to give proper weight to reception history along with the philological and literary analysis necessary to support judicious interpretation. Seow is a thorough and learned commentator with a keen eye and ear for ambiguity and nuance. In addition, his lucid and elegant writing is a pleasure to read.
Jewish Theological Seminary
As in his masterful commentary on Ecclesiastes, Seow brings to the book of Job a rare combination of historical knowledge, linguistic expertise, patient attention to details, and a sense of existential and theological perspective...The result is a commentary that is bound to become a classic in Job studies.
-J. Gerald Janzen
Christian Theological Seminary
This is easily the most comprehensive commentary available on the book of Job. From detailed textual analysis to artistic and poetic interpretations, Seow provides a rich avenue into one of our most complex biblical books. The breadth of scholarship is matched by the clarity and attractiveness of presentation. This will be a standard work for a long time to come.
-Patrick D. Miller
Princeton Theological Seminary
A lucid, extraordinarily erudite commentary.
-Michael V. Fox
University of Wisconsin-Madison
An outstanding masterpiece of philology, exegesis, and theological interpretation.
University of Zurich
One of the very best commentaries in the last hundred years...Much of Seow's work will not need to be redone.
-Michael D. Coogan
Harvard Divinity School
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