Job 28 (The Wisdom Poem) with Scott Jones
Dr. Scott C. Jones (Covenant College) helps us “mine” the depths of the marvelous and mysterious wisdom poem in Job 28. We discuss a number of things, including: the speaker of the poem, its challenge to human self-confidence, its ancient Near Eastern background, the difficulty of translating its imagery (and translating in general), and its connections with the Epic of Gilgamesh (and space exploration).
RELEVANT WORK BY SCOTT JONES
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Rumors of Wisdom: Job 28 as Poetry. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 398. De Gruyter, 2009.
“Job.” In The Oxford Handbook of Wisdom and the Bible, ed. Will Kynes. Oxford University Press, 2021.
“Job 28 and Modern Theories of Knowledge.” Theology Today 69 (2013): 486–96.
THIS EPISODE’S BLURBS
Scott Jones recommends:
Greenstein, Edward. Job: A New Translation. Yale University Press, 2020.
OTHER BOOKS AND ARTICLES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
Fox, Michael V. “The Speaker in Job 28.” Pages 21-38 in “When the Morning Stars Sang”: Essays in Honor of Choon Leong Seow on the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday. Edited by Scott C. Jones and Christine Roy Yoder. De Gruyter, 2018.
Lo, Alison. Job 28 as Rhetoric: An Analysis of Job 28 in the Context of Job 22-31. Brill, 2003.
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