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The Rhetoric of Suffering: Reading the Book of Job in the Eighteenth Century

Jonathan Lamb


This book draws on the book of Job as a touchstone for the contradictions and polemics that infect various 18th century works — poetry, philosophy, political oratory, accounts of exploration, commentaries on criminal law — which tried to account for the relations between human suffering and systems of secular and divine justice. Deliberately eschewing questions of chronology or discursive coherence, genre or topic, the author offers considerations of Richardson and Fielding, Hawkesworth and the South Pacific, Goldsmith and Godwin, Hume and Walpole, Blackstone and Bentham, Burke and Longinus, a ... More

Keywords: Book of Job, human suffering, divine justice, consolations, secular justice, Divine Legation of Moses Demonstrated, Longinus, complaint, William Warburton, dissident

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198182641
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182641.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Lamb, author
Princeton University