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Kelly Bulkeley and Clodagh Weldon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199735426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735426.001.0001

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God on the Couch

God on the Couch

Teaching Jung's Answer to Job

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Teaching Jung

Clodagh Weldon

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the pedagogical challenges raised when teaching Jung's controversial and often vexing Answer to Job in an Old Testament theology course on Prophets and Wisdom Literature. Offering a detailed exposition of Jung's most theologically daring text, the chapter examines the educational process of students’ learning Jung's theories as he confronts the dark side of the biblical God. The chapter argues that Answer to Job provides a useful means of encouraging students to consider multiple perspectives and methodological approaches to scripture. Further, it discusses the necessity of a baptism by fire into analytical psychology and presents several suggestions for framing Jung's methodological approach to biblical texts. Finally, it offers a number of pedagogical strategies she has found to be very effective when teaching Jung.

Keywords:   Old Testament, scripture, biblical texts, job, theology, God, God Image, faith, Victor White

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