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An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature"The Birth, Death, and Intertextual Reintegration of a Biblical Corpus$
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Will Kynes

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777373

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198777373.001.0001

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The Intertextual Network of Job and the Selective Nature of Genre

The Intertextual Network of Job and the Selective Nature of Genre

(p.149) 5 The Intertextual Network of Job and the Selective Nature of Genre
An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature"

Will Kynes

Oxford University Press

The Wisdom Literature category has never been able to contain Job’s vast intertextual potential, and the category’s exclusive application distorts the book’s meaning through canonical separation, theological abstraction, and hermeneutical limitation. Job is embedded in a dense intertextual network. Appreciating the book’s distinctiveness requires reading it in relationship to as many literary groupings as its content and form justify. These include pre-modern genre designations, such as poetry, prophecy, and drama, as well as those produced by ancient Near Eastern parallels, such as the exemplary-sufferer texts. In recent scholarship, some of these have been resurrected, along with proposed adapted genres, such as dramatized lament or metaprophecy, and meta-genres, such as parody and polyphony. As selective perspectives, each of these proposed textual groupings underscores some salient feature of the book and thus combining them reveals the complexity and nuance of its meaning.

Keywords:   Job, poetry, history, torah, prophecy, drama, epic, lament, lawsuit, polyphony

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