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John J. McDermott

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224845

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823224845.001.0001

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The Problem of Job

The Problem of Job

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(p.833) 28 The Problem of Job
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The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume II
Author(s):
John J. McDermott
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823224845.003.0008

This chapter studies the central problem of the Book of Job from the point of view of a student of philosophy. The problem of the book is the personal problem of its hero, Job himself. Discarding, for the first, as of possibly separate authorship, the Prologue, the Epilogue, and the addresses of Elihu and of the Lord, one may as well come at once to the point of view of Job, as expressed in his speeches to his friends. Here is stated the problem of which none of the later additions in the poem offer any intelligible solution. In the exposition of this problem, the original author develops his poetical skill and records thoughts that can never grow old. This is the portion of the book which is most frequently quoted and which best expresses the genuine experience of suffering humanity. Here, then, the philosophical as well as the human interest of the poem centers.

Keywords:   Book of Job, philosophy, suffering, humanity, human suffering

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