THE DIMENSIONS OF JOB by Nahum N.--Ed. Glatzer


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The enigmatic Book of Job is, in Mr. Glatzer's view, a prefigurement of the agony of modern man expressing itself in the ancient cycle of trial, rebellion, assertion of human dignity, and, finally, conciliation and acceptance. The first part of the book maintains that thesis by an analysis of the Book of Job and then by an outline of the evolution of the Job tale in Judaism and Christianity. The second part is a collection of texts from some three dozen thinkers who have, in one way or another, contributed to the deciphering of the riddle of Job: Buber, Danielou, Renan, Josiah Royce, Gilbert Murray, Chesterton, James B. Conant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, etc. Professor Glatzer's view of Job as an essentially contemporary figure is not, of course, new; nor, for that matter, is it a thorough- going exploration of all the implications, allegorical or otherwise, of the Book. It is instead a pleasantly readable and not unstimulating presentation of an old truth in moderately new garb, and as such the book recommends itself more to the intelligent layman than to the theologian or the biblical scholar.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1969
Publisher: Schocken