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Hope In Two Keys: Musical Impact And The Poetics Of Job 14

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Job 14, the third and final movement of Jobs response to Zophars first address, contains some of the most familiar words of the book: Mortal, born of woman, is short-lived and full of trouble (v. 1), For there is hope for a tree (v. 7a), If a person dies, will that one live again? (v. 14a). These have been made popular by the impact of the poem, especially in Christian theology, liturgy, and music. Musicians who have interpreted this poem have, for the most part, rightly captured the somber mood of the Joban poem. The reception history of Job 14 is, thus, a story of on-going conversations about the fragility and resilience of hope. The impact of the poem on music, as well, brings attention to the musicality of the text. Therefore, one might, in light of the numerous compositions, consider musical analogies to appreciate the cadences of the poem.

Keywords: christian theology; Job 14; Joban poem; musical analogies



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