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This introductory chapter gives an overview of concepts of subsequent chapters covered in the book on Job the Unfinalizable. In the history of interpretation, various interpretative strategies and methodologies have been used to resolve the problematic elements that complicate Job, making it difficult to finalize the book. An essential part of this new approach is encapsulated in Bakhtin's concept of the chronotope. The book shows that this concept provides a new way to understand the interactions not only between the characters but also between the genres in the book of Job. Genre in Bakhtinian thought is different from genre as described in form-criticism in biblical studies. Newsom validly uses Bakhtin's dialogism and the idea of a polyphonic text to see the whole book of Job as such a text. The book reads the Masoretic Text from among the possible variant textual traditions of the books of Job.

Keywords: Bakhtin's dialogism; chronotope; Job; polyphonic text



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