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2 Job in the Chronotope of the Prologue

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This chapter analyzes the function of each voice in each scene with respect to the question of whether or not Job is a completely perfect man. It enunciates that the purpose of the prologue is to provoke readers to participate actively in the act of finalizing Job as a man who is perfect, upright, a fearer of God and a shunner of evil by reading questions from various voices in the prologue and expecting more voices yet to come. The narrator wants readers to begin their readings of the development of Job's character with an awareness of Job's chronotopic limitations in knowledge. The chronotope of the heavenly scene following on the chronotope of the first earthly scene circumscribes Job's knowledge in the prologue. According to hassatan's theory, Job understands himself as one who still remains in chronotope of the first scene and attempting to reconstruct his piety and rhythmic life.

Keywords: chronotope; hassatan; Hebrew; Job; prologue



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