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5 The Dialogic Relationship between Voices in the Prologue and Those in the Dialogue Section

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This chapter takes the same stance as Newsom in terms of the dialogic relationship between the prologue and dialogue. It takes a different position from Newsom in terms of the kind of dialogic relationship that exists between the two different genres. Job's act of bringing his own unique voice may signal an initiative on his part to engage in a dialogic interaction with others' voices. Consequently, Job's reading of the word "womb" in the dialogue leads him to curse his mother's womb in an attempt to erase his present chronotope. In the prologue, God's voice and hassatan's voice cannot be read/ heard by Job the character because of Job's chronotopic limitations. Zophar seems unable to read what Job has already done as introduced by the narrator in the prologue. In the dialogue, Job's friends seem to have a question more distant from the question regarding Job's suffering and about death.

Keywords: dialogic relationship; dialogue; God's voice; hassatan's voice; Job; prologue; womb



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