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6 Conclusion: Unfinalizing Job

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This final chapter attempts to conclude or finalize the discussion on whether the various voices in the whole book of Job succeed in finalizing Job. The chapter briefly examines whether the voices in the second and third cycles of the dialogue between Job and his three friends finalize Job as a perfect man. Particularly, in the second and third cycles, the word "words" plays a key function in the dialogic relationship between Job and his friends and in Job's unfinalizability. Elihu's speech is a responsive utterance to Job's voice in chapters 27 to 31 due to the dialogic nature of a word, utterance and speech. Elihu's understanding leads him to finalize Job as a sinful, unwise and imperfect man before God. The Lord intends to remind Elihu of the things he said to Job, make him acknowledge his own limited knowledge/wisdom, and prevent Elihu's voice from finalizing Job as unrighteous.

Keywords: dialogue; Elihu; God; Job



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