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H. L. GINSBERG, Job the patient and Job the impatient

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The particular virtue of the hero of the framework of the Book of Job is unflinching loyalty to God under unimaginably severe trials or, in the phrase which the King James Version of the Epistle of James v 11 has made a household ward wherever English is spoken, "the patience of Job". Building on this phrase one may say that there are two main strata in the Book of Job: the Book of Job the Patient, or JP; and the Book of Job the Impatient, or JIP. As regards JP, there is general agreement about its nature and import and disagreement only about its extent. In the case of JIP, on the other hand, there is even more disagreement on its interpretation than on its delimitation. On the extent of JP, one may distinguish a minimalist, a medialist, and a maximalist view.

Keywords: Book of Job; Epistle of James; God; Job the Impatient (JIP); Job the Patient (JP)



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