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Summary and Conclusion

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This chapter shows that Job 28 is Job's words and an integral part of the book of Job. Despite its seeming incongruities of tone and content, Job 28 fits in well with the whole book and with the context of chapters 22-31. It is part of the entire book's plot design; it relates to the rhetorical situation of the book; and it is part of the author's "from less to more adequate perspectives" rhetorical strategy. Within the context of chapters 22-31, Job 28 shares the rhetorical device of contradictory juxtaposition with its surrounding chapters. All such contradictory sayings of Job serve to alert the audience to the inadequacy of their traditional theodicies. Job's characterization also provides an answer to the inconsistencies between Job 28 and its surrounding context. Job 28 relates to the rhetorical situation of the whole book, namely, the exigency, audience and constraint of the book.

Keywords: Job 28; rhetorical strategy



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