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Contradictory Juxtaposition in Other Books

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This appendix the use of contradictory juxtaposition in other books. The Book of Job is not the only book to use this contradictory juxtaposition. In fact, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Psalms of Lament also employ similar unexpected juxtapositions. In order to back the argument that contradictory juxtaposition in Job 22-31 is a deliberate authorial device to perform positive rhetorical functions, their use of this literary device is investigated in the appendix. The Book of Proverbs is by nature a collection of sayings that refer to a great range of circumstances and perspectives, whereas the Book of Job is by nature a coherent story. After comparing Job 22-31 with Proverbs, Psalms 9-10, Psalm 73 and Ecclesiastes, one can discover that contradictory juxtaposition is a typical rhetorical device for expressing the perplexity of life in the Old Testament wisdom literature and wisdom psalms.

Keywords: Book of Job; contradictory juxtaposition; ecclesiastes; Psalms of Lament



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