Is Job an allegory of the exilic experience.

In listening to an audio recording of Job yesterday – I noted the exilic language that was used. The ending of Job is very similar to that of what is said in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes… “Fear God”
We read God rebuking Job’s friends for speaking wrongly of him. This follows the same theme of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. In Proverbs we see Lady Wisdom as being shown as the purist and highest way of living… submerged within the book are references to Torah – (which for the Israelites stands as God’s wisdom) – and rebukes the current wisdom of the day.
Ecclesiastes follows the same – rebukes the then current wisdom of the day and exhorts the son (same theme in Proverbs)to fear God.
Within this context – we then see that the wisdom of Job’s friends is shown to be false and that there is a clear mention of Torah – Genesis in the ending of Job… “in the beginning I am created!”
Could it be that Job in repenting in dust and ashes for seeing God as he truly is – is a picture of the Hebrew people repenting before God as a nation – And that God blessing him once again seven fold is a reference to them being put into exile for 70 years and their subsequent endeavours to re-build the nation into a mighty empire once again?

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About Craig Benno

I'm an average aussie guy who has lived perhaps a not so average life.
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3 Responses to Is Job an allegory of the exilic experience.

  1. Keep up the good work on this blog!

  2. matt laclear says:

    I agree 100%

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