One of the things I hoped to do at the recent Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature was pick up a copy of David Clines' volume two of his commentary on Job. Alas, they were out of copies before I arrived at the bookseller's booth.
The other commentary on Job we are all waiting for is that of Michael V. Fox. The wait may be a little long. In the meantime, Fox has published a programmatic essay entitled "Job the Pious" in ZAW 117 (2005) 351-366.
In this post, I take issue with a central thesis of the ZAW article. In what sense can it be said that Job is pious? In my view, the claim needs careful qualification. On many other matters Fox and I agree.
Another question I address is the sense in which Job is a theodicy. Not at all in the usual sense, I argue. The poetry of the book of Job is splendid, of course, and I will post a scansion of a chapter or two, with translation, in the upcoming year.
Go to: IntroJob.pdf