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by Norman C. Habel

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Norman C. Habel
Cambridge University Press (June 27, 1975)
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Pages: 252 pages Publisher: Cambridge University Press Published: 1975 ISBN-10: 0521099439 ISBN-13: 9780521099431. Find at a Library Find at Google Books.

Habel, Norman C. The Book of Job. CBCOT. Cambridge University Press, 1975. Ranking Job : (not ranked). Rogerson, John William; McKay, John William.

1. the land of Uz] This word occurs several times in the Old Testament: (1) as the name of a son of Aram, Genesis 10:23; (2) as the name of the eldest son of Nahor, the brother of Abraham, Genesis 22:21; and (3) as that of a descendant of Seir, Genesis 36:28. These references would point either to Syria on the north-east of Palestine or to the region of Edom, further south

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Norman C. Habel examines the "theology of land" as it is reflected in the Old Testament. He identifies six separate ideologies in the Bible: Royal, agrarian, theocratic, ancestral, household, and immigrant. This study has special pertinence for our times. Literary Criticism of the Old Testament (Guides to Biblical Scholarship Old Testament Series). This well-written introduction to the method of literary. This well-written introduction to the method of literary criticism gives the reader an awareness and appreciation of the rich diversity of thought found in the Old Testament.

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The book of Job, which deals with deep-seated conflict between the integrity of God and the integrity of man and belongs to a group of writings known as wisdom literature, surpasses any of its known Babylonian or Egyptian forerunners in the beauty of its poetic discourses and in its insight - the poet struggles to probe the meaning of life, especially life where suffering and injustice prevail for no apparent reason.
  • I had read two previous books by the author, Norman Habel, and did not think much of them ("Are You Joking, Jeremiah?" WAS a joke, and the "Concordia Commentary on Jeremiah-Lamentations" was just okay). But this Cambridge Commentary on the New English Bible is concise, insightful, and thought-provoking. Its length of 240 pages includes the full text of the NEB translation, an introduction leaving me wanting more, and intelligent discussion of the text as it stands, as well as of the emendations made by the NEB translators/editors.
    While accepting the critical theories regarding the text as an amalgamation of a prose story of patient Job and the discussion with the three friends (which would NOT make sense without the prose introduction), as well as the chapter 28 poem on wisdom, the Elihu interference (chapters 32-37), and the Voice out of the Whirlwind (NEB "Tempest"), Habel discusses the congruities rather than the dis-congruous. He notes where elements of discussion don't quite add up, as, for example, Eliphaz' appeal to a dream (4:12-21) to support a wisdom derived from the ancients, or where they turn up again later, an example is Job's regret of his birth (chapter 3, turns upo again in chapter 10, especially 10:18). The rhetorical features, particularly the opening rejoinders are also set off from the arguments that follow each. Habel avoids taking a narrow view of the ideas in the book, as if each speaker is always speaking in the same terms of the same things. God's answer to Job is not to declare Job either right or wrong in terms of his righteousness, but to re-frame the context from one man's experience to that of the universal struggle against chaos, out of which God has brought (or created) life. The series of unanswerable questions God asks Job function to bring him (and us readers) into that broader context, and the creatures Leviathon and Behemoth are part of that redefined context, contends Habel, though the NEB translation opts to find naturalistic equivalents for what Habel takes for mythic (and cosmologically evocative) creatures. In Habel's reading, Elihu's speeches are an anticipation of, and a heightening of the Voice from the Tempest, and not merely a spoiler.
    As to the theme of why do the seeming evil prosper while the good-willed suffer, I understand Habel's view to be that Job is taken out of the me-centered context which allows him to move on. To some extent or another, we all must accept (or overcome) a certain amount of injustice in the world or else we would be paralyzed. God offers no explanation, only a demand for submission, which Job ultimately yields, without, notably, sacrificing his integrity. Habel deals sensitively with Job's desire for a Redeemer to make his case before God. It is a theme taken up in the New Testament, but a loose end so far as the Hebrew Scriptures are concerned.
    Habel has a longer commentary on Job put out by another publisher. I am tempted to invest in it, but the present Cambridge Commentary is well worth the reading for a busy pastor, or serious layman, ready for meaningful discussion of the translated text.

  • I'm taking a class in Job currently, and so far (I've read up to ch 32) this commentary has been the most insightful. I've compared it a little with Balentine's and Hartley's. I haven't read other commentaries, but this has been one of the most insightful commentary that I've read on any biblical book. His primary strength is in appreciation of Job as a fine work of literature. Not that this negates the view of Job as the word of God. Rather, it enhances one's appreciation for Job as Scripture. It is only that he focuses on the literary features such as irony, sarcasm, parallelism, inclusio, use of key terms, etc. He brings the text alive through his constant reference to other parts in Job. He also creatively weaves in allusions to other parts of the OT as well as ANE myth and other literature. As an example of his writing and interpretation, here is what he has to say on a beloved verse (19:25):

    "The go'el `rises' to testify on Job's behalf just as the Satan rose to challenge Job's integrity. Thus, Job's go'el is a `defender' or defense attorney who is the counterpart of the Satan, whose name is a technical title for his role as the `accuser' or prosecuting attorney. This figure need not be a personal deity like those of Sumerian theology (Pope), nor need the figure be identified any more precisely than is the `Satan.' The go'el is an appropriate sympathetic member of the heavenly council, an angel figure who assumes the role of the defender of Job's innocence, the arbiter of Job's trial (cf. Zech 3:1-5; Gen 48:16), and the vindicator of Job's integrity."

    Very conservative readers may not appreciate this commentary (Habel was part of Seminex in the 1970s), but they can still appreciate the fact that Habel is very concerned about the literary unity of the text. Whereas other interpreters would argue for a longer editorial process of Job, he argues for the unity, not only of individual passages but of the book as a whole (prose and poetry sections). One downside is a lack of pastoral implications and theological interpretation. This is mostly higher biblical criticism, but with a high view of the book. Highly recommended. This commentary will open your eyes to the beauty in the book of Job.

  • Very clear and readable while at the same time very academic

  • This easily may be one of the most useful one volume commentaries on a biblical book available, incorporating immense scholarship, insightful commentary, and accessibility with affordability. If you can only afford to purchase one commentary on the Book of Job, you really need to look no further.

  • Thoroughly researched and organized in a manner that one can pick and choose chapters without losing continuity or meaning. It's a first class piece of scholarship. The lengthy introduction alone is worth the price of the volume.

  • I am preparing a sermon series on the Book of Job and Habel's work has been very helpful. While not as good as Hartley's work The Book of Job (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)or as extensive as Clines' Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 17, Job 1-20 (clines), 617pp I find it better than Andersen's Job (Tyndale Old Testament Commentary Series). If one can only afford one modern commentary I would reccomend Hartley and Habel would be a close second.