The Book of JobBMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39314.452292.4E (Published 30 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:453
- John Launer, senior clinical lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic, London, and an associate director at the London GP Deanery
Many of the books in the Hebrew Bible take the form of histories, while some are collections of poetry or prophecy, and a few are like short novels. The Book of Job, uniquely, is a play. Its brief prologue tells of the catastrophes inflicted by God on the hero, a wealthy and virtuous farmer. These include the deaths of all his children and servants, the loss of his entire livestock, and affliction with a vile skin disease. In the verse drama that then follows, Job bemoans his fate in a series of chilling suicidal laments: “Let the day perish …
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