dwashbur at nyx.net
Thu Jun 10 13:08:04 EDT 2004
Here's the part that has always bugged me: how do you know that these other
poems aren't renditions or derived from a very old Job story? I know it's
chic to assume that the HB came last, but I've never seen a good basis for
such assumptions. For that matter, why not conclude that such a theme was
popular in the ANE and several cultures built stories around it? There are
lots of ways to look at this.
On Thursday 10 June 2004 10:56, david.kimbrough at charter.net wrote:
> Job is a Hebrew rendition of a much older poem, "The Righteous Sufferer"
> which is known both in Sumerian and Babylonian. The basic themes are same,
> a righteous man who performs all of the correct sacrifices and ceremonies
> falls from grace with the gods and suffers terrible afflictions. He
> struggles to understand how bad things happened to righteous men but
> expresses despair ever knowing. A little snippet -
> My god has forsaken me and disappeared,
> My goddess has failed me and keeps at a distance.
> The benevolent angel who walked beside me has departed,
> My protecting spirit has taken to flight, and is seeking someone else.
> My strength is gone; my appearance has become gloomy;
> My dignity has flown away, my protection made off....
> David Kimbrough
> San Gabriel
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