Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award

6-2006

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Graduate School of Theology

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Mark W. Hamilton

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

John T. Willis

Abstract

Considering Job in its canonical form with special attention to the lawsuit and the mythopoeic features, this thesis investigates the portrayal of God in his speeches as a corrective to Job and his friends' erroneous view of God. Their erroneous view is based on the concept of violent and militant divine power that defeated a rival chaos deity before the foundation of the world and established order, justice, and community. Job and his friends believed that just rule, which is to preserve community order, is naturally based on the same violent power with which the world was created. Therefore, any just ruler, including God, is obliged to use his power to destroy chaos in the world and preserve good. In Job's view, any ruler that does not use his power to destroy chaos is guilty. In contrast, God redefines what is good in theocentric rather than anthropocentric, ethnocentric, or egocentric terms.

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