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Studies on the Testament of Job by Michael A. Knibb (Editor); Pieter W. Van der Horst (Editor)For much of the modern period the Testament of Job has been one of the lesser-known pseudepigraphic products of early Judaism, and this book attempts to remedy the deficiency of scholarly material in the area with a well-balanced treatment of its central concerns. The contributors to this volume are all distinguished scholars, and they provide an accessible introduction to this relatively neglected ancient document.
Approximately the length of the New Testament book of Romans, the Testament celebrates the virtue of patience through a folkloristic elaboration of the Biblical story of Job. Yet the Testament adopts from the Biblical story scarcely more than the framework, much of it highlighting themes unusual in both early Christian and early Jewish writings. It is of interest for its image of Satan, its ecstaticism, and its emphasis on magic. It sheds light on the Jewish background of the early Christian phenomenon of glossolalia, and it is intriguing because of the remarkable role it assigns to women.
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The Testament of Job by Maria Haralambakis; Lester L. Grabbe (Series edited by)Maria Haralambakis provides a wide-ranging study of the pseudepigraphon the Testament of Job. Haralambakis begins with textual issues, considering the recent publication of a 4th century Coptic codex of the text, as well as the more well-know Byzantine Greek manuscripts. However, she also considers a much larger number of Slavonic manuscripts than many scholars.