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Jewish Apocalyptic Literature: Testament of Job

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Testament of Job

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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