Of Stars and Sea Monsters: Creation Theology in the Whirlwind Speeches

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/2011

Issue: Job (Vol. 31, No 4, Fall, 2011)

The whirlwind speeches at the end of Job (Job 38–41) depict a cosmos that is radically non-anthropocentric. This cosmos includes creatures and places indifferent towards human beings and quite dangerous for them. Nevertheless, God delights in these wild creatures and places and gives them a place in creation. Job responds to the whirlwind speeches by choosing to live with the same freedom God grants all of God’s creatures.

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