Metaphorical Paths and the End of Wisdom in the Book of Job

Abigail Pelham

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/2011

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

One way or many? In the Bible, traditional wisdom, including Job’s own, has argued for a single path toward righteousness: fearing the Lord and departing from evil. But in God’s own speeches, God provides Job with a new vision: Job has been limited rather than enriched by clinging to his one path and avoiding all others. To follow in God’s footsteps is to move in various ways, and God’s questions challenge Job to follow God by walking the many paths of life.

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