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Reading Job as a Kierkegaardian Text: The Incarnation of Indirect Communication


In: Biblical Interpretation
Author: Brennan Breed1
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Søren Kierkegaard offers two different readings of the book of Job, one in his book Repetition and the other in one of his “upbuilding discourses” published during the same year. This essay contextualizes Kierkegaard’s authorship and argues that he presents Job as a maieutic text designed not to teach certain content, but rather to force the reading subject to wrestle with contradiction and criticize a number of viewpoints, including the reader’s own presuppositions. In the end, the maueitic text does not offer any answers: It merely encourages the birth of the critical subject. Exegetical examples focusing on the prologue and Job’s speeches in Job 9 explore the potential for more thoroughgoing maieutic readings of the book of Job.


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