In Metaphors in the Discussion on Suffering in Job 3–31, Hanneke van Loon offers a new approach to the theme of suffering in the book of Job. Her analysis of metaphors demonstrates that Job goes through different stages of existential suffering in chapters 3–14 and that he addresses the social dimension of his suffering in chapters 17 and 19. Van Loon claims that Job’s existential suffering ends in 19:25, and that chapters 23–31 reflect a process in which Job translates his own experience into a call upon the audience to adopt a new attitude toward the unfortunate ones in society. The theoretical approach to metaphors is based on insights from cognitive linguistics.
Hanneke van Loon, Ph.D. (2017), KU Leuven, is independent researcher. Her interests include Biblical Studies and Biblical Hebrew linguistics. Currently, she is working on Job 32-42 to prepare a sequel to Metaphors in the Discussion on Suffering in Job 3–31.
“In this revision of her Leuven PhD thesis (supervised by Pierre van Hecke), Van Loon provides two short introductory chapters sketching recent developments in cognitive linguistics, set alongside contemporary exegetical approaches of genre and metaphor. The juxtaposition leads to fruitful conversation…. This is a compelling book which invites us to take a varifocal view and be drawn back into engagement with a great folk-tale.”
– Hazel Sherman, in: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Volume 44, Issue 5, June 2020.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Metaphor and Biblical Exegesis: a Proposal 1 New Developments in Cognitive Linguistics and Biblical Exegesis 2 Metaphor in Cognitive Linguistics 3 Metaphor and Biblical Exegesis 2 The Theme of Suffering in the Book of Job 1 Literary Approaches to the Book of Job 2 The Structure of Job 3–31 3 Metaphors of Suffering in Job 3–31 3 Suffering in the Opening Speech (Job 3): the Unrest of Being Imprisoned in Life 1 Job 3:20–26 in the Context of Job 3 2 Job 3:20–26: Text and Translation 3 Metaphors in Job 3:20–26 4 The Conceptualization of Suffering as Being Imprisoned in Life 4 Suffering in the First Speech Cycle (Job 4:1–15:16): the Loss of Hope 1 The Conceptualization of Suffering in Job 7:1–11 2 The Conceptualization of Suffering in Job 10:18–22 3 The Conceptualization of Suffering in Job 14:4–12 5 Suffering in the Second Speech Cycle (Job 15:17–22:30): the Denial of Consolation 1 The Conceptualization of Suffering in Job 17:6–16 2 The Conceptualization of Suffering in Job 19:20–29 3 Winding Up the Dialogue 6 The Suffering of the Poor in Job 23–31: on Morality in an Imperfect World 1 Job 23–31: on Morality in an Imperfect World 2 The Suffering of the Poor 3 The Topic of the Poor and Needy and the Discussion of Job’s Yield Conclusion 1 But Man is Born to Trouble … 2 Metaphors and the Rhetorical Development in Job 3–31 3 Interpretational Cruces and Other Interpretational Decisions 4 Notes for Future Research BibliographyIndex
All interested in the book of Job and the themes of suffering, hope and consolation, and anyone concerned with cognitive linguistics and metaphor research in the Hebrew Bible.