Confronting Job's Demons

Steven Shnider

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The theme of demons connects three difficult passages in the Book of Job: Job's curse on the day of his birth in 3:3-10, Eliphaz's mocking censure of Job for that curse in 5:6-7, and 38:12-21, God's challenge to Job for his appeal to demons. A crucial insight is provided by a Talmudic discussion of demons and human suffering, which connects Job 5:6-7 to Psalm 91:5-8.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-535
Number of pages7
JournalZeitschrift fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2021

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  • Aramaic Targum
  • Babylonian Talmud
  • Psalm 91
  • Resheph
  • apotropaic
  • demons


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