Truth vs. Tradition: The Book of Job as Protest Literature

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 115, Seerley Hall
Many ancient Israelites, as recorded in the Bible, believed that since sin causes suffering, someone who is suffering must have sinned. John Burnight, philosophy and world religion, will argue that the first five chapters of the Book of Job critique this dominant Israelite theology of the time, one based on the ideas that sin and suffering are invariably linked, and that the elite of a society enjoy their status because they are more righteous than those who are “lowly” and afflicted.