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‘I know you can do all things’ (Job 42:2): A literary and theological analysis of Job’s testimony about Yahweh’s sovereignty

Blessing O. Boloje, Alphonso Groenewald
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a3356 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3356 | © 2016 Blessing O. Boloje, Alphonso Groenewald | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 February 2016 | Published: 31 August 2016

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Blessing O. Boloje, Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Alphonso Groenewald, Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

The article presents a literary and theological analysis of Job 42:2 as a fitting resolution of the conflicting engagement between Yahweh and Job, which enables both parties to preserve their integrity. The article examines Israel’s testimony about Yahweh’s sovereignty as a background, it analyses Job’s testimony in 42:2 and then demonstrates that this passage probes more deeply into the theology of creation – the inescapable purpose of what God does. The article shows that Job’s testimony about the sovereignty of Yahweh indicates an unusual personality and potent force that is manifested in the events of Job’s life as an agent whose sovereignty is remarkably unlimited. The substance of Job’s testimony this article proposes, produces a dynamic figure that has an overwhelming task at the centre stage of its subject’s well-being. This role, moreover, is the engine that drives Israel’s testimony; the splendour of Israel’s faith and the source of Israel’s life. This role is a theological datum of substance.

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Job; Job 42; literary; theological

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