1997-04-30: The Book of Job

The Book of Job (1987)

tr. and introduction by Stephen Mitchell (1943-)

This is a poetic translation of the book of Job in a modern idiom, and with an explanatory introduction. This book is significantly different from the other books of Mitchell’s that I have been reading. The conception of God seems very foreign to the spiritual outlook Mitchell has expressed in his other works; it is somewhat surprising. The book is older than the others (the translation is copyright 1979).

The translation, as poetry, is very good. However, I found little else to admire in this work. I’m sure that Job is important to theologians and students of the Old Testament notion of God, but it is too remote for me.

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