Enduring Job: The Book of Job in Early Medieval Jewish Literature

William Blake, Job Confessing His Presumption to God Who Answers from the Whirlwind, object 1 (Butlin 461)

This project investigates the reception of the scriptural book of Job in early medieval Jewish literature. The study of the Jewish reception of the book of Job has so far been approached either with a focus on the classical literature of the rabbinic period (redacted between the third and seventh centuries CE) or on works composed from the tenth century onward. This project’s aim is to map with the aid of tools of digital humanities the little-known reception of the book of Job in early medieval Jewish literature, identifying and interpreting its traditions on Job in a set of Jewish texts assumed to have been redacted between the seventh and the ninth centuries. Its goal is to find out how the anonymous intellectuals behind these texts envisioned Job and how they tackled the questions the book poses.