Abstract

An analysis of the Advocate Passages in the book of Job indicates that Satan may be proposed as that advocate. This, in turn, opens the door to another look at the prologue of this text. With an analysis of the roll Satan plays in Yahweh's heavenly court, a different translation is proposed for Job 1:5, 11, and 2:5, rendering the root ברך as "blessing" rather than the euphemistic "curse." The resulting revision of the relationship between Yahweh and Satan also leads to an interpretation of Job as a human at the mercy of an indifferent God and world.

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