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On the Scales of Righteousness: Neo-Babylonian Trial Law and the Book of Job
Magdalene, F. Rachel

Providence, R.I.: Brown Judaic Studies, 2007 pp. xiv + 365. $59.95

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Description: Many commentators have argued that the book of Job contains a trial between God and Job, the nature of which is the subject of lively scholarly debate. In On the Scales of Righteousness, the author brings together her training in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, biblical interpretation, and law to examine the bookís legal language. She maintains that comparative study of the biblical text and the Neo-Babylonian trial system that was in existence at the time the text was most likely written reveals a wealth of information about the trial, and allows the reader to solve several of the literary and theological puzzles in Job. Approximately 340 Neo-Babylonian litigation records were used in this research.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, Job, Literature

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Review by Markus Witte
Published 3/22/2008
Citation: Markus Witte, review of F. Rachel Magdalene, On the Scales of Righteousness: Neo-Babylonian Trial Law and the Book of Job, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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