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Divinely Abused: A Philosophical Perspective on Job and His Kin
Verbin, N.

New York: Continuum, 2010 pp. xvi + 162. $110.00

Description: Divinely Abused is engaged with the logical features of the experience of divine abuse and the religious difficulties to which it gives rise. Taking Job's trial as a test case, Verbin explores the relation between Job's manner of understanding and responding to his misfortunes and other manners of responding to misfortunes, e.g., rabbi Aqiva's, Kierkegaard's and Simone Weil's manners of responding to misfortunes. She discusses the religious crisis to which the experience of divine abuse gives rise and the possibility of sustaining a minimal relationship with the God who is experienced as an abuser by means of forgiving God.

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

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Review by F. Rachel Magdalene
Published 8/28/2012
Citation: F. Rachel Magdalene, review of N. Verbin, Divinely Abused: A Philosophical Perspective on Job and His Kin, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2012).

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