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The Bible, Gender, and Reception History: The Case of Job's Wife
Low, Katherine

London: Bloomsbury, 2013 pp. xii + 228. $100.00

Series Information
The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 586



Description: This monograph investigates the fleeting appearance in the Bible of Job's wife and its impact on the imaginations of readers throughout history. It begins by presenting key interpretive gaps in the biblical text concerning Job and his wife, explaining the way gender studies offers guiding principles with which the author engages a reception history of their marriage. After analyzing Job and his wife within medieval Christian theology of Eden, the author identifies ways in which Job's wife visually aligns with medieval images of Satan. The volume explores portrayals of Job and his wife in publications on marriage and gender roles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, moving onto an investigation of William Blake's sharp artistic divergence from the common tradition in his representation of Job's wife as a shrew. In the exploration of societal portrayals of Job and his Wife throughout history, this book discovers how arguments about marriage intertwine with not only gender roles, but also, with political, social, and historical movements.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, Job, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Greco-Roman Literature, Early Christian Literature, Other Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Ideological Critique, Theological Approaches, Other Methods

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Review by Jordan M. Scheetz
Published 4/16/2015
Citation: Jordan M. Scheetz, review of Katherine Low, The Bible, Gender, and Reception History: The Case of Job's Wife, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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