Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ancient Literature: Old Testament (4)

10-Second Literature Reviews

Job. Greatest poetic drama in the Old Testament. Undeserved suffering and God’s justice. Is suffering always punishment for sin? Job tested. Wealth vanishes. His children die. He is smitten with boils. Does not “curse God and die.” Faith is rewarded.

Psalms. 117 hymns. Many ascribed to David.

Proverbs. Maxims and pithy statements about sin and righteousness. Common sense, observation. Solomon?

Ecclesiastes. All is vanity. Rejoice in labor, the gift of God. Despairing tone. To everything a season.

The Song of Songs. Love idyll. Oriental love poem? Allegory of union between Christ and the Church?

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