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Juridiska metaforer i Jobs bok: En analys av hur de juridiska metaforernaanvänds, utvecklas och värderas i Jobs bok
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Religious Studies and Theology.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Legal metaphors in the Book of Job : How Legal Metaphors are Used, Developed and Evaluated through the Book of Job (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to investigate how legal metaphors are used, developed and valuated through the book of Job. By the method of close reading I analyze the speeches of Job in order to investigate if and how the legal metaphors maintain tension between source and main domain, if they are meaningful, are used in a creative way and developed through the book of Job. The legal language is used by the prophets to explain the suffering of the people by ascribing God to the roles of prosecutor and judge who punishes the people for their violation of the covenant. In the book of Job the friends of Job represent tradition. They promote the theory of retribution and claim that Job is being judged and punished for his sins. Job breaks with the tradition and wish es to meet God in court, and assigns different legal roles to God; plaintiff, accused, witness, his legal representative and the criminal. Through out the book of Job the tension between God and all these different roles is maintained and discussed. Job cannot meet God in court because they are unequal and there is no one who has authority over God. To behold God criminally accused seems inappropriate because God is the foundation of justice. However Job keeps using the metaphors in his complaint before God. The oath in chapter 31 shows the absurdity to put all different legal roles of God into one model but nevertheless shows how the legal metaphors are useful as a language of complaint. In the speeches of God there are no legal metaphors and Job is responding by admitting his limitation in explaining the works of God and by promising to be quiet. The friends of Job are being rebuked for having talked wrong about God. They used the legal metaphors to explain God and the works of God. The legal metaphors are not to be used as explanatory models but provide a platform for the innocent to form their complaint for vindication.

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2018. , p. 79
Keywords [sv]
Juridiska metaforer, Jobs bok, ribmönster, gudsbilder, klagan.
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-132OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-132DiVA, id: diva2:1222216
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Biblical Studies, Old testament
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Master’s Program in Theology, Biblical Studies, One year
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Available from: 2018-06-21 Created: 2018-06-21 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved

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