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Die funksie van Elihu (Job 32-37) in die boek Job

H. Viviers

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 16, No 1 (1995), 171-192. doi: 10.4102/ve.v16i1.447

Submitted: 20 September 1995
Published:  20 September 1995


The function of Elihu (Job 32-37) in the book of Job. The Elihu speeches (Job 32-37) in the design of the book of Job are usually evaluated either totally redundant or literary fitting and functional. Why were they integrated in the book of Job, without adding anything new or profound? A literary-pragmatic analysis was done on these speeches to detennine their function in Job. The text was analysed narratologically and poetically. This was complemented with insights from reception-criticism ("implied author", "implied reader") and pragmatics (politeness strategies) in order to also. read "between the lines". The exigency for the integration of the Elihu speeches in the book of Job seems to be the ironic exposure of the doctrine of retribution.

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