An Unheard Voice amidst the Commotion: Analysis of Job 2:9-10 in Light of the Law of Retribution

Grams-BenĂ­tez, Larisa M.
August 2011
Journal of Latin American Hermeneutics;Aug2011, p1
Academic Journal
Job's wife is the first person in the Joban narrative to challenge the ubiquitous law of retribution, the first to reject the image of an unjust God. She resists the discrepancy which arises between the conception of a God of mercy and a tyrannical god. Although her questioning of the governing worldview is legitimate, previous scholarship has severely criticized this biblical character. This article advocates for the vindication of the image of the wife of Job, along with all the women she represents: women who have something to say yet have been silenced and written off. By means of feminist hermeneutics, the objective is to offer a more sympathetic reading of Job 2:9. Moreover, another aim is to interpret this text from a Latin American perspective.


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