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The Book of Job (Cambridge Bible Commentaries on the Old Testament) Paperback – June 27, 1975
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"The go'el `rises' to testify on Job's behalf just as the Satan rose to challenge Job's integrity. Thus, Job's go'el is a `defender' or defense attorney who is the counterpart of the Satan, whose name is a technical title for his role as the `accuser' or prosecuting attorney. This figure need not be a personal deity like those of Sumerian theology (Pope), nor need the figure be identified any more precisely than is the `Satan.' The go'el is an appropriate sympathetic member of the heavenly council, an angel figure who assumes the role of the defender of Job's innocence, the arbiter of Job's trial (cf. Zech 3:1-5; Gen 48:16), and the vindicator of Job's integrity."
Very conservative readers may not appreciate this commentary (Habel was part of Seminex in the 1970s), but they can still appreciate the fact that Habel is very concerned about the literary unity of the text.Read more ›