F403 Winter 2019 The Book of Job
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Jan. 22–Feb. 12
Instructor: Tom Manteuffel
The author of the book of Job, whose name we do not know, takes as his starting point a story that is already ancient. The story plumbs the question: if God is both all-powerful and loving, how can he not intervene when evil thrives and the innocent suffer? Profound as that question is, this course focuses on the literary artistry of the book of Job rather than its answer to that question. It is literary rather than theological. The book of Job is the most carefully structured book in the biblical canon, and it contains its richest poetry. It has inspired numerous other artists, such as, Blake with his ethereal watercolors. The course will be based on Stephen Mitchell’s poetic rendering into English of the biblical Hebrew, but with many other translations brought to bear as well. As we will discover, this book is not about patience!
Tom Manteuffel holds an MA in philosophy from the University of Chicago and studied graduate computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has studied the book of Job since he was a teenager. In the spring, he will be teaching cybersecurity at OLLI.