The Book of Job’s Philosophical Poetry

Aug. 16 2018

Should the biblical book of Job be read as literature? To Robert Alter, it must be—since its author couched its famous exploration of theodicy in some of the ancient world’s most sublime poetry. The author even has Job speak in more elegant verse than his friends’ and gives God the most eloquent lines of all. Alter, who recently completed a translation of the entire Hebrew Bible, discusses the form and content of Job, and the experience of rendering it into English, with John J. Miller. (Audio, 34 minutes. Options for download and streaming are available at the link below.)

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More about: Hebrew Bible, Hebrew poetry, Job, Religion & Holidays, Translation

 

Hamas Returns to Its Cycle of Extortion

Aug. 13 2020

Last week, Hamas resumed launching explosives attached to balloons and kites into Israel, one of which landed in the southern town of Arad. The IDF responded with airstrikes, and the terrorist group first test-fired a barrage of missile into the Mediterranean and then fired a missile at an Israeli town—provoking further counterstrikes. Why disturb the peace now? Because, writes Yoav Limor, the monthly aid Hamas receives from Qatar is set to expire next month:

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More about: Hamas, Israeli Security, Qatar