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‘You are all quacks; if only you would shut up’ (Job 13.4b–5a): Sin and illness in the sacred and the secular, the ancient and the modern

Abstract:
This article focuses on the theme of illness within the dialogue between the character of Job and his ‘friends’ (Job 3—37). It looks specifically at the different explanatory models used by the characters to interpret and contextualize Job’s condition and explores language of sin and blame in illness. A key contribution of this article is to highlight the problematic nature of moralizing and searching for meaning during illness and to emphasize the need for greater empathy.
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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1177/0040571X17740523

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Theology Faculty
Sub department:
Theology and Religion Faculty
Oxford college:
St John's College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Journal:
Theology More from this journal
Volume:
121
Issue:
2
Pages:
84-91
Publication date:
2018-02-23
Acceptance date:
2017-06-30
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EISSN:
2044-2696
ISSN:
0040-571X
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pubs:702841
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uuid:683c3dd8-19ba-4a61-a617-f2279e9ad907
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pubs:702841
Source identifiers:
702841
Deposit date:
2017-07-03

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