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Such an argument is refuted, as I said, by the above analysis. 2. Genre Distinctions 35 Hence, examination of the genre of the book of Job touches upon both its aesthetic evaluation and its critical examination, which are two sides of the same coin. Anyone who argues that the present composition of the book is not original must do so on the basis of aesthetic judgment: he or she initially states that there are faults in the present text, and in the wake of this assumes that these stem from unreliable transmission of the original text.
6-8 is repeated 1. 7. 2. The seventh time the meaning is ambiguous: either curse God and bring an immediate end to your sufferings; or, with bitter sarcasm, continue to praise God until you die. This ambiguity is a means of focusing the dramatic problem of the prologue, which will accompany us throughout this work: does Job continue to bless God, or does he perhaps in the wake of his suffering dare to 'curse Him to his face', as Satan expected. By this, we are given a hint of the proximity that may exist between these two contradictory responses.
Therefore, Aristotle asks that the plot have some length (so long as it is still clear as a whole), and that it be developed and have some complication (ch. 7, 1450b31). All this is absent, of course, in the book of Job, whose plot may be summarized (apart from what appears in the frame-story) in one sentence. This being the case, there is also no complication, and hence no resolution 44 A Blemished Perfection of the complication in the plot. If, however, we define the ideological complication in the book of Job as a kind of substitute for the complication in the plot (which is not really accurate), then the solution, too, the unravelling of the complication, is distinctly anti-Aristotelian: namely, the appearance of God out of the whirlwind.
A Blemished Perfection: Book of Job in Context by Yair Hoffman