Leadership, Social Memory and Judean Discourse in the Fifth - Second Centuries BCE - Diana V. Edelman

Leadership, Social Memory and Judean Discourse in the Fifth - Second Centuries BCE - Diana V. Edelman

Imagining the Memory of an Elder: Job 29–30

Leadership, Social Memory and Judean Discourse in the Fifth - Second Centuries BCE - Diana V. Edelman

Terje Stordalen [+-]
University of Oslo
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Terje Stordalen is professor of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway.

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Job 29–30 reflects an imaginary memory of Job as an elder in a city gate, but in a world that in some respects is different from that of the intended audience. This article makes an attempt to mine this clearly artistic memory for any realistic reflections of social leadership of local elders in the world of the historical reader. Using comparative historical material and especially comparative social theory (Pierre Bourdieu and Fei, Xiaotong), the essay argues that the space for exerting leadership in a traditional local society was very structured and limited. Basically, and elder would lead by putting striking words and action to sentiments and opinions that were in accordance with the predominant local tradition and the local habitus.

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Stordalen, Terje. Imagining the Memory of an Elder: Job 29–30. Leadership, Social Memory and Judean Discourse in the Fifth - Second Centuries BCE. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 11-126 Dec 2016. ISBN 9781781792698. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=26810. Date accessed: 19 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26810. Dec 2016

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