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The environment, technology, and wisdom according to the Book of Job

Presented at Seoul and Geneva, 2016-2019
PublisherZürich : LIT Verlag
  • Theology in the Public Square; 12
Publication date2022

This paper shows that, according to ancient Near Eastern worldview, the purpose of the action of the Creator God and of the humans is to control natural environment. In the Book of Job, Job's character is suffering. He puts in question the justice of the Creator God because it seems to him that the order of the world is not right regarding the wisdom's principle of retribution of humans' acts. Responding to that, God's speeches in Job 38 to 41 show that the order of the world as well as action of the Creator God is much more complex than what the human wisdom is able to understand. The hymn of Job 28 adds that even if technologies and capacities developed by human wisdom are impressive, that is not the true wisdom.

  • Bible
  • Job
  • Wisdom
  • Ecology
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MACCHI, Jean-Daniel. The environment, technology, and wisdom according to the Book of Job. In: Main Challenges for Christian Theology Today : Religious Pluralism, Transhumanism, Ecotheology : Consultations between Yonsei University’s College of Theology (Seoul) and the University of Geneva’s Theological Faculty, 2016-2019. Seoul and Geneva. Zürich : LIT Verlag, 2022. p. 291–305. (Theology in the Public Square)
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