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Wisdom in Revolt: Metaphorical Theology in the Book of Job by Perdue

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7 The maintenance of world order in Ugaritic mythology revolved around a similar myth of fertility, featuring Baal and his consort 1. Jacobsen, The Treasures of Darkness, 104-109. 2. Jacobsen, The Treasures of Darkness, 152-64. 3. ANET, 596. 4. ANET, 602. 5. Foster McCurley, Ancient Myths and Biblical Faith (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1983), 73-124. Also see Othmar Keel, The Symbolism of the Biblical World (New York: Seabury, 1978), 201-202, for iconographic depictions of God's participation in the process of generation and birth.

ANEP, no. 749; discussed by Keel, The Symbolism of the Biblical World, 17. 6. ' Compare this to Ps. 22-27). The elaborate description of the temple plans and their execution dominates the central portion of the Solomonic narrative (1 Kgs 5-8). 1 And through temple ritual and the rule of justice, the duration of world and society is secured. In the appropriation of this metaphor the sages speak of the necessity of Yahweh's construction of a house (physical dwelling or perhaps family) for it to endure (Ps.

3. Other examples of God as skilled architect and builder include Isa. 13. 2. Metaphors of Cosmology and Mythic Paradigms 39 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke forth, and the clouds drop down the dew (Prov. 1 In the personification of divine wisdom, she becomes the technitas, the 'artificer', who constructs and orders the world (Wis. 3 Thus the activity of house-building is normally accompanied by rituals and celebrations designed to place the structure within the durative order of the cosmos.

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