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Essay Comparing The Book Of Job And Aesop's Fables

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The Book of Job and Aesop’s Fables, despite their stark differences in characters, style, and rhetoric, both share similar themes, including love, loss, and the importance of lending a helping hand. “The Shepard and the Lion,” demonstrates how imperative it is to take the time to assist others. In the fable, the Shepard removes a thorn from the lion’s paw. “Later on the Shepard was falsely accused of a crime and at the next public games…thrown to beasts,” (p.626). However, the lion recognizes the Shepard and in the end, the lion is spared and the man set free. When one takes time to helps those in need, it is likely that others will be willing to do the same when you are in need. Although, this lesson is not plainly stated in the Book of Job, the actions of Job indicate the importance of helping others, even if they seem undeserving.…show more content…
The men conclude, Job must have committed an act(s) worthy of punishment. Zophar the Naamathite, implies Job is deserving of a punishment greater than what he has received, (11:1-12). Once God spoke to Job, he asked that Job pray for his friends (p.217), Job obliged. Rather than condemn his friends, as they did to him, Job prayed for them, hinting that he cares about them, as well as validating his selflessness. Even though Job lost everything, including his home, family, and health, he continues to love and worship God. Love, is not as prominent of a theme in the fables analyzed for the course, nevertheless, in “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing,” one possible lesson is, love yourself as you are and do not try to be someone that you are not. However, a strong theme seen throughout both is loss or rather the idea that one has to lose everything in order to appreciate what you
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