The Mythological Story and The Book of Job

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Myths have always played a part in society. Mythological stories not only entertain the reader, but the mythological story also plays a major role in cultural beliefs. David Bidney writes, “The function of a myth is thus held to be one of validating or justifying cultural beliefs and practices” (19). The mythical tale reiterates the moral practices and beliefs that a culture needs to succeed. There are four purposes for writing a myth: First myths help in expressing humanity's fear and wonder of nature, myths helps to explain the creation of the universe, myths gives the readers moral guidelines that should be followed, and finally, myths gives instructions on how to contend with crises. Because The Book of Job from the Old Testament…show more content…
Eliphaz's logic tells him that Job is not a righteous and upright man. Despite hearing the argument, Job still declares that he is not guilty of sinning against the Lord. Habel explains “that God pursues him like a lion so that he can demonstrate his prowess as a hunter. Job is perfectly willing to have the birds, beast, fish, and earth testify to the truth of God's ways” (58). Job is telling his friend that God does not seek retribution on the earth (natural disasters are not God's way of punishing), but that if God did, it would be the just and right thing for the Lord to do. When examining Job, the reader finds that morality plays an intriguing part of the overall message. Job is a person who lives by example, and he stands for the ideal believer. Job is a man of integrity and honor. Norman Habel writes, “The 'blamelessness' and 'integrity' of Job is a governing theme introduced in the prologue and developed throughout the subsequent dialogue speeches of the book” (82). The reader finds that Job's integrity is being tested throughout his story, and the examples of how he lives should be copied by the readers. In this case, the readers should follow Job's devout faith and unfailing belief in the Lord. The Book of Job provides the moral guidance needed to make this a mythological story. The reader is guided through stages of Job's psychological life, but because of the

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