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date: 24 May 2019

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Seen through the lens of cultural memory, the canonical book of Job is only one of many versions of the story, and by no means the most popular. Some of the versions of Job predate the canonical book and continue alongside it. Later versions, created in response to changing religious and cultural conditions, may draw on both written and oral tales. Other authors adapt aspects of the Job tradition into new artistic compositions. While most stories reduce the plurality of possibilities to one in the effort to tell their own version, the canonical book of Job is unique in drawing specific attention to the plurality of Job stories through its polyphonic technique of storytelling, generated in part by juxtaposing different genres in one work.

Keywords: Job, book of Job, narrative, cultural memory, canonical, reception history, plurality

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