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When Job falls ill: Literary and iconographical study of a biblical scene from the Septuagint

Author(s): Devoge Jeanne

Journal: Zograf
ISSN 0350-1361

Volume: 2009;
Issue: 33;
Start page: 9;
Date: 2009;
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The particular scene from the Book of Job where Job falls ill, struck down by Satan (Job, II, 1-8), is studied from the link between the Septuagint text and the images that illustrate it. The text, transcribed and translated reveals the vocabulary of the body and the disease of Job, supported by the comments of the Greek Fathers that surround it. Compared with the description of some images issued from the iconographical cycles created especially for the Byzantine Books of Job, the text appears clear and concise. Thus, the text offered large scope for interpretation to the manuscript's painters: the numerous variants of the scene where Job falls ill indicate this.

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