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I and II

TOPIC: A brief summary I and II

A brief summary I and II 4 weeks 17 hours ago #15

Jung starts with selected chapters 9 - 34 {and verses} from the book of Job to present Job’s answer. Job has doubts about the possibility of having any standing to present a complaint to God. But he still wants to present his case to God. Job recognizes that God is both good and evil. Job is not the only one who calls God amoral. The rest of the Bible presents God as moody and wrathful. He demands a personal relationship with humans. This is a contrast to Zeus who had no particular interest in humanity. This demand for a personal relationship is illustrated by God’s relationship with David. Here Jung looks at psalm 89 and David’s answer to God.
God is a being who can only be sure of himself because of his relationship to humanity. “Existence is only real when it is conscious to somebody.” God needs the praise and admiration of humanity. Yahweh is different from the pagan gods. He has a “chosen people” and a special covenant with them {Noah}. Yet something falls apart with David. And now God becomes unsure of the faithfulness of Job. And so he tests the faith of Job. Is God afraid of Job? Job has the power of self-reflection; he is mindful of his impotence. God does not have this.
After Job is made to suffer he also does not receive any support from his friends.
Jung is very descriptive and precise at this point: to try and summarize: Yahweh is revealing himself. The conflict is that of Yahweh with himself. Job has been elevated to being a judge of Yahweh. And Yahweh’s true dual nature has been revealed. The question is asked - does the concept of a monotheistic God have a future? Job responds to his test by remaining faithful. Yahweh judges himself and now faces the possibility of having the same fate as the pagan gods.
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