Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Henry Morris v William Blake on Job
I recently read the late Henry Morris' book The Remarkable Record of Job. It had some good things to say, but I was uncomfortable with some of it.
Henry Morris made the rather questionable assumption that Job's wife left him. Some readers may recall that I posted on this a while back.
Henry Morris bases this idea on Job's disagreement with his wife in chapter 2, where Job's wife tempts him to curse God and is rebuked by him. However, if she left him then, it makes no sense that in 19:17, Job says that his wife will not approach him because of his foul breath. If Job's wife is no longer with him, it should be pointless to say that she will not come near him.
Job's wife did not argue with him as the comforters did, which suggests that Job's rebuke lead to her repenting of her folly. In any case the reference to her in chapter 19 strongly indicates that she remained with him. Without any evidence of her departing from him, it seems reasonable to conclude that she was the mother of Job's ten new children.
William Blake, as you can see from these images, evidently disagreed with Morris. In nearly all of his illustrations of the Book of Job, he included Job 's wife, making her a full participant in his trial and eventual restoration.