A journal of academic theology

Gift Theory and the Book of Job

Gift theory offers a new perspective on the book of Job: God favors a universal gift ethic, Satan opts for an alienable gift economics, while Job’s friends endorse the principle of balanced reciprocity. The article depicts Job conflicted over the divine love culture and the culture promoted by his friends and Satan, but in the end celebrating a life-giving gift practice and advocating genuine reconciliation between God and humans, and between a wounded individual and his enemies.

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