Katharine J. Dell’s dissertation on Job, written under the supervision of John Barton, will long remain an important landmark in Job research. Dell argues that the book of Job is the major example of sceptical literature in the Old Testament and that this classification has important consequences for all areas of study connected with this biblical book.
Introduction: 'Scepticism' as a description of Job
1: Traditional and critical interpretations of the message of Job: Job the patient or Job the rebel?
2: The quest for an overall classification for Job: Wisdom and genre
3: A form-critical approach to Job: 'Parody' as an overall genre for Job
4: The 'sceptical' setting, content and structure of Job: The scepticism of Job and the author of the book