Self-Deception and Cosmic Disorder in the Book of Job
Keywords:auhenticity, chaos, disorder, justice
The book of Job fundamentally involves the confrontation (or lack thereof) with the apparent upending of the universe's entire moral order. This paper will employ the concept of self-deception as put forth in twentieth-century existential philosophy to explain the behavior of Job's three ‘friends' - Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar - in the face of this apparent moral chaos. I shall also access a number of "trauma studies" based Biblical interpretations to expand our understanding of this theme.