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Friendship and Virtue Ethics in the Book of Job



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For classical philosophers, friendship was a serious topic of ethical reflection, yet in contemporary discussions on ethics, this subject is largely absent. Drawing upon Aristotelian ethics based on virtue, Patricia Vesely examines friendship as a moral category in the Book of Job, illuminating those virtues, motivations, and perceptions that this relationship entails. She argues that for Job, the virtues of loyalty, compassion, courage, humility, honesty, hospitality, and practical wisdom are essential to a relationship of friendship. These traits of character are most fully embodied in actions of advocacy. In addition to a detailed examination of friendship in the Book of Job, Vesely addresses topics such as the contribution of virtue to human flourishing, the role of tragic literature in moral formation, friendship in Hellenistic and biblical contexts, and ethics in heroic societies. Her book brings together topics spanning philosophy, ethics, and biblical studies, yielding a work that will appeal to a broad range of audiences.

Product code: 9781108476478

ISBN 9781108476478
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW156xS20
No. Of Pages 294
Publisher Cambridge University Press
This book is for scholars and students of Bible, religion, philosophy, and ethics. It provides a new approach to the Book of Job that incorporates philosophy and ethics in its treatment of friendship, and it discusses such topics as tragedy and moral formation, narrative ethics, and virtue and human flourishing.