JOBO TEISMAS // gk 012

opera, 2 veiksmai / opera in 2 acts / libretto Giedrius Kuprevičius by Book fo Job [Old Testament]. Score: 2002 /
/ 110'
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The Book of Job begins with an introduction to Job's character — he is described as a blessed man who lives righteously. God's praise of Job prompts Satan to challenge Job's integrity and suggesting that Job serves God simply because he protects him. God removes Job's protection, allowing Satan to take his wealth, his children, and his physical health in order to tempt Job to curse God. Despite his difficult circumstances, he does not curse God, but rather curses the day of his birth. And although he protests his plight and pleads for an explanation, he stops short of accusing God of injustice. Most of the book consists of conversations between Job and his three friends concerning Job's condition and its possible reasons, after which God responds to Job and his friends, opening his speech with the famous words, "Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me." After God's reply, Job is overwhelmed and says, "I am unworthy – how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth." Many interpretations read this as Job realizing how little he knew when he says to the Lord, "My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you." Other scholars and readers, however, find this explanation unsatisfactory, since the problem of Job (the innocent man suffering at the hand of God) is not addressed. Job's response to God shows none of the anger, passion, or piety he demonstrated in the rest of the story, even when God does not give Job the direct answer he has demanded for much of the book. Then Job is restored to an even better condition than his former wealthy state. Job was also blessed to have seven sons, and three daughters named: Jemimh (which means "dove"), Keziah ("cinnamon"), and Keren-happuch ("horn of eye-makeup"); his daughters were said to be the most beautiful women in the land. "Job went on to live one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations."

The characters in the Book of Job consist of Job, his wife, his friends, a man named Eliyahu, God, and Satan. Neither the patriarchs nor any other biblical characters make an appearance.

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