The Life of Job: Translation, Poem or Play?

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The Life of Job is an English biblical poem from the middle of the fifteenth century: a time when biblical poetry was not generally being written.¹ It is a short poem, in rhyme royal stanzas, composed in aureate language that reads like an imitation of Lydgate. The poem cuts all the central material from the canonical Book of Job, removing all questioning about divine justice and the human condition. This leaves a kind of saint’s life, with Job as a man of straightforwardly exemplary patience who is tested, rewarded and eventually dies. This hagiographical presentation, along with the incorporation of...
Original languageEnglish
Article number7
Pages (from-to)211-242
Number of pages32
JournalNew Medieval Literatures
Issue number0
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2018

Structured keywords

  • Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Centre for Material Texts


  • Middle English literature
  • Biblical literature
  • Medieval drama
  • Manuscripts
  • Religious culture
  • Biblical translation
  • Fifteenth-century literature


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