The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies presents The Raphael Patai Memorial Lecture Series 2013
Two questions are central to the biblical book of Job: What is piety, and how can one explain the suffering of the righteous? The book of Job deals with these two issues and asking the right questions about them by a strategy of subversive irony, in which statements are made and then undermined, on a continual basis. And yet all is not negative: Speaker Peter Machinist will propose a more positive conclusion, one gained only through the intellectual and physical struggle that the book depicts.
Machinist is a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, serving in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Committee on the Study of Religion. He also has served as visiting lecturer at the University of Arizona and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The University of Zurich awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2009. Among his publications are "Provincial Governance in Middle Assyria, Assyria and Its Image in the First Isaiah" and "Outsiders and Insiders: The Biblical View of Emergent Israel and its Contexts." Among his current projects is a volume of commentary on the prophetic book of Nahum.