This paper explores some of the implications of the Babylonian Talmud’s laconic observation that the Book of Job, the least “biblical” of the Bible’s books, was authored by Moses (Baba Batra 14B). In considering Moses as author, it addresses the themes of evil, comfort and consolation, beauty, and friendship as these find expression in both Bible and Talmud.
James Ponet is the Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain at Yale, where he has served as a religious leader since 1981. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale in Religious studies and his masters and doctoral degrees from Hebrew Union College, where he was ordained in 1973. Rabbi Ponet lived in Israel from 1974—1981, studying Jewish thought at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and serving as a Fellow and teacher at both the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Pardes Institute. He returned from Israel in 1981 to become Yale’s Jewish Chaplain, a position he has held ever since.