Job of Suburbia? A Serious Man and Viewer Perceptions of the Biblical


1. Carol Linnitt, “Film Review: A Serious Man,” Journal of Religion and Film, 13, 1 (2009); Bernard Beck, “The Awful Truth: Unflattering Portraits in A Serious Man and Precious,” Multicultural Perspectives, 12, 3 (2010) 154; A. O. Scott, “Calls to God: Always a Busy Signal,” The New York Times, 2 October 2009.

2. “Q&A with Joel and Ethan Coen,” Working Title, (accessed 9 May 2011).

3. Georg Seesslen, “Games. Rules. Violations. Looking for a Trail in Coen Country,” in Peter Körte and Georg Seesslen (eds.), Joel and Ethan Coen (London: Titan, 1998), 209-210; Edward Schulbyte, “Laughter in the Dark,” in Ronald Bergen, The Coen Brothers (London: Phoenix, 2000), 223.

4. Margaret R. Miles, Seeing and Believing: Religion and Values in the Movies (Boston: Beacon Press, 1996), 11.

5. John C. Lyden, Film as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals (New York and London: New York University Press, 2003), 45.

6. R. Barton Palmer, Joel and Ethan Coen (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004), 39.

7. Palmer, Joel and Ethan Coen, 39.

8. Ethan Coen in “The Coen Brothers Interviewed,” in Palmer, Joel and Ethan Coen, 192.

9. For a comprehensive overview of Job’s reception history, see the three of volumes of Stephen J. Vicchio, The Image of the Biblical Job: A History (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2006).

10. In the preface to his Vulgate translation of Job, Jerome remarks that “[a]n indirectness and a slipperiness is attached to the whole book […] while it says one thing, it does another – just as if you close your hand to hold an eel or a small fish, the more you squeeze it, the sooner it escapes.” Translated from Biblia Sacra: Iuxta Vulgatam Versionem (Stuttgart: Württembergische Bibelanstalt, 1969), 731.

11. Carol A Newsom, The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003); David Clines, “Deconstructing the Book of Job,” in Martin Warner(ed.) The Bible as Rhetoric: Studies in Biblical Persuasion and Credibility (London: Routledge, 1990), 65-80.

12. Clines, “Deconstructing,” 71.

13. Newsom, The Book of Job, 3.

14. Dermot Cox, Man’s Anger and God’s Silence: The Book of Job (Slough: St Paul Publications, 1990), 16.

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