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December 2 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Morgan.Blake.Job.1805-1810.02   Morgan.Blake.Job.1805-1810.03
Morgan.Blake.Job.1805-1810.14   Morgan.Blake.Job.1805-1810.15

Illustrations to the Book of Job, Butts Set, by William Blake
Pen and black ink, gray wash, and watercolor, over traces of graphite

2. Satan Before the Throne of God (H: 27.3 × W: 19.6 cm)
3. Job’s Sons and Daughters Overwhelmed by Satan (H: 28.78 × W: 22.3 cm)
14. When the Morning Stars Sang Together (H: 28 × W: 18.4 cm)
15. Behemoth and Leviathan (H: 28.78 × W: 22.3 cm)

These watercolors constitute Blake’s first set of illustrations for the Book of Job, which the artist produced between 1805 and 1810 for his most important patron, Thomas Butts, plus two (plates 17 and 20) that he added after 1821 when he borrowed the set to copy for John Linnell. The story of Job is of a good man sorely tested in order to understand the relationship between the evil of suffering and the existence of God. In Blake’s version, Job’s major flaw is attending to the letter, rather than the spirit, of God’s law. (Text from online exhibition presented in conjunction with the exhibition William Blake’s World: “A New Heaven Is Begun” on view September 11, 2009, through January 3, 2010 at the Morgan Library and Museum.)

Morgan Library and Museum, New York


“Introduction to the Poetical and Wisdom Books” by David J. A. Clines
Job 1:1-14:22, 28-31, 38:1-42:17 in NOAB

Topic of Discussion

Each of Job’s interlocutors, Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, and Elihu has an explanation for what has happened to him and a suggestion of what he should do. Be prepared to share with the other members of the colloquium what those explanations and suggestions are and whether they apply to Job’s situation.


December 2
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
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