Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Legal History Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Georgetown University Law Center

Georgetown Law Faculty Lectures and Appearances

Articles 1 - 1 of 1

Full-Text Articles in Legal History

The Book Of Job And The Role Of Uncertainty In Religion And Law, Steven Goldberg Jan 2009

The Book Of Job And The Role Of Uncertainty In Religion And Law, Steven Goldberg

Georgetown Law Faculty Lectures and Appearances

The Book of Job depicts the radical uncertainty that results when people try to comprehend God. Job has had an extraordinary influence on philosophy and literature, and its message on the limits of human knowledge has even been echoed in the words of great scientists. Surprisingly, however, it has had little influence on the rhetoric or approach of lawyers and judges. The legal profession, which confronts uncertain outcomes daily, has reduced uncertainty to a mundane calculation of odds, while ignoring the more fundamental idea of the unknown because that idea would paralyze legal work.