Reading Job

ISBN-10: 1573125741

ISBN-13: 9781573125741

Edition: 2011

Authors: James L. Crenshaw

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At issue in the Book of Job is a question with which most all of us struggle at some point in life, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" James Crenshaw has devoted his life to studying the disturbing matter of theodicy-divine justice-that troubles many people of faith. Few individuals come from reading Job unmoved. If they seek answers, they likely will be disappointed. And, many find the depiction of God troubling. If God were merely to meet our expectations, the Creator would hardly be anything more than our own projections into the heavens. Perhaps the ancient poet serves readers best by starkly portraying the brutal reality that life and this world are not fair, and that justice is a human project.
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List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Language: English

Editor's Foreword
Author's Preface
The Patience of Job
Related Texts in the Ancient Near East
Date and Social Worlds
On the Basis of Diction
On the Basis of Dramatic Movement
On the Basis of Individual Components
Main Themes
Warrants for the Arguments
Why Poetry?
Related Texts in the Bible
Dissent in the Bible
The Testament of Job
Job in the Koran
The Flourishing of the Interrogative: Fourth Ezra and Second Baruch
Saadiah Ben Joseph Al-Fayyūmī
Job's Continuing Influence
Bontsye Shvayg
Blake's Illustrations
C. G. Jung's Answer to Job
Archibald MacLeish's J.B.
The Prologue (1:1-2:13)
The First Cycle of Debate
Job Curses the Day of his Birth (3:1-26)
Eliphaz's Initial Speech (4:1-5:27)
Job's Response to Eliphaz (6:1-7:21)
Bildad's First Speech (8:1-22)
Job's Response to Bildad (9:1-10:22)
Zophar's First Speech (11:1-20)
The Contrast Between Eloah and Humans (11:5-11)
Repent and Rest Securely (11:12-20)
The Second Cycle of Debate
Job's Lament (12:1-14:22)
Eliphaz's Second Speech (15:1-35)
Job's Response (16:1-17:16)
Bildad's Second Speech (18:1-21)
Job's Fifth Response (19:1-29)
Zophar's Second Speech (20:1-29)
The Third Cycle of Debate
Job's Refutation of his Friends' Worldview (21:1-34)
Eliphaz's Third Speech (22:1-30)
Job's Response to Eliphaz (23:1-24:25)
Bildad's Third Speech (25:1-6)
Job's Response to Bildad(?) (26:1-27:23)
Wisdom's Inaccessibility (28:1-28)
The Contrast between Job's Past and Present (29:1-31:40)
A Nostalgic Past (29:1-25)
Job's Present Misery (30:1-31)
An Oath of Innocence (31:1-40)
Elihu's Four Speeches (32:1-37:24)
Elihu's First Speech (32:6b-33:33)
The Argument (32:8-30)
Elihu's Second Speech (34:1-37)
Elihu's Third Speech (35:2-16)
Elihu's Fourth Speech (36:2-37:24)
The Divine Speeches and Job's Responses (38:1-42:6)
Yahweh's First Speech (38:1-40:2)
Job's First Response (40:3-5)
Yahweh's Second Speech (40:6-41:34)
Job's Second Response (42:1-6)
The Epilogue (42:7-17)
Postscript: Why Read Job Today?
Works Cited
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