How to Read Job (How To Read Series)
We often turn to the book of Job when we encounter suffering. We look for an explanation for the questions "Why me?" or "Why her?" But what if it turns out that although Job does suffer, the book is not...
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We often turn to the book of Job when we encounter suffering. We look for an explanation for the questions "Why me?" or "Why her?" But what if it turns out that although Job does suffer, the book is not really about his suffering?If ever a book needed a "How to Read" instruction manual, it is the book of Job. And when two respected Old Testament scholars team up?both of whom have written commentaries on Job?we have a matchless guide to reading and appreciating the book. From their analysis of its place in the wisdom literature of the Bible and the ancient Near East to their discussions of its literary features and relationship to history, Walton and Longman give us the best of their expertise. They explore the theology of Job, placing it within Israelite religion and Old Testament theology. And they coach us in how to read Job as Christians. When it turns out the book is not what we thought it was, our reading is richly layered and more satisfying.Whether you are preparing to preach or teach, leading a Bible study, studying for a class or for personal enrichment, How to Read Job is your starting point.
Tremper Longman III (Ph.D., Yale University) is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also Visiting Professor of Old Testament at Mars Hill Graduate School, Westminster Theological Seminary and adjunct at Fuller Theological Seminary.
He is the author of commentaries on The Book of Job and Proverbs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms); Exodus (The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary) and Jeremiah, Lamentations (New International Biblical Commentary), Daniel (New Internatuional Version Application Commentary), Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs (New International Commentary on the Old Testament/ Cornerstone Commentary).
Longman is the author of How to Read Genesis; How to Read the Psalms; How to Read Proverbs; How to Read Exodus and Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, and co-editor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible and co-author with Dan Allender of Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies; The Intimate Mystery and The Intimate Marriage Bible Studies.
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- We Often Turn To The Book Of Job When We Encounter Suffering. We Look For An Explanation For The Questions "why Me?" Or "why Her?" But What If It Turns Out That Although Job Does Suffer, The Book Is Not Really About His Suffering?if Ever A Book Needed A "how To Read" Instruction Manual, It Is The Book Of Job. And When Two Respected Old Testament Scholars Team Up?both Of Whom Have Written Commentaries On Job?we Have A Matchless Guide To Reading And Appreciating The Book. From Their Analysis Of Its Place In The Wisdom Literature Of The Bible And The Ancient Near East To Their Discussions Of Its Literary Features And Relationship To History, Walton And Longman Give Us The Best Of Their Expertise. They Explore The Theology Of Job, Placing It Within Israelite Religion And Old Testament Theology. And They Coach Us In How To Read Job As Christians. When It Turns Out The Book Is Not What We Thought It Was, Our Reading Is Richly Layered And More Satisfying.whether You Are Preparing To Preach Or Teach, Leading A Bible Study, Studying For A Class Or For Personal Enrichment, <em>how To Read Job</em> Is Your Starting Point.
- <strong>part I: Reading Job As Literature</strong>
- 1. What Is The Book Of Job About?2. What Is The Rhetorical Strategy Of The Book Of Job?3. Job In The Context Of The Ancient Near East4. Is Job A Real Person?
- <strong>part Ii: Getting To Know The Characters Of The Book Of Job</strong>
- 5. What Do We Learn About God From Job?6. Who Is "satan" In Job?7. What Is The Role Of Job In The Book Of Job?8. How To Assess Job’s Human Advisers9. Who Is Job’s Advocate?10. Behemoth And Leviathan, The Most Powerful Creatures Imaginable
- <strong>part Iii: The Theological Message Of The Book Of Job</strong>
- 11. The Retribution Principle And Theodicy In Job12. The Retribution Principle In Wisdom Literature13. Does Job Believe In The Afterlife?14. Learning About The Cosmos In Job15. The Theology Of Suffering In The Book Of Job16. Job’s View Of God
- <strong>part Iv: Reading Job As A Christian</strong>
- 17. Job And Jesus18. The Message Of The Book Of Job For Today19. Does The Book Of Job Provide Comfort?20. Applying The Book Of Job
- Appendix: Commentaries On The Book Of Jobauthor Indexsubject Indexscripture Index