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Job the Book and My Book
Here I’ve collected my posts about:
- The biblical book of Job.
- My book God … Is GOD: JOB, Don’t Blame the Victim.
- My reasons for writing a book about a book.
- My thoughts on prospective readers.
- My thoughts about the book, now that it’s published.
Thoughts About Job
The Bible’s Job has become one of my favorite books in the Bible. I suppose that’s partly because it’s the book I’ve read through the most times. Or, maybe I’ve read through it many times because it’s my favorite. (I’m not sure which.)
If you haven’t read Job yet, I recommend it. But, it’s not a straightforward book to read. Most readers won’t even like it until their second time through. That’s because one has to read the last chapter in order to get the full meaning of the book.
So, I recommend reading it not once, but twice. About this time, you’re probably thinking I’m a sadist, because the book seems repetitive in the middle (chapters 3-31).
But, it’s not. It’s a debate, and yes, the debaters repeat themselves a lot. But, there’s more to it than that.
So, I wrote my book to help with this. I’m calling it a read-along. It’s not a commentary. Nor is it a rewrite. No, it’s just to help understand the book by asking and answering questions that might not be obvious to readers. (They weren’t obvious to me!)
Summary of Job
I’ve written a read-along book. The book is intended to be read alongside the biblical book of Job. Job is a book that many believers don’t read, or they only skim. This is, I think, because the middle part can seem repetitive. Oh, why mince words: there are twenty-nine chapters of boring!
But, I’ve found that if one reads it twice (especially back-to-back), one gets a far deeper understanding of the book. This is because we are (sort of) told, at the end, who won the debate: Job. His three friends, who spent almost a quarter of the book blasting Job for not confessing his sin, get blasted by God Himself. To them, it was obviously that Job was being punished, and he just needed to confess his heinous sin to get healed, and God forcefully declares that they were wrong. And He compares their false statements against Job’s statements, saying that Job “spoke of me what is right”.
This judgment from God completely changes the focus of the book. And, the fact that the first two chapters even exist is testimony that the book’s message is far far deeper than a casual reading might suggest.
Reading it again, we discover much more. The speeches aren’t just speeches. They’re a debate. While we don’t know if it was a formal debate, we do know that the debate stretched over weeks. Further, we know that the sense of what Job had to say was “right”, according to God, and the friends statements were false, again according to God.