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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Mar. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802825281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802825285
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This book, which bears the name of its hero Job, consists of two elements: (1) the account of Job's trail and restoration, and (2) numerous speeches that treat the issue of suffering. Read the first page
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
It is interesting that concerning possibly the most ancient book in the Bible, so few Christians understand it's wisdom. With the help of rabbical scholars, John Hartley has rediscovered the books meaning.
Dr. Hartley uncovers what few scholars see. The point of the book of Job is not found in the speeches of Job's friends. What the book is about is not primarily found in the beginning or ending narratives; specifically that Job loses all to calamity and gains more in blessings at the end. Nor is the dialogue between God and Satan in the narrative the main point of the book. The book is not primarily about the Job's speeches; where Job wishes he had not been born and says he will not curse God. The Book of Job is not primarily about the question as to whether or not righteous or unrighteous people suffer.
In the God speeches, God reveals the mystery that He is intimately aware of and actively involved in His creation. The tenderness and majesty of this speech underscore the focal point for readers wondering about God's response to suffering. God relates to His creatures and provides for them with such tenderness and caring that it leaves all other voices silent.
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Well written, through with practical insights 22 Aug. 2009
By Sterling Moore - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I felt like this commentary offer a helpful balance between historical perspective, understand of the Ancient Near East Culture as well as the theological and practical implications of Job's experience. The author also did a great job offering a variety of different understandings or perspectives into various passages, not merely his own. I think they great insight in the responses of Job and his friends into the experience of suffering and yet remained very theo-centric. The section on the last for chapters where God responds was insightful and well written. I would recommend this commentary to anyone looking to study the story of Job.
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Thoughtful and complete 26 Nov. 2013
By Doug Erlandson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have found that excellent commentaries on the Book of Job are hard to come by. Thankfully, John E. Hartley's commentary goes a long way to filling the gap. While the main theme of the book can be rather simply stated, the interpretation of various passages and the intentions of the speakers are not. The Hebrew itself presents a definite challenge, being somewhat different from that found in any other book of the Old Testament. Hartley does an excellent job of providing interpretation both of the text itself and of the intent of the speeches that comprise most of the book. Moreover, he is fair to those interpretations with which he disagrees. Although scholarly in his approach, Hartley writes clearly and in a way that is accessible to the layperson. More technical matters, including comments on the Hebrew text, are confined to the footnotes, which allows those so inclined to pursue these issues while at the same time not cluttering up the body of the text itself.

In addition to the commentary on the text of Job, Hartley has some excellent introductory material. Some theological conservatives will not be happy with his dating of the writing of Job in the 7th century B.C. However, as he does throughout his commentary, he is fair to those who would assign an earlier or a later date to the book and presents an excellent case for this slightly pre-exilic dating.

Hartley also does a great job in his introduction of showing how Elihu fits into the overall literary piece. As those with some familiarity with Job are aware, the place of Elihu has been questioned. He is not spoken of prior to his speech. Nor is he mentioned in the postlude to the book. This has caused some to conclude that Elihu's speech represents a later insertion. Hartley looks in some detail at this issue and provides an excellent argument for the integrity of the entire book of Job.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Used in Small Group Bible Study 18 Dec. 2011
By Cubs Fan - Published on
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Conservative scholarship with alternative interpretations presented. Verse by verse commentary, historical/socio-cultural exposition and extensive footnotes. In addition, author displays lyrical writing skills detailing both profound spiritual and epic literary significance of Book of Job. Highly recommended.
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However it is an excellent work for exploring the lessons or us through the ... 8 Sept. 2014
By Roger D. Miracle - Published on
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The book offer much more detail than I needed on the background, languages, etc. However it is an excellent work for exploring the lessons or us through the suffering of Job. Strong recommend on this book.
Great work 31 July 2013
By George - Published on
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Hartley offers amazing insight and a theological balance on the varying opinions regarding this difficult text. His interpretations have been a great help in helping me understand a book that has typically been hard to understand. His comments on the original language, culture, and literary devices bring a fresh perspective to Job.
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