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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: IVP (16 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844742911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844742912
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.1 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"The Old Testament book about Job is one of the supreme offerings of the human mind to the living God and one of the best gifts of God to men," writes Francis Andersen. "The task of understanding it is as rewarding as it is strenuous. . . . One is constantly amazed at its audacious theology and at the magnitude of its intellectual achievement. Job is a prodigious book in the vast range of its ideas, in its broad coverage of human experience, in the intensity of its passion, in the immensity of its concept of God, and not least in its superb literary craftsmanship. . . . From one man's agony it reaches out to the mystery of God, beyond words and explanations."

The original, unrevised text of this volume has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the new cover design for the series.

These commentaries are designed to help the reader of the Bible understand what the text says and what it means. The Introduction to each book gives a concise but thorough treatment of its authorship, date, original setting and purpose. Following a structural Analysis, the Commentary takes the book section by section, drawing out its main themes, and also comments on individual verses and problems of interpretation. Additional Notes provide fuller discussion of particular difficulties. The goal throughout is to explain the true meaning of the Bible and make its message plain.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Scott-thompson on 13 April 2013
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Like the rest of the Tyndale Commentaries, this has a lengthy Introduction on structure, background etc., but then treats the book verse-by-verse. This makes it easy to use for reference, when looking for detailed comment on a particular phrase or word.
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This was one of my core texts when I was studying the book of Job as part of a module on 'Wisdom literature' at college. From the point of view of studying the book it is very good commentary as it goes into the background of the book and how it may have come together (was there one writer or many) as well as understanding the structure of the book and some of the issues it raises which for some theologians are quite a number. The text is also well covered with a verse by verse commentary and translation issues also dealt with when need be. I often tend to have a bit of a problem where Tyndale commentaries are concerned as I often find the narrative a bit stodgy, but I don't remember having much of a problem with this and certainly found it very readable. The one thing I would perhaps have an issue with Andersen is what is the central theme of the book. I personally don't believe it's a book that sets out to explain suffering or answer the question 'why?' I personally believe the key issue is whether God is worthy of worship something that is touched on in the Yahweh speeches towards the end of the book. The ultimate question is asked by God of Job: 'Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?' Despite mankind's suppose sophistication he is still struggling with the same issues (note the new militant atheists). These are the issues I believe the book of Job tackles head-on!
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Excellent overview and helpful perspective 5 Jan 2005
By J. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This commentary is not the best for a verse-by-verse analysis of the text (it's not that long) but Anderson provides an excellent overview of the Book of Job that does a good job of appreciating the unmatched nature of this monumental work. The overview also deals concisely with most of the critical controversies that have arisen. The commentary frankly acknowledges a Christian woldview, but still argues from a standard, scholarly perspective. Anderson writes well, but the writing is at a scholarly level and uses quite a few two-dollar words, so I had to make a few runs to the dictionary (not a bad thing, really). For me, this commentary has enhanced my understanding of the Book of Job as a magnificent literary achievement, while also encouraging my faith. I like it a lot.
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"This is the most insightful commentary on Job available today" 1 Sep 2010
By Jerry Parks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Job's faith was not the solution to his trial; his faith was the cause of it."

I never thought I would do an in-depth study of Job, much less write a review on a Job commentary. But after reading other tomes on the subject, I can tell you that this little gem has more insight than all the rest combined.

Anderson knows Job personally. He probes with insight into Job's suffering, but also Job's feeling as he suffers. The author carefully and beautifully traces Job's deepest grief throughout the trial--his estrangement from His dearest Friend--God.

I have found myself quoting Anderson often in teaching this book. The beautiful and masterful way the author picks up on the keenest of insights leaves the reader sure--this man understands this book....well.

If you can only use one book to study Job, you found it.
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A book about suffering 30 Jun 2014
By Frederick G. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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As a lay Christian who has tried to study, understand, and apply the Word of God to my daily life, I had perhaps avoided the Book of Job in the past, finding it difficult to understand the message of this old book. Andersen's commentary was very helpful in providing not only a fine verse-by-verse explanation, but also in giving an incisive discussion of the meaning of suffering, and God's use of suffering in our lives. Although I certainly do not personally qualify as one who has experienced great suffering in my life, I do believe that this commentary would be very helpful for those who have had to wade into deep waters during their Christian walk. I was blessed by reading this book, and I feel that I have received a better understanding and appreciation for those who are suffering.
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Outstanding Commentary 7 Dec 2013
By Loren Vangalder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of few commentaries that seriously grapples with the text and its implications. It is extremely well written - not just technical details, but a compelling, enjoyable style.
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Nice little commentary on Job 20 April 2014
By Tidy Cat - Published on Amazon.com
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This short little commentary on Job is one I treasure. In my opinion, this one by Francis Andersen is similar to the style of Derek Kidner's commentaries on Proverbs, Psalms, Ecclesiastes etc. It is a great help in understanding the arguments in the Book of Job.
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