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5.0 out of 5 stars A rediscovery the importance of God's speech to Job., 9 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Book of Job (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) (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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Book of Job (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)
Book of Job (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) by John E. Hartley (Hardcover - 1 Mar 1995)
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