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5.0 out of 5 stars Why a loving God permits suffering, 30 Dec 2004
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Dr. C. Jeynes (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: ON JOB: God-talk and the Suffering of the Innocent (Paperback)
This is the best and most relevant commentary I have seen on Job. Gustavo Gutierrez is a first rate theologian from South America, and he is interested in what the story of Job can show us about the character of God in a suffering world, being only too well aware of how the poor and innocent do suffer today. Gutierrez made his mark thirty years ago with his "Theology of Liberation", which was a close theological exposition from the Bible and from Catholic Church official documents of the centrality of liberation to the Gospel.

In this book "On Job" he shows how Job comes to see his suffering in a wider context: how he was in a sense a representative of the poor, and how in this sense he is a type of Christ. "I know that my Redeemer lives" is only halfway through Job: this is the turning point where Job sees that God has something deeper in mind - in the last cycle of speeches Job is able to coherently go through all the various ways in which he has satisfied the "Royal Law" (James) - that is, he has loved his neighbour as himself, protected the fatherless and the alien, clothed the naked and fed the hungry.

And in the end God says that Job has "spoken correctly of me": He has won his wager with the satan - Job has not cursed God. The poet (and Gutierrez) wants us to understand that the love of God is completely free: it is a gift, not a bargain.

This is a deep and wonderful book about a deep and wonderful book - buy it and lend it to all your friends!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The need for Justice and freely given love., 25 Feb 2013
This review is from: ON JOB: God-talk and the Suffering of the Innocent (Paperback)
Gustavo Guttierez is a Peruvian Priest who, one would assume, has spent much time with the suffering and oppressed on that Continent. His book is a profound, heart felt and well written call for us all to seek, stand for and practice Justice wherever we are. He argues that Job did and that by standing against the pervading morality of temporal retribution ( you get what you deserve) and not giving into the false promises that that offers, he was afforded a new and deeper relationship with God. It is of course a frightening ask when you think of what he went through, but Job saw the truth and lived in it, the rest were flailing around in a morality of their own making and creating a god to fit their own schemes. GG also argues that Job's love of God was as freely offered as God's for us, without any desire for return and that this was why Job was selected for his Trial. This is a fantastic book. Read it.
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ON JOB: God-talk and the Suffering of the Innocent by GUTIERREZ (Paperback - 21 May 1987)
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