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Job: An Introduction and Commentary Hardcover – 1 Dec 1976

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Pr (Dec. 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877848696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877848691
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"The Tyndale volumes have long been the premier shorter-length commentary series on both Testaments throughout the English-speaking world."--Craig Blomberg, Denver Seminary

"Tyndale commentaries are always useful, not least because they focus so clearly on the text of Scripture, and do not fall into the trap of paying too much attention to other commentaries and not enough to the scriptural text they are intended to expound and explain. So they retain their usefulness for preachers, Bible study leaders and for all readers of the Bible."--Peter Adam, principal, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia

"Within its constraints, this series includes some outstanding volumes."--D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"There simply is no series of medium-length commentaries that approaches the excellence of the Tyndale commentaries."--Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

"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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!! 6 Jun. 2017
By Debby Topliff - Published on Amazon.com
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My new favorite book. This is much more than a commentary, but a deep and faith-inspired dive into the BIG question of suffering and how to reconcile our pain with a loving God.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Aug. 2016
By Mary Ann butler - Published on Amazon.com
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Just as described
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Sept. 2015
By Gary H. - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes. Arrived in a timely manner....
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