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Beyond Suffering: Discovering the Message of Job


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In the book of Job, a pain-torn man tries to understand the mind of God while his friends offer their human opinions on his suffering. But when the final answer comes, there are no more speeches. Not from them.

Rich with personal experience and examples drawn from the lives of great men, Layton Talbert’s exploration of the book of Job deals with the depths of human suffering and the heights of God’s supreme purpose. Dr. Talbert’s thorough research, detailed examination of each speaker's perspective, and countless cross-references make Beyond Suffering an essential resource for any student of the Bible.

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  • Offers extensive insights in the book of Job
  • Teaches practical applications from Job’s suffering
  • Analyzes the roles of both Job and God
  • Introduction to the Book of Job
    • Introducing the Book of Job
    • Discovering the Theme of Job
  • Prologue: Job, God, and Satan
    • What Kind of People Suffer (Job 1:1–5)
    • What on Earth (and Beyond) Is Going On? (Job 1:6–12)
    • A Model Response to Devastating Loss (Job 1:13–22)
    • Who is responsible for This? (Job 2:1–10)
    • How to Help the Hurting (and How Not To) (Job 2:11–13)
  • Human Dialogue: Job and Three Friends
    • How to Read the Debate
    • Anguish Finds a Voice
    • Well–Meaning Friends, Misguided Counselors (Job 4–14)
    • Waves Crashing Against a Rock (Job 15–21)
    • Looking for God (Job 22–26)
    • The Defense Rests (Job 27–31)
  • Human Monologue: Job and Elihu
    • The Character and Function of Elihu (Job 32:1–5)
    • The Argument of Elihu
  • Divine Monologue: Job and God
    • Cleaving the Clamor (Job 38–39)
    • Behemoth and Leviathan (Job 40–41)
    • Bowing Before God (Job 42:1–6)
  • Epilogue
    • The End of Job (Job 42:7–17)
    • The End of the Lord
    • Learning Theology with Job
More than a commentary . . . you will see God’s story in its pages.

—Jim Berg, from the Foreword

  • Title: Beyond Suffering: Discovering the Message of Job
  • Author: Layton Talbert
  • Publisher: Bob Jones University Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 392

Layton Talbert is professor of theology at Bob Jones University Seminary. He is also the author of Not by Chance, a study of God’s loving providence in every area of the believer’s life. Dr. Talbert lives in Greenville, SC, with his wife, Esther, and their five children.


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  1. Braden Jacquot
    An absolute masterpiece on the book of Job.


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