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Job (Teach the Text Commentary Series)

, 2013
ISBN: 9781441257307
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The book of Job presents a challenge to the modern preacher and teacher, as it communicates its message in a way that is unfamiliar to most contemporary believers. But the issues it addresses—suffering, our response to it, and how God works in the world—are nevertheless relevant to the church in our day. Job teaches the surpassing sovereignty, freedom, and wisdom of God and emphasizes that even though the answers to our questions may remain hidden from us, God can be trusted. Daniel J. Estes’ volume on Job provides carefully organized guidance for interpreting, teaching, and illustrating this important wisdom book.

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  • Provides cultural and historical background for Job’s life
  • Contains artwork and themes to enhance the text
  • Offers advice on teaching Job in a Bible study or sermon

Top Highlights

“One of its primary topics is the infinite wisdom of Yahweh, which transcends what humans are able to comprehend” (Page 5)

“Here, the adversary asks a question about the motivation for Job’s piety, and then he boldly charges that if Yahweh were to remove this hedge from Job and allow Job’s perfect life to be touched by calamity, then Job’s worship would morph into cursing.” (Page 10)

“The term ‘despise’ here can better be translated ‘recant’ or ‘retract,’ and thus it refers to Job’s withdrawal of his legal claim against God. Job repents in the sense of changing his mind, as he comes to the realization that he is just dust and ashes (cf. Gen. 18:27), a mere human before the transcendent Yahweh. Before the Sovereign Lord, Job is a finite creature who is limited in his knowledge. Because Job now recognizes how little he truly knows compared to the omniscient Yahweh, he retracts his insistence that Yahweh answer him (31:35). Job submits to Yahweh, without any knowledge that Yahweh will restore blessing to him in the epilogue.” (Page 256)

“Only on rare occasions does the Bible part the curtains so that the reader can catch a glimpse of what is happening behind the scenes of human history. In Ephesians 6:12, Paul says that Christians struggle against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly realms. The prophet Elisha prays in 2 Kings 6:17 that Yahweh will open the eyes of his servant to see the invisible divine forces protecting Elisha. Daniel 10 speaks of angelic conflict that affects the success of nations.” (Page 11)

“Finally, Yahweh breaks his silence, in chapters 38–41. By posing more than seventy unanswerable questions to Job, Yahweh brings Job to the realization that although he is innocent of sin, he is ignorant of the ways of Yahweh. In the final chapter of the book, Job withdraws his legal claim against Yahweh, and then Yahweh restores Job’s reputation, his fortune, and his family.” (Page 3)

Few commentaries help the reader move beyond study to thoughtful application, and fewer still move beyond application to teaching. That's why I am thrilled with the Teach the Text Commentary Series from Baker. Pastors and teachers are going to love this series. I highly recommend it.

George H. Guthrie, Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible, Union University, Jackson, TN

Pastors, communicators, and fellow Bible teachers, shove some books over and make room on your shelves. The Teach the Text Commentary Series was specifically envisioned with us in the lens and emphasizes precisely what matters most: communicating the heart of the authoritative text itself. Here is the best of biblical scholarship made accessible, applicable, and relevant to life right here on the hot pavement where we need it most.

Beth Moore, author and teacher

Most commentaries are either too technical or too light to be of much help, leaving us to wander through the text on our own. Accurately balanced between good scholarship and solid preaching perspectives, these commentaries provide an unusually deep and relevant approach to the text. If you take preaching and teaching the Word seriously you must take this series seriously as well.

Joe Stowell, President, Cornerstone University

"We live in an era that desperately needs to hear not more cheap advice about successful living but "the words of eternal life." That means burrowing deeply into Scripture--and coming out again with fresh theological and spiritual insights for living. The Teach the Text Commentary Series does that admirably. I love the way it connects text to background to theology to illustration. I can't recall any commentary series that has done all that better.

Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor, Christianity Today

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Daniel J. Estes (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is professor of Bible and dean of the school of biblical and theological studies at Cedarville University in Ohio. His books include Hear, My Son and Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms.

The Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best of biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from the meaning of the text to its effective communication. By providing focused commentary, this volume allows pastors to quickly grasp the most important information. Each unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage and sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text.


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