This volume covers one of the most popular books of the Old Testament, a book known for its themes of suffering and doubt. Taking the form of a play, with different characters relating different themes, the Book of Job tells the story of one man whose life fell apart, who went to the depths and questioned God, and whose life was eventually rebuilt. Perfect for daily devotions, Sunday school prep, or brief visits with the Bible, this commentary is an excellent resource for the modern lay reader.
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“Resolving issues in life is often incomplete if we only resolve issues between us and God; we also have to make sure that relationships with other people are restored. And there’s nothing like praying for someone to make sure your attitude to the person is in order. Thus there turns out to be a link between Job’s willingness to pray for his friends and the restoration of Job’s own life, which only follows on the prayer. It is in keeping with this idea that Jesus says that we will be forgiven only if we forgive others, and not otherwise.” (Page 209)
“‘Skin for skin,’ says the adversary. It may constitute an accusation that Job would see his children’s skin as worth sacrificing to save his own, or that Job will attack God’s person if God allows the adversary to attack Job’s person.” (Page 19)
“I don’t know for certain why God should choose to share the making of decisions and the implementing of them with other heavenly beings, as I don’t know why God chooses to use human beings in fulfilling his purpose rather than doing everything himself, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it arises out of a delight in sharing responsibility rather than insisting that one does everything oneself. In other words, it’s an expression of love.” (Page 11)
“Many people who go through Job’s kind of experience do not have a sense of God’s presence or concern. Further, the adversary would have been able to complain that God had compromised the test. The point was to see whether Job would stay faithful if God’s blessings disappeared. The test depended on the absolute toughness of what happened to Job. God was absent, and Job needed to experience God’s absence. God had to be tough.” (Page 189)
John Goldingay has been at Fuller Theological Seminary since 1997 and currently serves as the David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament in the School of Theology. Before coming to Fuller, Goldingay was principal and a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at St. John’s Theological College in Nottingham, England. He is the author of several books, including Old Testament Theology vol. 1, After Eating the Apricot, and Models for Scripture, as well as commentaries on Daniel, Isaiah, and Psalms. He holds membership in the Society of Biblical Literature and serves on the editorial board for the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies.