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Classic Commentaries and Studies on Job (18 vols.)
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Overview

This immense eighteen volume collection features the best commentaries and studies on the book of Job from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With scholars and authors such as Morris Jastrow, William Kelly, Moses Buttenweiser, and Georg Heinrich Ewald, Classic Commentaries and Studies on Job (18 Vols.) offers over 6,000 pages of interpretation, observations, translations, contextual history, and application on this highly influential and sometimes controversial book of the Old Testament. Theses authors come from a wide range of study and viewpoints, supplying a holistic overview of the character of Job, suffering, the nature of God, the literary value of the text, the historical context, and philological concerns.

This collection provides valuable and historical perspective and insight for anyone who wonders about suffering in human experience, the character of God, or who has studied the book of Job in any context. As well as presenting solid religious studies and scholarly analysis, Classic Commentaries and Studies on Job (18 Vols.) is a meaningful and documentation study in historical theology. With the Logos edition, all of the Hebrew references are linked to the Bibles in your library, as well as all Scripture references.

Key Features

  • Over 6,000 pages of commentary and study on Job
  • Contains works from eighteen Bible scholars, pastors, and professors
  • Includes methodical table of contents, cross-references, appendixes, indexes, and notes

Individual Titles

Commentaries Included

The Divine Drama of Job

  • Author: Charles F. Aked
  • Publisher: Charles Scribners
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 143

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Author and scholar Charles Aked presents the book of Job as a drama, dividing the book into major themes and characters. He examines the literary aspects of the text, such as style and characterization. In an engaging and easy to read style, Aked helps the reader see this book of the Old Testament in a panoramic view, as well as understanding the key elements of Job.

Table of Contents

  • The Insurrection of Doubt
  • The Restoration of Faith
  • Satan in Literature and in Life
  • Eliphaz the Seer
  • Bildad the Sage
  • Zophar the Ordinary Soul
  • Spenser’s Preface to the Reader
  • The Intervention of Elihu
  • The Speeches of Jehovah

Charles F. Aked was an early twentieth century Bible academic and professor.

Commentary on the Book of Job

  • Author: G. A. Barton
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1911
  • Pages: 344

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Bible scholar and minister George A. Barton writes a comprehensive introduction to the book of Job, as well as a verse-by-verse commentary on the entire text. Barton looks at the overall construction of the book, the theory of two authors, the literary aspects, and the historical and social context, providing a valuable analysis and commentary.

Table of Contents

  • General Analysis of the Book
  • The Story of the Poem of Job, by Different Authors
  • The Original Home of the Story of the Prologue and Epilogue
  • The Problem of the Poem and its Treatment
  • Portrayal of the Growth of a Soul in Suffering
  • The Poet’s Solution of the Problem of Suffering
  • The Text of Job
  • The Integrity of the Book
  • The Art of the Book
  • The Date of the Poem
  • The Author
  • Detailed Analysis of the Argument
  • Selected Bibliography
  • The More Important Abbreviations
  • Commentary
  • Index

G. A. Barton (1859–1942) was an author, minister, and professor of Semitic languages and religion. In addition to Commentary on the Book of Job, he also wrote A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Book of Ecclesiastes, The Heart of the Christian Message, and Studies in New Testament Christianity.

A Commentary on the Book of Job

  • Author: Samuel Cox
  • Publisher: C. Kegan Paul & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1880
  • Pages: 552

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Taking over 14 years to compose, A Commentary on the Book of Job provides a highly readable exposition of this book of the Old Testament. Bible scholar and pastor Samuel Cox wrote this commentary in hopes that it would aid the general reader not just now and then, but with every inquiry into the book of Job. He presents a holistic introduction to the book, covering such topics as literary style, historical context, and historical reception. Cox brings his reader into the academic conversation surrounding this book, making practical application throughout.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Prologue
  • The Curse
  • The First Colloquy
  • The Second Colloquy
  • The Third Colloquy
  • The Soliloquy of Job
  • The Intervention of Elihu
  • The Theophany
  • The Epilogue

Samuel Cox (1826–1893) was an English pastor and universalist. He founded a monthly journal, The Expositor. He also wrote several books, such as Salvator Mundi: Or, Is Christ the Saviour of All Men? and The Larger Hope.

Lectures on the Book of Job

  • Author: Alfred Bowen Evans
  • Publisher: Bosworth & Harrison
  • Publication Date: 1856
  • Pages: 244

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These 14 lectures on the life of Job were originally presented over the course of ten years in various churches and were collected in book form in 1856. Minister Alfred Evans brings the story of Job to life, drawing out application and careful exposition from this familiar book of the Old Testament for modern readers. Evans believes that Job was not merely a man of great suffering and great faith—he is a character with whom all of humanity can relate. He says, “Job is the brother of all the afflicted, and a son of God in all his afflictions.” This series of lectures will encourage and enlighten all who read them.

Lectures Included

  • Hypocrisy, Conscious and Unconscious
  • A Death Wish
  • The Repose of the Departed
  • Trouble and Usefulness
  • An Old Axiom
  • The Question of Questions
  • Unhappy Religion
  • Man’s Last Journey
  • Toleration of Intolerance
  • God the Softener of the Heart
  • The Groans of the City
  • A Pattern Prayer
  • Man’s Worse Self
  • Job Saved from His Friends

Alfred Bowen Evans (1816–1878) was a minister, lecturer, and an author. Evans wrote Christianity and its Aspects, The Future of Christianity, in addition to Lectures on the Book of Job.

Commentary on the Book of Job with Translation

  • Author: Georg Heinrich Ewald
  • Translated by J. Frederick Smith
  • Publisher: Williams and Norgate
  • Publication Date: 1882
  • Pages: 352

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German Bible scholar Georg Ewald turns his attention to the book of Job in this commentary. He systematically goes over each section of Job as a drama, highlighting the contentions and resolutions throughout. In the introduction, Ewald gives context to the format, content, and style of the book as poem. He also examines the date and history of Job as well. Written in an academic yet readable style, this commentary will help all who seek to understand the complexities of this book of the Old Testament.

Table of Contents

  • The Thought of the Poem
  • The Matter of the Poem
  • The Art of the Poem
  • On the Date and History of the Book
  • The First Stage of the Drama: Opening of the Contention
  • The Second Stage of the Drama: First Advance in the Contention
  • The Third Stage of the Drama: Second Advance in the Contention
  • Fourth Stage of the Drama: Third and Last Advance in the Contention
  • Fifth Stage of the Drama: Solution
  • Description of the Hippopotamus and the Crocodile

Georg Heinrich Ewald (1803–1875) was a German theologian and professor who specialized in Asian studies, the Old Testament, and philosophy. Professor at the University of Göttingen for 10 years, Ewald was expelled for protesting against King Ernst August. He went on to become a professor at Tübingen, but returned to Göttingen after the liberal constitution was put in place again. Ewald wrote several scholarly works, including History of Israel and Prophets of the Old Testament.

A New Translation and Exposition of the Very Ancient Book of Job; With Notes, Explanatory and Philological

  • Author: John Fry
  • Publisher: James Duncan
  • Publication Date: 1827
  • Pages: 551

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John Fry, biblical scholar, believes that Job was a real person and that events described in the book of Job actually occurred. Fry discusses the authenticity, authorship, and historical context, before providing a commentary on the dialogues, theology, relationships, and questions of suffering presented in this book of the Old Testament.

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: The Account of Job and of his prosperity
  • Part 2: The Conversations between Job and his Three Friends, respecting the Cause of his Calamities
  • Part 3: Elihu, Inspired by the Spirit of God, Appears as an Arbiter in the Dispute
  • Jehovah Himself Addresses Job from the Stormy Cloud

John Fry was a pastor and Bible scholar in the 1800s.

Notes on the Book of Job: With a New Version

  • Author: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Publication Date: 1879
  • Pages: 214

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In Notes on the Book of Job: With a New Version, William Kelly focuses on the character of God as presented in the story of Job—how to reconcile His righteousness with the suffering of the godly? How do we make sense of evil and still trust God? These are vital questions, and Kelly provides a commentary that seeks to answer them in spite of the difficulties they present. Following the clear outline in the book of Job, Kelly goes over each section in great detail, giving the reader a clear view on the context and comfort that this book of the Old Testament can give.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Job Tried by Satan
  • The Complaint of Job
  • The First Discourse of Eliphaz
  • The Answer of Job
  • The First Discourse of Bildad
  • The Answer of Job
  • The First Discourse of Bildad
  • The Answer of Job
  • The First Discourse of Zophar
  • The Answer of Job
  • The Second Discourse of Eliphaz
  • The Answer of Job
  • The Second Discourse of Bildad
  • The Answer of Job
  • The Second Discourse of Zophar
  • The Answer of Job
  • The Third Discourse of Eliphaz
  • The Answer of Job
  • The Third Discourse of Eliphaz
  • The Answer of Job—Silence of Zophar
  • Fresh Discourse of Job
  • Last Discourse of Job
  • Elihu, and His First Discourse
  • Elihu’s Second Discourse
  • Elihu’s Third Discourse
  • Elihu’s Fourth Discourse
  • Jehovah’s Intervention
  • Jehovah’s Renewed Intervention
  • Jehovah’s End

William Kelly (1821–1906) was an Irish scholar. He was a prominent member of the Plymouth Brethren, a conservative evangelical school of thought. Specializing in textual criticism, Kelly published several works on various books of the Bible.

The Problem of Suffering in the Old Testament

  • Author: A. S. Peake
  • Publisher: Robert Culley
  • Publication Date: 1904
  • Pages: 222

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Professor Peake addresses the problem of pain and suffering in this volume, including a major section on the book of Job. Beginning with the basic questions surrounding this topic, Peake moves throughout the entire Old Testament to examine the perspective on suffering in juxtaposition to the character of God. Peake believes that the character and love of God are enough to comfort us in times of trouble, even though suffering will always be mysterious and painful, and he uses the story of Job to illustrate this point.

Table of Contents

  • The Rise of the Problem
  • Ezekiel
  • The Servant of Yahweh
  • A Century of Disillusion
  • The Problem in Job
  • Songs in the Night
  • The Apocalyptist and the Pessimist
  • Solution or Escape?
  • Recent Criticism of Habakkuk
  • Critical Problems of Isaiah 40:66

Other Studies in Job Included

A. S. Peake (1865–1929) was a professor of biblical exegesis at the University of Manchester.

The Book of Job: A Revised Text and Version

  • Author: C. J. Ball
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Pages: 494

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In this study, Dr. Ball examines the text and interpretation of the book of Job. He offers a new translation of a few of the speeches in this book, then some commentary on the entire text. He focuses on the philology and semantics of the Hebrew text, as well as providing valuable exegesis. Ball believes that the character and goodness of God in all situations is the key theme to this book. In order to understand this doctrine, Ball leads the reader on an exegetical and historical journey through this book of the Old Testament. Includes preface by Bible scholar C. F. Burney.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Revised Translation of the Book of Job
  • Commentary, Critical, Philological, and Exegetical, on the Hebrew Text and the Ancient Versions
  • Appendix—Alternative Version of Chapter 3
  • General Appendix
  • Index
  • Index to Notes on Hebrew Words
  • Sumerian with Semitic Glosses

C. J. Ball was a Biblical Hebrew scholar in the early twentieth century.

Lectures on the Book of Job

  • Author: George Granville Bradley
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 382

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First delivered as a series of 12 lectures at Westminster Abbey in 1885 and 1886, Bible scholar George Granville Bradley presents his study on the book of Job. He gives the historical, social, and Hebraic context for the book in the introduction, as well as a linguistic and poetical examination. Bradley also compares the book of Job with Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and Ecclesiastes. He then provides an exegetical and detailed commentary on the story of Job. Included is a table of contents and outline of the book of Job.

Lectures Included

  • Lecture 1: Introductory
  • Lecture 2: The Introductory Narrative
  • Lecture 3: The Dialogue Between Job and His Friends
  • Lecture 4: The Dialogue Continued
  • Lecture 5: The Dialogue Continued
  • Lecture 6: The Dialogue Continued
  • Lecture 7: Discussion of Some Questions Already Glanced At
  • Lecture 8: Summary of the Progress of the Argument
  • Lecture 9: Job’s Ninth and Last Speech
  • Lecture 10: Job’s Monologue Continued
  • Lecture 11: Elihu
  • Lecture 12: Jehovah Speaks

George Granville Bradley (1821–1903) was an English Bible scholar. He was made dean of Westminster in 1881. He also wrote Recollections of A. P. Stanley, Latin Prose Composition.

The Book of Job

  • Author: Moses Buttenweiser
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Pages: 370

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Professor Buttenweiser views this book of the Bible as one of the greatest literary masterpieces ever written, asserting that its appeal is in its universality to all humanity. He analyzes it from a literary point of view using a variety of translations. Buttenweiser also examines the commonly held theories about the book of Job, such as if there was more than one author, the date of the book, and its relation to similar Babylonian and Egyptian myths. Containing a variety of sources and cross-references, this is a solid study on the book of Job.

Table of Contents

  • The Relation of the Prologue to the Dialogues
  • The Meaning of Job
  • The Date of the Book of Job
  • Relation of Job to Other Biblical Books
  • The Elihu Interpolation
  • The Book of Job: Translation
  • Notes and Synopses
  • The Book of Job: Hebrew Text

Moses Buttenweiser (1862–1939), born in Germany, was a professor of exegesis at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. He also wrote The Prophets of Israel.

The Book of Job

  • Author: Cateret Priaulx Carey
  • Publisher: Wertheim, Macintosh, and Hunt
  • Publication Date: 1858
  • Pages: 514

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This is a massive study on the book of Job, including exegetical and critical notes, a translation, maps, and illustrations. Bible scholar and pastor Carey also includes dissertations, an analytical paraphrase, and various readings of the Hebrew text. Featuring over 500 pages, this study will aid the general reader as well as the scholar for a comprehensive overview and examination of this key book of the Old Testament.

Table of Contents

  • The Book of Job as a True History
  • The Age in Which Job Lived
  • The Place Where Job Resided
  • The Author of the Book of Job
  • Theology in the Days of Job
  • The Various Readings
  • Analysis of the Book of Job
  • Translation of the Book of Job
  • Notes on the Book of Job
  • Illustrations on the Book of Job

Cateret Priaulx Carey (1819–1858) was a pastor in England in the nineteenth century. Educated at Elizabeth College in Oxford, he later became a curate of the Bishop of Windsor and then a pastor of St. John’s in Guernsey.

Job and Solomon

  • Author: T. K. Cheyne
  • Publisher: Thomas Whittaker
  • Publication Date: 1889
  • Pages: 309

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Bible scholar Cheyne interprets the book of Job, as well as Proverbs and Ecclesiastes in this study. In the introduction, he addresses the question of how the Old Testament relates to Christianity as a whole, providing valuable context. Not only does he examine each chapter of the book of Job, he goes over various questions and common academic arguments. Readers will find this to be an informative, holistic approach to this important book of the Old Testament.

Included Contents

  • Job’s Calamity/The Opening of the Dialogues
  • The Second Cycle of Speeches
  • The Third Cycle of Speeches
  • The Speeches of Elihu
  • The Speeches of Jehovah
  • The Epilogue and its Meaning
  • The Traditional Basis and the Purpose of Job
  • Date and Place of Composition
  • Argument from the Use of Mythology
  • Argument from the Doctrine of Angels
  • Argument from Parallel Passages
  • On the Disputed Passages
  • Is Job a Hebreoarabic Poem?
  • The Book from a Religious Point of View
  • The Book from a General and Western Point of View
  • Notes on Job and the Modern Poets
  • Aids to the Students

Thomas Kelly Cheyne (1841–1915) was an ordained minister and Bible scholar after studying at Göttingen in Germany. He was known for biblical criticism in light of literary and historical contexts. He published several translations of Scripture and commentaries, including The Reconciliation of Races and Religions.

The Book of Job: Translated from the Hebrew with Notes Explanatory, Illustrative, and Critical

  • Author: J. Noble Coleman
  • Publisher: Nisbet & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1869
  • Pages: 147

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This is a holistic translation of the book of Job, including notes both critical and exegetical. Bible scholar J.N. Coleman includes many cross-references and indexes guaranteed to aid the reader with historical context and general comprehension. He spent years researching and comparing various translations and scholars and ancient literary traditions. The text is embedded with helpful and insightful commentary and interpretation.

John Noble Coleman (1793–1872) was a nineteenth century Bible scholar.

The Book of Job: Its Origin, Growth and Interpretation, together with a New Translation Based on a Revised Text

  • Author: Morris Jastrow
  • Publisher: J. B. Lippincott Company
  • Publication Date: 1920
  • Pages: 368

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Rabbinical scholar Morris Jastrow was one of the best known Talmudic experts of the early twentieth century. In this volume, Jastrow gives the story behind this famous story of human suffering and the character of God, as well as a new translation of the book of Job that is based on a revised Hebraic text. He examines the universal appeal of the book of Job, its literary and philosophical qualities, its reception over time, and commentary and cross-references throughout his translation.

Included Contents

  • The Folktale of Job and the Book of Job
  • The Three Strata in the Book of Job
  • Changes and Additions Within the Original Book of Job
  • How a Skeptical Book was Transformed into a Bulwark of Orthodoxy
  • The Book of Job as Philosophy and Literature
  • The Story of Job (Chapters 1 and 2)
  • The Symposium Between Job and His Friends (Chapters 3 to 21)
  • A Third Series of Speeches (Chapters 22 to 27)
  • Two Supplementary Speeches of Job (Chapters 29 to 31)
  • The Search for Wisdom (Chapter 28)
  • First Appendix to Book of Job—The Four Speeches of Elihu with Three Inserted Poems (Chapters 32 to 37)
  • Second Appendix to the Book of Job—A Collection of Eight Nature Poems (Chapters 38 to 41)
  • The Four Epilogues to the Book of Job

Morris Jastrow, Jr. (1861–1921) was the son of Marcus Jastrow, an influential Talmudic scholar and rabbi. He also became a scholar, specializing in Oriental studies. Jastrow was also a professor of Semitic languages and a librarian at Penn University. Author of several books, magazines, and other academic publications.

The Book of Job as a Greek Tragedy

  • Author: H. Kallen
  • Publisher: Moffat, Yard & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 163

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This study asserts the similarities between the book of Job and Greek tragedy. Scholar Kallen provides valuable history and social context, showing how Job’s story emulates the style of Euripides. Although this is not the first time that parallels have been drawn between Job and Greek tragedies, it is one of the most thorough explorations on this topic ever produced. In great detail, Kallen goes over the philosophic, literary, and direct Greek connections in the text of Job. Includes an introduction by Professor George Moore.

Table of Contents

  • The Original Form and Philosophic Leanings of Job
  • The Original Form of Job
  • The Joban Philosophy of Life
  • The Present Text of the Book of Job
  • The Tragedy of Job

Horace Meyer Kallen (1882–1974) was the son of a rabbi and emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1887. He earned a PhD in philosophy in 1908 from Harvard. He was the author of several books, including Democracy and the Melting Pot and Utopians at Bay.

The Book of the Patriarch Job: Translated from the Original Hebrew

  • Author: Samuel Lee
  • Publisher: James Duncan
  • Publication Date: 1837
  • Pages: 579

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Although categorized as a translation, scholar Samuel Lee’s work, The Book of the Patriarch Job: Translated from the Original Hebrew contains so much more. Lee includes contextual background on the character of Job, history, times, as well as the origin of the writing itself. He also includes a commentary and cross-references throughout the translation, providing invaluable insight and information on this all-important book of the Old Testament. And with over 500 pages, the reader will receive a complete survey of the book of Job.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • On the Question, Whether Job Was a Real Person or Not?
  • The Objections of Bishop Warburton and others, to the Strictly Historical Character of the Book of Job, Examined
  • On the Questions, Where, and at What Period, Job Lived?
  • On the Question, As to Who Committed This Book to Writing?
  • On the Language, Usages, and General Contents of the Book of Job
  • On the Quotations, etc, Found in This Book
  • On the Translation and Interpretation of Scripture Generally, and of This Book in Particular, as Adopted in This Book
  • On the Scope and Object of This Book
  • Translation

Samuel Lee (1783–1852) was a British chaplain, vicar, linguist, and Orientalist. He was a professor of Arabic and Hebrew at Cambridge. Lee was also the author of a text on Hebrew grammar and lexicon. He also co-wrote the first dictionary of the Maori language.

Job and His Times

  • Author: Thomas Wemyss
  • Publisher: Jackson and Walford
  • Publication Date: 1839
  • Pages: 382

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In this volume, scholar Wemyss focuses exclusively on the person of Job, using the time and history as a lens. Wemyss dismisses popular notions of Job, and goes straight to the text itself as well as historical documentation of patriarchal individuals. He goes into great detail on religion, art, science, and social norms of the time to give the reader a full context and idea of the probable character of Job. Wemyss also includes a new translation of the text.

Chapters Included

  • Introductory Consideration, Relative to the Book of Job
  • Considerations Relative to Job and His Circumstances
  • Translation
  • Supplementary Illustrations
  • State of Arts and Sciences in Job’s Day
  • List of Authors Who Have Written on the Book of Job

Thomas Wemyss was a nineteenth century Bible scholar. In addition to this work, he also wrote Biblical Gleanings and Symbolical Dictionary.

Product Details

  • Title: Classic Commentaries and Studies on Job (18 vols.)
  • Volumes: 18
  • Pages: 6,330