At the Scent of Water: The Ground of Hope in the Book of Job

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In This Remarkable Rereading of the biblical book of Job - often discussed as an attempt to "justify the ways of God to man" -J. Gerald Janzen brings new light to Job's story, showing how God invites Job to give up the traditional logic of reward-punishment for a life-affirming strategy of risk-reward. From this perspective, affirmation of life in the face of all its vulner-abilities is the path to true participation in the mystery of existence.

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Overview

In This Remarkable Rereading of the biblical book of Job - often discussed as an attempt to "justify the ways of God to man" -J. Gerald Janzen brings new light to Job's story, showing how God invites Job to give up the traditional logic of reward-punishment for a life-affirming strategy of risk-reward. From this perspective, affirmation of life in the face of all its vulner-abilities is the path to true participation in the mystery of existence.

At the Scent of Water traces Job's journey from prosperity, through calamity and bitter anguish, to an encounter with God's presence in a rainstorm that renews the earth and his own appetite for life.

Janzen includes a candid epilogue on his own struggle with aggressive prostate cancer, which enabled him to connect personally with Job and to find a fresh and illuminating grace. At the Scent of Water will especially resonate with any readers who have experienced grief or suffering.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802848291
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,226,081
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Patrick D. Miller ix

Preface xiii

1 "Extremes Too Hard to Comprehend at Once" 1

2 Israel's Default Position before God 15

3 Tracing the Pattern Elsewhere in the Bible 38

4 Trying to Grasp with Hand and Mind 47

5 Lust for Life and the Bitterness of Job 68

6 Job's Oath 87

7 God's Response, Job's Response, and Final Resolution 95

8 Further on Job and Naomi 111

A Personal Epilogue in Three Parts 117

Acknowledgments 136

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