Beyond Justice: Death and the Retribution Principle in the Book of Job

Beyond Justice: Death and the Retribution Principle in the Book of Job

by Varunaj Churnai

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Overview

In recent decades, scholars have tended to interpret what Job says about death in one of two ways. They interpret it either as part of the broader reading of death in the Old Testament, or by imposing Ancient Near Eastern mythological concepts upon the text disregarding its nature as part of the Old Testament’s wisdom tradition. Varunaj Churnai attempts to redress the latter interpretation and treats the book of Job, and its development and understanding of death, contextually. Churnai specifically looks at how Job presents the two faces of God: God’s wrathful face and God’s gracious face. Beyond Justice demonstrates that the retribution principle allows humans to know the hidden God as it illuminates the relationship between individual and Creator. Through Job’s experiences and heartfelt outpouring of his soul before both God’s wrathful face and God’s gracious face we can know God more fully. Churnai shows how these faces of God are reconciled in the two divine speeches of YHWH, which invite both Job and the reader to move beyond retribution theology to trust in the graciousness of God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783684564
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 970 KB

About the Author

VARUNAJ CHURNAI earned her doctorate in Biblical Studies from Concordia Seminary, St Louis, Missouri, USA, and is a biblical professor at Bangkok Institute of Theology and Bangkok Bible Seminary. She currently works as a Deputy General Secretary of Thailand Bible Society, serving as a writer, Bible translator, and administrator at TBS. She is also the Thailand country coordinator for Langham Preaching. After living in the USA for nine years she now lives in Thailand again with her husband and their two sons.

Table of Contents

Abstract

Acknowledgements

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Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Views of Death and the Retribution Principle in the Prologue and in Job’s First Lament

Chapter 3 – Views of Death and the Retribution Principle in the Dialogues and in Elihu Speeches of the Book of Job

Chapter 4 – Views of Death and the Retribution Principle in the Two Speeches of YHWH and in the Epilogue

Chapter 5 – Conclusion

Epilogue – The Application in Thai Context

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