I Know that My Redeemer Lives: Suffering and Redemption in the Book of Job

I Know that My Redeemer Lives: Suffering and Redemption in the Book of Job

by Ronald P. Hesselgrave

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Overview

The book of Job has captured the imagination of Christians and non-Christians alike. In this study, Ronald Hesselgrave shows how the personal story of Job's intense struggle with suffering is representative of the pain and vexation within the entire creation, and how Job's eventual healing and restoration in the context of his relationship to God is connected to the ""grand narrative"" of God's purpose to redeem humanity and defeat evil in the world. He explores the themes of creation, evil, lament, justice, and God's sovereignty, grace, and redemption within the separate speeches in Job and against the backdrop of wisdom literature as a whole.
A further concern of this study is with the pastoral or practical value of the book of Job, both for caregivers and those who may themselves be going through the valley of deep trauma and suffering. Dr. Hesselgrave brings together theological, social, and psychological insights in a way that deepens our understanding of suffering and provides the basis for a more holistic and comprehensive response to the needs of those who suffer. A final summary of the implications of Job for a practical theology of suffering is given in the conclusion.


""This short but comprehensive treatment of Job fills a particular need. Mission in the twenty-first century increasingly engages contexts of suffering, both individual and societal. Hesselgrave ably presents Job through the lens of mission: our participation in God's restoration of that which has been undone by sin. Eschewing big-picture 'answers' of theodicy, he presents Job's biblical and practical implications for engaging relationally and authentically with persons for whom suffering is a daily reality.""
--Jim Baker, ReachGlobal Europe Division Leadership Team, SERVEurope Catalyst Team Leader


Ronald P. Hesselgrave (MDiv, PhD) is the Education/Resource Coordinator for EFCA ReachGlobal Europe/Asia. He has taught at Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois), Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College (Nyack, New York), and Rutgers University. He is the author of several other books and various articles in the areas of Christian theology, ethics, and mission. Ron and his wife Kathi are co-founders of Stepping Stones Network which addresses sex trafficking in the Chicago area.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498281584
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Ronald P. Hesselgrave (MDiv, PhD) is the Education/Resource Coordinator for EFCA ReachGlobal Europe/Asia. He has taught at Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois), Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College (Nyack, New York), and Rutgers University. He is the author of several other books and various articles in the areas of Christian theology, ethics, and mission. Ron and his wife Kathi are cofounders of Stepping Stones Network which addresses sex trafficking in the Chicago area.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Preface vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Job and God's Redemptive Purpose 17

Chapter 1 The Mission of God in the Book of Job 19

Part 2 Job and Wisdom Literature 31

Chapter 2 God's Ongoing Activity in His Creation 33

Chapter 3 The Ambiguity and Unpredictability of Life 40

Chapter 4 The Fear of God in Response to His Sovereignty 49

Chapter 5 The Redemptive Grace of God 56

Part 3 The Speeches in Job 69

Chapter 6 Job's Friends 71

Chapter 7 Job's Lament 80

Chapter 8 Where is Wisdom to be Found? 88

Chapter 9 Elihu's Theology 98

Chapter 10 The Lord Speaks 104

Conclusion: Towards a Practical Theology of Suffering 114

Appendix: Discussion Guide 123

Bibliography 137

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