Job: A Theological Commentary on the Bible

Job: A Theological Commentary on the Bible

by Steven Chase


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The book of Job, an enigmatic but powerful book in the Old Testament canon, raises universal questions about suffering and God's relationship to both the cause of the anguish and those who endure it. The ideas and questions of theodicy, divine justice, and divine power that arise and challenge Job's life still resonate with our lives today. Chase's commentary in the Belief series not only wrestles with the issues raised by the text, but it also probes the depths of spiritual theology in the book of Job.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664232474
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 04/26/2013
Series: Belief Series
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Steven Chase is Studium Scholar at Saint Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota. He has taught at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan and is the former President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He is the author of a number of books, including Nature as Spiritual Practice, Contemplation and Compassion, and The Tree of Life: Models of Christian Prayer.

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note xiii

Series Introduction William C. Placher Amy Plantinga Pauw xv

Preface xix

Abbreviations xxi

Introduction: Why Job? Why Now? 1


1:1-2:13 Prologue: Affliction, Friendship, Silence 15

Further Reflections: Innocent Suffering 20

Further Reflections: The Satan 24

3:1-26 Job's Lament: A Death-Wish Poem 27

Further Reflections: Theodicy 32

4:1-14:22 First Poetic Dialogue Cycle 36

Further Reflections: Retributive Justice 40

Further Reflections: Providence 54

Further Reflections: Divine Justice 63

Further Reflections: Power and Justice on Trial 74

Further Reflections: Creation 86

Further Reflections: Hope 90

15:1-21:34 Second Poetic Dialogue Cycle 96

Further Reflections: Innocence and Guilt in a Piety of Conformity 100

Further Reflections: Windy Words 110

Further Reflections: Frantic Hopelessness 116

Further Reflections: Wisdom 123

Further Reflections: My Redeemer Lives 135

Further Reflections: "From my flesh 1 perceive": Premodern Readings of 19:25-29 138

Further Reflections: The Moral Order Reordered 147

Further Reflections: Job's Complaint as Prayer 153

22:1-27:23 Third Poetic Dialogue Cycle 160

Further Reflections: Original Sin 163

Further Reflections: The Hiddenness of God 179

Further Reflections: Masoretic Text and Canon 185

Further Reflections: Job's Mashal (Discourse) 196

Further Reflections: Wisdom in Job 208

29:1-31:40 Job's Final Summation and Laments 219

Further Reflections: Job's Beatitude 224

Further Reflections: Job's Trial Strategy 232

32:1-37:24 The Elihu Chapters 235

Further Reflections: Concurrence: Calvin and Aquinas on Elihu 239

Further Reflections: Suffering as Divine Pedagogy 242

38:1-42:6 YHWH Appears with Job's Response 250

Further Reflections: The Whirlwind as Theophany 254

Further Reflections: Guilty? Innocent? Just? 266

Further Reflections: Behemoth and Leviathan: Did God Create Evil? 272

Conclusion: Entertaining Suffering 282

Suggestions for Further Reading 289

Index of Scripture 299

Index of Subjects 307

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