God and Job

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A Research Paper
Printed in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Course
OT 458 Old Testament Theology

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James L. Brooks
May 27, 2013

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Introduction
The book of Job is a classic. Many have read this book, especially when seeking answers to suffering. Whenever Christians talk about suffering, more than likely the story of Job will be mentioned and Job’s sayings will be quoted. Although the “Job story” is frequently discussed, there are still many unanswered questions. Where was God? Why did God allow Job to go through all the trials and tribulations? What kind of God is this? Why does God make a deal with Satan? What about Job’s friends and their response to his suffering? These are all questions that will continue to haunt readers after reading the story of Job.
This paper will examine the character of God and his parental attributes. No matter what the reader may think, God is ultimately in control. Although God gives Satan the latitude to do what he will with Job, short of killing him, still it is all within the scope of God’s permissive will. The story of Job, although it may be rather simple to read, is complex in theological understanding.
The God of Job is inscrutable, but yet he is in control. “The book of Job challenges the principle of retribution: that trouble in life must be a person’s own fault.”1
The prologue is in prose. The epilogue is in poetry. The conclusion is in prose. “The book of
Job takes the form of a prose story interrupted in the middle by a poetic dialogue.”2 Although the book is complex, the characteristics of God are clear. Although it seems as though God is harsh and unfair, God is presented as a good parent who is concerned for his child, whether that child is going through difficult times or is doing well. However, there are…...

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