Job and His Friends

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JOB AND HIS FRIENDS

A PAPER
PRESENTED to
DR.WAYNE POPLIN
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

In Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements for OBST 592

By
Maurice Allan Smith Sr.
22943721
March 3, 2013

Introduction The book of Job is written as a dramatic poem, that deals with several age old questions, among them are the question of why the righteous suffer. The book of Job takes its name from the main character in the poem, the patriarch Job. Because Job deals with a number of universal questions, it is classified as one of the Wisdom Books of the Old Testament. Other books of this type are Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.1
The book of Job is a very complex book in that is seems to contradict the wisdom theology found in other books like Psalms, Proverbs, and James, in that scripture seems to show that righteousness is rewarded with blessings, while a life of foolishness can result in death. Then comes the confusing book of Job that contradicts God’s previous messages of wisdom theology and shows the righteous being punished while those who do evil prosper. In this paper I will seek to show, through Job and his friends, that there are expectations to the rules established in wisdom theology and that through job and his friends we find the process to these exceptions, and that is God’s Sovereign Freedom.
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In this paper I will attempt to specifically identify, and address and evaluate each of Job’s friends and their communication with Job and his replies with the effort to see the progression to their conversation that seems to start with compassion and speedily deteriorates to callousness that is ultimately rebuked by God Himself. Through these 1. WWW.ovrlnd.com/outlinesofbooks/job.html/Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary investigations this paper will attempt to reveal the purpose of…...

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