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JOB (Job 1: 1-5, 13-22)
The Book Of Job

I. Background of the story

The story is derived from one of the books of Hebrew Bible, the Book of Job. It relates the story of Job, who was not Jewish, and in Jewish tradition is the son of Utz, who was the son of Nahor, the brother of Abraham. It tells of his trials at the hands of God, his theological discussions with friends on the origins and nature of his suffering, his challenge to God, and finally a response from God. The Book itself comprises a didactic poem set in a prose frame and has been called “the most profound and literary work of the entire Old Testament”. The Book itself and its numerous exegeses are attempts to address the problem of evil.

II. Summary

There was a man named Job, living in the land of Uz, who worshipped God and was faithful to him. He was a good man, careful not to do anything evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, one thousand head of cattle, and five hundred donkeys. He also had a large number of servants and was the richest man in the East. Job’s sons used to take turns giving a feast, to which all the others would come, and they always invited their three sisters to join them. The morning after each feast, Job would get up early and offer sacrifices for each of his children in order to purify them. He always did this because he thought that one of them might have sinned by insulting God unintentionally. All of a sudden Job’s possessions are destroyed and a ruach (wind) causes the house of the firstborn to collapse killing all of Job’s offspring who where gathered for a feast. Job does not curse God after this but instead shaves his head, tears his clothes and says, “Naked I came out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return; Lord has given, and Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of Lord”. In spite of…...

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