So I’ve got my new chronological Bible and enjoying is greatly! I’ve read through creation and it was really neat to have all the verses in the Bible about creation in one place. I read through the flood and discovered that the flood began ON MY BIRTHDAY– May 17 [according to the Jewish calendar]. This would really be a good tool for any Bible student to have in their library! Now, I’m bogged down in the book of Job. I guess I really never realized that Job happened so early on. This is really what so totally excites me about this chronological read is being able to put things in perspective as they happened. I don’t think I have ever read all the dissertations Job’s “friends” gave to him in his time of trouble. They were no help to him at all. So far I think I’ve read through 10 different speeches from the 3 friends. I did find it totally interesting though that they came and just sat without speaking for 7 days with him in the beginning.

“So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.” Job 2:13

Sometimes that’s all you can do for a friend in need. They probably should have kept their mouths shut after that, and then I wonder why God saw fit to through inspiration write all this in the Bible. What am I to get out of this? I am now at the part where the younger Elihu asks permission to give his “opinion” and goes on with his speech putting down the older 3 friends who in his opinion are not wise in their years as they should be.


1 Response to “1.14.09”

  1. 1 Robert Sutherland January 24, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    You might be interested in this online commentary “Putting God on Trial: The Biblical Book of Job” (http://www.bookofjob.org) as supplementary or background material for your study of the Book of Job. It is written by a Canadian criminal defense lawyer, now a Crown prosecutor, and it explores the legal and moral dynamics of the Book of Job with particular emphasis on the distinction between causal responsibility and moral blameworthiness embedded in Job’s Oath of Innocence. It is highly praised by Job scholars (Clines, Janzen, Habel) and the Review of Biblical Literature, all of whose reviews are on the website. It is also taught in 262 US high schools in 40 states through Chapter 17 in The Bible and Its Influence. The author is an evangelical Christian, denominationally Anglican. He is also the Canadian Director for the Mortimer J. Adler Centre for the Study of the Great Ideas, a Chicago-based think tank.

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