The Book of Job- Theological issues and doubts through each verse.

Essay by Keir November 2005

download word file, 6 pages 2.5

Downloaded 69 times
Keywords , , , ,


This is a book that deals with good and evil and yet fails to mention once a reward or punishment in the afterlife. This is probably a gentile book translated for a Hebrew audience; Job does not know the Israelite name for Yahweh and he himself comes from northern Arabia. The whole purpose of the book apparently is to explain the cause of suffering, and yet it gives no answer at all. Sometimes it is to punish sins. Sometimes it is to warn others not to sin. Sometimes, as in the case of Job, there is no damn reason at all. All we are told after asking tonnes of valid theosophical questions is not to bother asking.

i.6-12: Satan is presented here literally as Yahweh's right-hand man who works for him.

i.7: God asks where Satan has been lately (apparently God didn't know), and Satan answered saying, From walking to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down on it, a verse which would later inspire Mark Twain's Letters From the Earth. This is in fact later contradicted in xxxiv.22.

i.6: Again, who are these sons of God? Jesus therefore isn't the only one.

i.7: Why would God ask Satan Whence comest thou if he's omniscient?

i.7-12: God is voluntarily allowing himself to be tempted by Satan and permits the completely unjustified and undeserved calamities to fall upon the faithful Job as well as giving Satan everything Job owns.

i.21: Instead of the Lord it should refer instead to Mother Earth.

ii.1: Another reference to the sons of God.

ii.3-7: God permits Satan to torment Job, just to see his reaction.

iii.9: Rather than dawning of the day, it should read instead the eyelids of the morning.

iv.18: Apparently even Yahweh's own angels...