Religion

The Book of Job: A Biography

Paperback

Price:
$17.95 / £14.99
ISBN:
Published:
02/25/2020
Pages:
296
Size:
5.5 x 8.5 in.
Illus:
12 b/w illus.
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The life and times of this iconic and enduring biblical book

The book of Job raises stark questions about the meaning of innocent suffering and the relationship of the human to the divine, yet it is also one of the Bible’s most obscure and paradoxical books. Mark Larrimore provides a panoramic history of this remarkable book, traversing centuries and traditions to examine how Job’s trials and his challenge to God have been used and understood in diverse contexts, from commentary and liturgy to philosophy and art. Larrimore traces Job’s reception by figures such as Gregory the Great, William Blake, and Elie Wiesel, and reveals how Job has come to be viewed as the Bible’s answer to the problem of evil and the perennial question of why a God who supposedly loves justice permits bad things to happen to good people.