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  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: BJU Press (May 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591666201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591666202
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Layton Talbert does a tremendous job of explaining the scriptural text.
Timothy M. Ashcraft
Beyond Suffering was helpful to me to understand a little better how the Lord in His sovereignty carries out His will.
Bonnie Oberg
It is accessible to the layman who is serious about Bible study, and it is valuable to the seminarian as well.
Brian Collins

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Timothy M. Ashcraft on July 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Beyond Suffering is probably the most thorough and helpful exposition of the Book of Job that I have ever read. Layton Talbert does a tremendous job of explaining the scriptural text. He takes time to examine the areas of Job that are difficult to interpret, and he provides good summaries of the dialogue sections so the reader can easily follow the characters' lines of argument. His treatment of the scriptural text shows how to interpret and respond to unexplained adversity. It also shows how to help, and how not to help, someone who's suffering this kind of adversity.

The author writes his book on two levels: "a lay-friendly text for the general reader, supplemented by technical, elaborative, or corroborative endnotes for the more advanced student of the Scripture" (p. x). Anyone desiring to know what the biblical book of Job is about can derive much benefit from reading straight through the text of Talbert's book. However, the student, preacher or teacher looking for more technical help will find a treasure trove in the endnotes in the back of the book.

Dr. Talbert makes an important observation about Job's unexplained suffering. God never explained to Job why he was suffering, though we know why from reading the first two chapters of Job. The important observation is this: Job never understood the "why" of his suffering so that he might be a more powerful testimony to the genuineness of faith in God as well as a testimony to the worthiness of the God we can trust.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian Collins on October 18, 2007
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Layton Talbert's guide to Job is a must-have for anyone studying this book of the Bible. It is accessible to the layman who is serious about Bible study, and it is valuable to the seminarian as well.

Talbert's book includes strategies for reading Job and a section-by-section discussion that guides the reader through the book. Though Talbet's work isn't a full-fledged verse-by-verse commentary, it does what many commentaries fail to do: it gives the reader a view of the forest. In doing this Talbert does not slight exegetical work. All of the key exegetical and theological problems that affect our understanding of Job are dealt with in detail. The views of various commentators are evaluated with skill and good sense.

In sum, if you wish to understand Job, Talbert's work is one tool that you'll want on your desk.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel Pringle on July 18, 2007
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Talbert's thorough understanding of the book of Job from both an expositional and experiential perspective allows him to open facets of Job frequently passed over. Not only does he deal with the beginning and end, but draws insightful, practical gems from the dialogue throughout this book. After reading Talbert's work, your understanding of Job will be renovated. Talbert's book is readable for the general public, but includes a good amount of technicality in the endnotes for those of a more scholarly bent. The book would be beneficial to those desiring a better grasp of an ancient peice of inspired literature, but is a must read to those experiencing trials or helping others work through difficulties. Everyone needs to be reminded of the bottom line: God is God and His works are marvelous beyond our comprehension.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Oberg on July 18, 2007
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Although I read my Bible from cover to cover and have done so for years, there were always certain nagging questions in the back of my mind about the book of Job. Questions like, how does this entire book fit together with all those discourses, (and with the rest of Scripture), and how could those "friends" behave like that toward him and justify their words and actions? Layton Talbert succinctly and skillfully answered those questions (and many more) in a way that made much sense to me. Using many Scripture passages that wove together the thoughts that were being conveyed, he artfully wrote a book that is extremely beneficial. This book is not only valuable to those who are hurting, but for anyone who wants to understand the Scripture better.

We have all suffered to one degree or another. We have all been wounded by people. My epiphany came when I read on page 234 that I should pray for my "friends" in an intercessory way, not in an imprecatory way. "God expects no less from us than He did from Job. Pray for those who have wronged you particularly in the context of your suffering. It is the mark of humility, maturity, and Christlikeness." (p. 234) Our ultimate example was Christ when He cried from the cross, "Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34) And I appreciated so much Dr. Talbert's emphasis on Christ's words and works all the way through the book.

Beyond Suffering was helpful to me to understand a little better how the Lord in His sovereignty carries out His will. I highly urge you to pick up a copy and read it slowly, carefully, and with a prayerful spirit.
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