The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person (Jewish Encounters Series) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0805242928
ISBN-10: 0805242929
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From Booklist

The author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People (1981) is a natural to cover the quintessential story of suffering for the excellent Jewish Encounters series. He expounds the text, explains what philology has determined about its structure and linguistic meanings, and offers the best and most influential things said about it. The Book of Job consists of the originally non-Jewish legend of Job (only one name in the whole book is Jewish); the Hebrew poem of Job, encompassing Job’s colloquies with three would-be-comforting friends and God’s concluding response; and a theological commentary by the young Jewish bystander, Elihu, now considered a negligible late interpolation. Moreover, although the poem contains the philosophical meat of the book, it’s probably corrupt (due to scribal errors, perhaps) in one place in which linguistic logic breaks down. Nevertheless, it remains the touchstone treatment of the problem of evil in Western culture. After airing the assessments of centuries’ worth of sages, Kushner ventures that that problem is answered by human creativity and resilience and the faithfulness of God. --Ray Olson

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“A current, accessible examination of a difficult and wondrous jewel of world literature.”
-Kirkus
 
“Kushner skillfully analyzes this complex story, surveying many sources along with offering his own impressive interpretation.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Kushner’s analysis challenges popular understanding of a text written and rewritten by unknown authors perhaps separated by centuries…No one can explain why evil exists, let alone in 200 pages. Still, Kushner’s tragic loss lets him assail an insolvable problem with authority.”
-The Washington Post
 
“Harold Kushner first brought comfort and insight to many in 1981 with his best-selling self-help book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Since then, he’s continued to offer life- and faith-affirming messages…In Job’s anguish and anger toward God, Kushner finds lessons on how one might remain faithful to a God who does not protect us from suffering.”
-Vox Tablet (weekly podcast of Tablet Magazine)
 
“Kushner’s lifelong experience with and study of the central questions of Job make almost every page of his masterful reading stimulating and often provocative and will turn many readers to the text.”
-Jewish Book Council
 
“Harold S. Kushner…share[s] the gifts of scholarly foundations, challenges to conventional theology, and a style that enlightens and inspires the decidedly un-Biblical among his readers…Kushner does a wonderful job summing up what he takes away from the Job story (it is actually something of a spoiler to paraphrase it, so buy the book) and handily condenses thinking from some of the great Jewish thinkers.”
-The Seattle Times


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  • File Size: 2349 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SGLZJE
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