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On Job: God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent Paperback – July 1, 1987
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Gutiérrez helps us to understand how difficult it is to talk about God when the innocent suffer and how empty theology sounds when it refuses to speak from the harsh realities of life. Gutiérrez incorporates the works of various scholars, priests, playwrights, teachers, theologians and Latin American poets to help readers understand his approach to the topic. Gutiérrez thoroughly analyzes the deep messages to be found in the Book of Job and concludes by challenging Christians to use the insights found in its text to contemplate God's gratuitousness and live in accordance with its demands as we seek to help the plight of the innocent sufferers in the world.
Gutiérrez believes that Job's suffering has made him more conscious of other innocent sufferers. Gutiérrez also insists that God's justice can only be understood in the light of God's gratuitousness. He insists that the world turns on God's gratuitousness, not the theory of retribution. Gutiérrez also insists that those who suffer and talk (or complain) about God with honesty may actually be more pleasing to God than those who, like Job's friends, worship and obey God out of self-interested hope of reward or fear of punishment.Read more ›
To begin with, the book of Job tells the story of God testing Job's faith by allowing Satan to bring Job's life from fortune to misfortune. Job is brought through a number of tribulations, from the loss of his entire family to malignant skin diseases. Job's friends contend that his misery is a direct result of sin in his life. Job argues against his friends and brings his frustration and queries in direct appeal to God - even challenging God. Finally, God enters the narrative in the ending chapters to confront Job. In analysis of this Old Testament book, Gutierrez makes the beginning observation that Job's story, though written with a specific purpose in mind, seems written with "a faith that has been drenched in tears and reddened by blood." What makes this a particularly powerful observation is that it seems readily apparent that such a description can be equally applied to Gutierrez. His words are not like those of meticulous scholars who sacrifice meaning in pursuit of its details, but rather of one who is emotionally and personally invested in the topic he's writing about.
Gutierrez's treatment of Job can be broken down into four prominent themes that carry from beginning to culmination.Read more ›
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Excella book for understanding suffering from the Judeo-Christisn perspectivePublished 14 months ago by Joseph A. German Sr.
Of all the "Wisdom Literature" in the Bible, Gutierrez showed how Job was the "wisest" reality based author. Unlike Proverbs,etc. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jerry P. Schaertel
One of my favorite commentaries on Job. As a pastor and a person who has experienced tragedy in their own life, I found this book immensely refreshing and powerful.Published 19 months ago by C. Sample
I suspect that people who read this book are not so much interested in a study of Job per se, but rather desiring a deeper understanding of the nature of suffering and its... Read morePublished 20 months ago by William M. Lolli
Gustavo Gutierrez gives an analysis of the Book of Job that puts the teaching of Francis, Bishop of Rome, in context. Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by PT McGuire
As many times as I've read Job, I never really understood it until reading this book. Highly recommend to all.Published on April 10, 2014 by M. Bedell
Very interesting ideas on the subject of why bad things happen to good people. I would recommend this book to those who study theology/philosophy.Published on March 19, 2014 by Efrain Albarran
scholarly written with easy to access foot-notes--insightful into book of Job and modern application -reveals knowledge of Hebrew and other languagesPublished on July 10, 2013 by Mannie P Harrison
I do not agree with all of the author's conclusions, but this book provides an excellent, readable introduction to Liberation Theology.Published on May 28, 2012 by Edward J. Hassertt