An Analysis Of The Book Of Job

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An Analysis Of The Book Of Job Essay, Research Paper The book of Job is found in the Old Testament and is an epic poem written by many anonymous authors about a man of God named Job. Some Jews speculate that the author was Moses Rabbeinu other speculate the prophet Isaiah; others just accept that it was sent down by the Holy Spirit. Job lived in the land of Uz during the times of the Patriarchs; he was most likely a contemporary of Abraham. The structure of Job is in the manner of a poem, with a prologue at the beginning and the end of the book. Each verse is written in prose and many versus in the form of questions. This is most likely because the Book of Job deals with questions that mankind has; the questioning structure in the beginning and middle of Job foreshadows the

end when God speaks and answers some of these questions. Job was a practical ordinary man who was not sinless, but knew how to deal with his sins in essence making him blameless. Job was renowned for his riches, his love of his children and God-fearing beliefs. Job lived a comfortable life until Satan begins inflicting pain and suffering upon him. The major conflict in the Book of Job occurs in the first few versus where Satan challenges Job?s commitment to God. Satan insisted that Job would curse God in his heart for taking away his possessions; God accepts the challenge and Job is put to the test. At first, God gives the condition that Job himself is not to be harmed, Satan concurs and Job?s crops, livestock and children and devastated. After these events, Job does not curse

God but falls to his knees and gives thanks for the good times that he has had. Job acknowledges God?s right to give him things and take them away at his own whims. Satan then insists that since God put up the condition of not harming Job the test was biased in God?s favor. God then allows Satan to give Job sores all over his body contending that any man can give up his possessions but once his health is in jeopardy, he will denounce God. Satan uses Job?s wife as an instrument to convince him to condemn God. She tells Job to curse God so he can die and be rid of pain, but Job refuses still full of faith. While Job is bedridden, three of friends visit him and conclude that he has committed a great sin against God, Job defends his innocence but his friends are unsupportive. In his

suffering, Job proves to be faithful and does not renounce God. After much debate with his friends, a man named Elihu appears and relays the words of God. Job becomes angered and begins to see God in a different light, he thinks he has put up with enough poor treatment and feels God is unjust and unfair. Job has taken the first step in cursing God; God realizes this and through Elihu, conveys that men who are righteous will eventually receive what is promised to them. Elihu also tells Job that he is a righteous man and he is well intentioned, but his idea of God is too small and reflects on his own ignorance. The way Job is serving God is flawed, which is why he is experiencing so many difficulties. Elihu also reassures Job that God is not acting badly to him out of spite, but to

teach him a lesson. Job wonders why and demands to speak with God. God then decides to speak to Job who is filled with doubt; God asks Job a series of questions related to philosophy and nature, of course Job does not know how to answer them. Job is in awe of God?s presence and wisdom and is once again humbled, he realizes that he does not have the right to question God?s actions. God and Job continue to speak and God begins to address the problem with Job, that is his heart is too proud. Two animals are observed, a Behemoth, which represents the evil within a person. The underlying reason as to why God made Job observe this animal is to inquire whether Job is prepared to handle internal evils, and he proves himself able. Job is the faced with the Leviathan, who represents