Job 31–41

Stewart W. Herman
  • Interpretation A Journal of Bible and Theology, December 2015, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0020964315603342

Job: designed for survival

What is it about?

The book of Job long has puzzled readers: was Job right to stand up to God and his friends? But when seen as a creature designed by God, Job has built-in survival skill: his integrity. He rightly resists the efforts of his friends to blame him for his troubles, and rightly insists on his innocence. The book of Job comforts us with the knowledge that we are designed by God to respond with integrity when faced with a world and social environment in deep conflict.

Why is it important?

God is not slapping us down, or leaving us to be picked apart by our 'friends'. Rather, the book of Job comforts us with the knowledge that we are designed by God to respond with integrity when faced with a world and social environment in deep conflict.

Perspectives

Stewart Herman

I think the book of Job is relevant to contemporary political partisanship. Integrity is not a luxury no one can afford any more; we need to see it as a critical dimension--when the chips are down--of what God designed us to be.

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