On Teaching the Book of Job: How Do You Answer These Questions . . . ?
Last week I lectured on Job. After the lecture, I posed the following questions to the class; we didn’t get past the first one. It was a lively discussion, and my goal was to press the students to think beyond easy assumptions that “God only does the good” and really wrestle with the questions Job himself seems to be asking. It is a book, I believe, that does not–indeed, should not–give way to easy conclusions or oversimplification.
1) Who is in the right? Job? God? Why?
2) What does the book of Job reveal about God?
3) What “wisdom” is being communicated in Job? How does this book fit into the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible?
4) Why do you think Job is in the canon?
How would you respond to any/all of these questions? And yes, dear reader, I will offer my responses . . . in due time.