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Job is a book of unique renown. For people who undergo any kind of suffering, Job confronts the difficult question of theodicy (as C.S. Lewis puts it, “the problem of pain”). It challenges the blessing/reward theology found in the Pentateuch and the view that God ought not be confronted in times of trial. Job is honest with God about his pain, and is richly rewarded in the end.
The New International Commentary: The Book of Job provides essential contextual information and insightful commentary on the Hebrew text of Job. This evangelical commentary comes with an introduction that addresses context, canonicity, literary aspects, theology, and message. Author John E. Hartley’s wide knowledge of the ancient Near East will put Job in the light of its own time without sacrificing contemporary scholarship and or the meaning of the text itself.