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The Book of Job

June 13, 2012


It appears certain that I’ll be teaching a class on the Book of Job in the Fall. God has provided some wonderful resources for me in my study. Some were gifts (thank you!), some were bargians at Book Aid and the others are owned by the Bible College. I know that I’ll be using them all.

For those interested, here are the details. The books are in order from left to right:

1. John E. Hartley — The Book of Job (New International Commentary on the Old Testament, 1988).

2. Hywel Jones — Job (Evangelical Press Study Commentary, 2007).

3. David J.A. Clines — Job 1-20; Job 21-37 (Word Biblical Commentary, 1989, 2006).

4. William H. Green — Conflict and Triumph: The Argument of the Book of Job Unfolded (The Banner of Truth Trust, 1999).

5. Francis I. Andersen — Job (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, 1976).

6. D. A. Carson — How long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil (Baker Academic, 1991)

7. John Calvin — Sermons from Job (Baker Book House, 1979)

In the coming weeks I will make some posts about various aspects of Job: theological, textual, practical, messianic, whatever comes up.

Some ideas include:

  • Is the book of Job allegory/parabolic or factual/historic?
  • Quotations of and allusions to the book of Job in the Old and New Testaments.
  • Typology in the book of Job.
  • Has the original text from Job been distorted throughout the centuries? Ie. Have we lost Zophar’s final speech?
  • Reviews of some of the commentaries above (this will be a while away!)

If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to post them in the comments below and I’ll try to get to them.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    January 24, 2013 7:56 pm

    Those are some great books on Job. I am studying Job and have been looking for some Good commentaries. The only one I have out of that list is William Green’s book. I have a few books that I am reading through as I study Job that have been extremely helpful.

    1. David Jackson “Crying out for Vindication: The Gospel According To Job”.
    2. The Storm Breaks: Job Simply Explained. Derek Thomas
    3. Beyond Suffering: Discovering the Message of Job. Layton Talbert (EXCELLENT)
    4. The Beginning of Wisdom: Preaching Christ from the First and Last Chapter of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. Douglas Sean O’Donnell
    5. Calvin’s Teachings on Job, by Derek Thomas

    These are excellent books.

    Which ones below would you consider as being one of the best that you listed? One that is not too technical.

    The Carson book looks interesting. Is that exclusively about Job?

    1. John E. Hartley — The Book of Job (New International Commentary on the Old Testament, 1988).

    2. Hywel Jones — Job (Evangelical Press Study Commentary, 2007).

    3. David J.A. Clines — Job 1-20; Job 21-37 (Word Biblical Commentary, 1989, 2006).

    5. Francis I. Andersen — Job (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, 1976).

    6. D. A. Carson — How long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil (Baker Academic, 1991)

    Thanks! Steve.

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