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The Book of Job

The Book of Job may be the
first written book of the Bible, older than Genesis. It has been called the
most profound and literary work of the entire Old Testament. The Book of Job is a poetic attempt to do no less than address the
problem of evil in the world –- the problem of
reconciling the existence of
human suffering and
injustice with the existence of a
loving and
just God. What
insights is the author of the Book of Job trying to convey to us about our
human condition? About the role of
suffering and
despair,
temptation,
fidelity, and
providence? Of
human understanding and
forgiveness? And how will
religious and
non-religious readers
agree or
disagree about
ancient and
contemporary perspectives on the story of Job? SBS Member
Lee Snetting will guide SBS attendees’ introduction to, readings of, and search for answers about this most
mythic of Bible texts --
The Book of Job.

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  • Tom

    Good discussion. Lots of good points raised, and much food for thought.

    May 20, 2010

  • Steve M.

    Thanks to Lee for an excellent presentation and handout. It was a thought provoking meetup.

    May 19, 2010

  • Ralph P.

    Though we got off topic fairly quickly it was the most interesting meeting I've been to with SBS. We were debating fundamental differences between all the diverse viewpoints of the participants.

    May 18, 2010

  • Frank B.

    Thanks to August's guest, Matthew, for attending; and, again, to Bob, who, although not a Meetup.com member, has heard about SBS from Pastor Greg's Trinity-UMC website. (I'll make sure Bob hears of our next meetup being at Diamond's Cafe.)

    May 18, 2010

  • Frank B.

    Book of Job, Part II will cover analysis of the three parts of Job as potential separate stories written at different times; will compare Job texts to the texts of a potential predecessor tale from ancient Babylonian times; and will touch on discussions we want to continue based on Lee's discussion guide (see the PDF in Files to download it.)

    May 18, 2010

  • Frank B.

    This was great! The participants have asked Lee to present "The Book of Job, Part 2" in our next free SBS calendar slot (after the upcoming ones on "Our Personal Journeys to SBS," "Moses: One or Many? The Documentary Hypothesis," and "The Feminist Gospels?".

    May 18, 2010

  • Frank B.

    One of the best, most heartfelt discussions we've had, from many different theist's, atheist's, and humanist's (and even physicist's) perspectives, of the nature of a universe evolved as a consequence of, designed to require, or fallen into, catastrophe and suffering! We've decided to host within a few months, when the SBS calendar is free, "The Book of Job, Part II," -- to continue to cover this greatly influential book's origins, story, and assumptions, in more detail! Don't miss it -- or you'll suffer! :)

    May 18, 2010

  • David P.

    Great, wide-ranging discussion about one of the more difficult books from the Old Testament.

    May 18, 2010

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