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The Book of Job The book of Job is concerned with the problem of the suffering of the innocent. The problem of innocent suffering raises the question of divine justice, or theodicy, the attempt to give a rational explanation of the justice of God in allowing evil to exist in a world under divine control. How can absolute goodness and absolute power be reconciled? There is not one simple answer proposed in the book of Job. As we have the book today, a prose folktale introduces and concludes the book while a series of poetic speeches forms the central section. The book of Job may be outlined as follows: 1:1—2:13 I. Prologue—Prose Folktale 3:1—42:6 II. Speeches—Poetry
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Unformatted text preview: A. Job’s Lament 3 B. Friends’ Speeches 1. First Cycle 4—14 a. Eliphaz (4-5) b. Job (6-7) c. Bildad (8) d. Job (9-10) e. Zophar (11) f. Job (12-14) 2. Second Cycle 15—21 a. Eliphaz (15) b. Job (16-17) c. Bildad (18) d. Job (19) e. Zophar (20) f. Job (21) 3. Third Cycle (disturbed) 22-31 a. Eliphaz (22) b. Job (23—24) c. Bildad (25) d. Job (26—27) e. Wisdom hymn (28) f. Job’s final defense (29—31) C. Elihu Speech 32—37 D. God Speeches 38:1—42:6 1. First Speech (38:1—40:2) 2. Job’s First Reply (40:3—5) 3. Second Speech ( 40:6—41:34) 4. Job’s Second Reply (42:1—6) 42:7—17 III. Epilogue—Prose Folktale...
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