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Unformatted text preview: Jasmine Fluker Kathyrnn Seidler Engberg World Literature 203 Literary Analysis Why God? We all face challenges in life. Many of us may question the order of things when challenges occur. Many times when our backs are against the wall, we seem to ask “Why God?”. In the Bible there are plenty of stories of individual turmoil. One of the most unjustly persecuted people in the Bible is Job. According to the Columbia electronic encyclopedia Job, is a book of the bible. The book is of unknown authorship and date, although many scholars assign it to a time between 600 B.C. and 400 B.C. A lament in narrative form, the subject is the problem of good and evil in the world: "Why do the just suffer and the wicked flourish?" In the prose prologue Satan obtains God's permission to test the unsuspecting Job, whom God regards as "a perfect and an upright man"; accordingly, all that Job has is destroyed, and he is physically afflicted. In this story Job is the protagonist and God is a superior spiritual entity. God loved Job because he was a very faithful servant. God showered Job with many blessings all because he was highly favored. God favored job because he had a pleasant demeanor and was always thankful. Since God loved Job so much he boasted to Satan, and they ended up challenging each other. Because Satan felt that Job would curse God when he is in crisis he is allowed to test Job, which is the conflict of this story. Once Job is tested, he steps outside his usual self and says some things, but never cursed God as Satan intended. Although Job feared God, when Job became depressed and enraged Job asks for death challenged God to talk, so that he could understand why he was being punished. Once the story unfolds Job begins to question God about why he would destroy him after...
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- Spring '10
- Suffering, Satan, Book of Job, Tanakh