Job Paper - Jasmine Fluker Kathyrnn Seidler Engberg World...

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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’s authorship is unknown and so is the date, although many scholars place it to a time between 600 B.C. and 400 B.C. It is written 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 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. 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. Because Satan felt that Job would curse God when he was in crisis, this became the main conflict of this story. Once Job is tested, he steps outside his usual self and says some things out of anger, but never cursed God as Satan intended. Although Job feared God, when Job suffered from depression, and deals with rage Job asks for death challenged God to talk, so that he could understand why he was being punished.
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Once the story unfolds Job begins to question God about why he would destroy him after he had provided him with such a wonderful life. First, Job was really confused as to why God would bless him so abundantly and take it away. In the New American Study Bible, the book of Job, Chapter 10 verses 8-9, Job states, “Your hands fashioned and made me altogether, And would You destroy me? Job continued on to tell God “ Did you not pour me out like milk, And curdle me like cheese; Clothe me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews? You have granted me life and lovingkindness; And Your care has preserved me in spirit.” Job wondered if God would take his life next since his entire families had been taken. Under the shock of his calamity, Job finds himself emotionally and existentially in the state of a newborn infant, suddenly bereft of the support and rapport of the womb and thrust naked into a world that suddenly has become very strange. Yet somehow he is able to worship . And the fact servant and possessions were already gone even futher depressed and saddened Job. The presence of sadness, fear, hopelessness, despondency, irrability and discouragement characterize a dysphoric mood in Job (Medicine 667).
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