Writing Assignment 1 Job

Writing Assignment 1 Job - The Book of Job in the Hebrew...

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The Book of Job in the Hebrew Bible is about a man by the name of Job who questions God about why he has to suffer for apparently no reason. In order for God to prove to Satan that Job was a faithful servant, God had to make Job endure suffering and prove to Satan that Job was a blameless and upright man. The ancient Israelites’ viewed God’s decisions as righteous and that there was an explanation for Job’s suffering because their almighty God has a reason for causing Job’s misfortunes. Unlike their neighbors, they were monotheistic and believed that God had a reason for causing suffering. One day, Satan and God’s angels present themselves before God one day and God said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Job is truly a great example to one of God’s servants as God asks Satan to consider how great his faith is in him. Satan answers defiantly to God: Does Job fear God for nought? Hast thou not put a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But put forth thy hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse thee to thy face. (Job 126) Satan claims that Job is faithful because he is well off and successful in the work he does. Satan also adds that if God takes away everything from Job, he wouldn’t be faithful. God gives Satan the permission to take away from Job. There came a day where Job found out from his messengers that he has lost his seven sons and three daughters, his livestock which consisted of seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred she-asses, and many of his servants. After finding out this tragic news, Job says “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I
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return; the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; bless be the name of the LORD;” (Job 127) Out of all of this suffering where Job has lost “everything” from his family to all of his livelihood, he still did not sin or blame God of this tragedy. God tells Satan that Job is still a good person who turns away from evil yet Satan says he has to lose more so Satan afflicted Job with painful sores all over his body. Job’s wife tells him to “Curse God, and die.” The faithful Job does not curse God or sin
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2011 for the course MMW 2 taught by Professor Chang during the Winter '08 term at UCSD.

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