feb 5 - Job and the Problem of Evil I. The Literary...

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I. The Literary Structure of Job a. Prologue (1:1-2:10) i. Similar to Epilogue (imminent model of God) b. Job’s Complaint (2:11-3:26) i. Similar to Theophany (transcendent model of God) c. Discourses of Job and his Friends (4:1-31:37) d. Elihu’s Speeches (32:1-34:24) e. Theophany (38:1-42:6) f. Epilogue (42:7-17) II. Four Sources for the book of Job III. Three Problems of Evil a. How can there be any imperfection in the world, e.g. rotten apples and earthwuakes, given that God made the world good? i. Everything finite is impercet ii. Bad creatures do things that cause the imperfections b. Why do people sin? How is it possible of them to sin? i. The Free will Defense 1. God must create a very good world 2. Such a world must contain beings with free will 3. God cannot interfere with free will 4. Finite creatures with free will sometimes will choose evil c. Why do innocent people suffer? Why do people suffer disproportionately to their sins? i. The Conventional Wisdom 1. All and only good people prosper 2. All and only bad people suffer ii. Why do people hold the Conventional Wisdom? 1. God is at least very good, very powerful and very intelligent. Any very good, very powerful and very intelligent being can and will reward the good and punish the bad. 2. Teaching children to be good requires the Conventional Wisdom 3. The Detuteronomist holds the conventional wisdom, as does the Deuteronomistic historian. a.
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