From one of our most trusted spiritual advisers, a thoughtful, illuminating guide to that most fascinating of biblical texts, the book of Job, and what it can teach us about living in a troubled world.
The story of Job is one of unjust things happening to a good man. Yet after losing everything, Job - though confused, angry, and questioning God - refuses to reject his faith, although he challenges some central aspects of it. Rabbi Harold S. Kushner examines the questions raised by Job's experience, questions that have challenged wisdom seekers and worshippers for centuries. What kind of God permits such bad things to happen to good people? Why does God test loyal followers? Can a truly good God be all-powerful?
Rooted in the text, the critical tradition that surrounds it, and the author's own profoundly moral thinking, Kushner's study gives us the book of Job as a touchstone for our time. Taking lessons from historical and personal tragedy, Kushner teaches us about what can and cannot be controlled, about the power of faith when all seems dark, and about our ability to find God.
Rigorous and insightful yet deeply affecting, The Book of Job is balm for a distressed age - and Rabbi Kushner's most important book since When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
©2012 Harold S. Kushner (P)2012 Random House Audio
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A great opening up of difficult material. Reviews top thinkers on thoughts on the subject
"I wanted to love this book, but can't."
I have 3 Kushner books and with each purchase, I hope it will be a masterpiece of biblical wisdom and insight. But here again, the author is way too academic for lay person to care. These long PhD. style lectures make the reading as dry as sawdust.
Here, the author had a prime opportunity to offer insight into Job's suffering, but instead I received long lectures about how the text was translated from Aramaic to Hebrew and then into blah, blah, blah.
No, he did fine.
Not really, no.
"Insightful, informative and interesting"
Rabbi Kushner has written extensively on the problem of suffering from his own deep experience. He reads his book with warmth and clarity, and revisits the broad outline of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" with 30 years more experience and reflection. It still doesn't solve the problem, but great insights into both the Book of Job and life.
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