This course will consist of a thorough study of the book of Job with a view to its theological, historical, and literary interpretation and significance. In order to equip students for interpreting this foundational book we will take into account critical matters & methodologies, ancient Near Eastern parallels and the canonical context of the book. We will also focus on several questions throughout our study: What is the appropriate way to talk about God while suffering? What is the role of Satan in human suffering? What answers to the problem of suffering does the book of Job give? How is the theology of Job’s friends still prevalent in Christian circles today? We will examine the literary structure, authorial purpose(s), and interpretation of the book of Job in its historical context, with an effort to discover the continuing relevance of the book of Job for the Church and society today.
- To have a thorough knowledge of the contents and message of the book of Job
- To gain familiarity with the assumptions, methods and conclusions of modern critical scholarship on the book of Job
- To gain an introductory knowledge of relevant Ancient Near Eastern Literature: One will read an English translation of the most important extra-biblical documents for a proper understanding of Job within its ancient Near Eastern context.
- To embrace the contemporary relevance of the book of Job for the Church today
- To grow closer to God through study of the book of Job
- To be able to discuss the relation of the book of Job to discussions of theodicy and modern liberation theologies
- To be able to interpret the book of Job in its original contexts
- To be able to apply the message of Job to contemporary audiences