Understanding the Books of the Bible

by Christopher R. Smith

  • Length: 129 pages
  • Published: July 05, 2012
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-5809-5
  • Item Code: 5809
  • Case Quantity: 72

The book of Job will take you through a timeless and hauntingly beautiful poetic discussion of the nature of suffering and the causes of evil. The individual sessions follow the book's natural divisions and demonstrate its character as an unparalleled example of dramatic wisdom literature.

You'll follow the extended conversation in the book step by step as Job's friends describe how God's ways are disclosed through the workings of nature and expressed in the accumulated wisdom of experience and as Job appeals in response to the mystery of unexplained suffering. Through this guide, individuals and groups will better appreciate the complexities behind their own unanswered questions about suffering, and they will discover, with Job, that the universe is still governed by an all-knowing and compassionate God.


Why Read and Discuss the Book of Job?
How These Study Guides Are Different
1. Experiencing the Book of Job as a Whole
2. The Adversary Destroys Job's Possessions, Family, and Health
3. Job Wishes He'd Never Been Born
4. Eliphaz Urges Job to Trust God
5. Job Asks His Friends to Understand and Sympathize
6. Bildad Urges Job to "Plead With the Almighty" to Escape the Fate of the Wicked
7. Job Wishes He Could Take God to Court
8. Zophar Appeals to the Hidden Side of Wisdom
9. Job Insists He's as Wise as His Friends and Again Asks God for a Hearing
10. Job Looks for Someone to Believe in Him
11. Accused by His Friends, Job Declares That God Will Be His Redeemer
12. Zophar Accuses Job of Becoming Rich by Oppressing the Poor
13. Eliphaz Renews the Charge That Job Has Oppressed the Poor
14. The Friends Finish Speaking with Job
15. Where Can Wisdom Be Found?
16. Job Describes the Losses He's Suffered
17. Job Guarantees His Innocence with a Sevenfold Oath
18. Elihu Insists That God Has Already Been Answering Job
19. Elihu Challenges Job to Respect God's Authority
20. Elihu Compares God's Power to an Approaching Storm
21. The LORD Portrays a Wild World outside the Realm of Humanity
22. The LORD Describes the Terrible Power of Behemoth and Leviathan

Christopher R. Smith

The Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith is an author and biblical scholar who lives in East Lansing, Michigan. He served local churches for nearly twenty years in Massachusetts, Ontario and Michigan and is now a volunteer campus staff member with Graduate InterVarsity at Michigan State University. He was a consulting editor to the International Bible Society (now Biblica) for The Books of the Bible, an edition of the Scriptures that presents the biblical books according to their natural literary outlines, without chapters and verses. He was one of the translators for The Voice Bible. Smith has a B.A. in literature from Harvard, a master's degree in theological studies from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. in historical theology and Bible from Boston College. He has taught visiting, adjunct and extension courses at Williams College, Regent College and the Ontario Bible College (now Tyndale University College). His articles have appeared in professional journals such as Novum Testamentum, New Testament Studies and the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, in periodicals such as Bible Study Magazine, and on websites such as The High Calling of Our Daily Work.

BY Christopher R. Smith

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