By Jeremy | November 27, 2006
Good stuff over at Spanglish Gringo.
What brought me to Job wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the literary brilliance, nor the theological depth, but rather from a real need to know what to do Ã¢â‚¬â€œ with the questions, the shock, the fears, the sense of loss, the confusion and disorientation. The circumstances of my daughterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s health Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and the future ambiguities it presents Ã¢â‚¬â€œ are a major departure from anything I ever thought my life would go. …
But I quickly began to discover that there was more to the Book of Job than JobÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s engagement with God about his suffering. There is also JobÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s conversation with his friends about his suffering. As Samuel Balentine argues:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The book of Job is about friendship. For all of its heavy hitting on such important theological topics as innocent suffering or the justice or injustice of God, it is the theology of friendship that provides the frames for the books central concerns.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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