"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Preaching Series on Job
Job 1:1-22 Commentary
by Kathryn M. Schifferdecker
Notes for a six-week preaching series on Job.
These are suggested passages from the book of Job to be used for a sermon series. I've sketched a few ideas for each week, but you may very well want to look at other resources on Job:
1. I highly recommend a wonderful essay on Job and its theology by Ellen F. Davis, "The Sufferer's Wisdom," from her book, Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament (Cowley, 2001).
2. For more extensive commentaries, you might read J. Gerald Janzen's Job (Interpretation series. Westminster John Knox, 1997) or even my own book, Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard, 2008). The latter concentrates primarily on the speeches of God at the end of the book.
The story of Job begins. We are introduced to this righteous man and to the wager between God and the Satan. ("The Satan" in the book of Job is a title rather than a name. In chs. 1-2, the word always occurs with the definite article. The Satan's job is to investigate human beings and report ...
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