The Taming of Job in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Karla R. Suomala

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/2011

Issue: Job (Vol. 31, No 4, Fall, 2011)

The core of the book of Job raises haunting questions about why a righteous God allows the suffering of the just. By concentrating instead on the beginning and end of the book, however, most Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interpreters have focused not so much on the character of God as on the character of Job and his wife. The issue then becomes how the faithful should respond to terrible and undeserved suffering.

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