Job – John Walton – NIV Application Commentary

NIV Application Commentary JohnJohn H. Walton is the author of the Job volume in the NIV Application Commentary series.

Preachers and teachers may find disagreement with some of the author’s interpretations of certain passages, they will likely find much help in the application sections.

In a fascinating twist to the commentary genre, Walton includes an ongoing discussion with one of his students who has suffered severely, the result of a tragic car accident.

The title character of the book of Job suffers terribly, but we should not mistakenly think that this book is just about Job.

It is about all of us, and ultimately about God.

Many have thought that the book simply restates the perennial questions that plague humankind in a world full of suffering.

But often our questions are too limited, and we must learn to ask better questions so that we might find more significant answers.

The book of Job answers our original questions obliquely, letting these answers prompt deeper questions, and leading us to discover the wealth that the book has to offer.

Most people assume that the book of Job deals with the question of why righteous people suffer.

Instead, John Walton suggests that the book is about the nature of righteousness, not the nature of suffering.

As we learn to deepen our questions, God will transform how we think about his work in the world and about our responses in times of suffering. [1]

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