Original Research

The God of Job

Leonard Mare
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 33, No 1 | a681 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v33i1.681 | © 2012 Leonard Mare | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 September 2011 | Published: 02 May 2012

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Leonard Mare, North-West University, South Africa


God is often portrayed extremely negatively in the Old Testament. For example, in the Book of Nahum God is pictured as being responsible for the most horrifying violence imaginable. This negative portrayal of God is also found in the Book of Job. God is responsible for the suffering that his righteous servant Job, has to endure. He is even manipulated by the satan to allow him free reign in attacking Job. God even acknowledges that the misery and pain inflicted on Job, was for no reason. Job’s children are killed in order for God to prove a point, and in his response to Job’s suffering, he doesn’t even address the issue of Job’s suffering. This is a picture of a very cruel, vicious God. This article investigates the negative, disturbing images of God in the Book of Job. Are these images of God who God really is, or is the God of Job a literary construct of the author? The focus of this study is on the prologue and epilogue to the book, as well as the speeches of God in Job 38–41.


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