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Rediscover one of the Bible's most important books. With a leading Scripture scholar as your guide, you will gain powerful insights into one of life's most vexing questions.

The Book of Job is a powerful and ultimately life-affirming book. But the text - one of the Bible's oldest - can sometimes seem puzzling to modern audiences. Now, The Book of Job: A Bible Study Course gives you an insightful look into how Job can transform your faith today.

You will join Prof. Kathleen O'Connor, PhD, the former president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, in exploring the vital wisdom of the Book of Job. A combination of beautiful poetry, classic storytelling, and profound theology, the Book of Job is brimming with insights. Through 15 audio lectures, you will take a closer look at the fascinating questions it poses.

First and foremost, you will examine the vital question: Why does suffering exist? Job himself is a powerful symbol for the mystery of suffering, experiencing nearly every loss possible despite his piousness. As you will discover, the answer to this question is surprisingly complex. Ultimately, you will encounter God as He speaks to Job about the ineffable beauty of creation.

You will find yourself among the characters, plunging headfirst into this beautiful text. Job remains one of the most enduring figures in the Bible, for all of us can see ourselves in his struggles.

Enrich your faith with the Book of Job today.

©2016 Now You Know Media Inc. (P)2016 Now You Know Media Inc.

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The Book of Job and trauma survivors

I had Dr. O'Connor as a professor of Old Testament studies years ago--and she has remained one of my favorite teachers of all time. Back then she had not yet written so extensively on those parts of the Bible that deal so palpably with human suffering--Lamentations and Job most certainly, but also even Jeremiah and Genesis. Recently, I've begun to turn to her later works for serious scripture scholarship on the theme of human suffering, in particular the suffering of groups as well as individuals. I really appreciate her overlay of applying what we now know about "trauma theory," helping to illustrate the way such powerful biblical narratives work not only as an exploration of suffering but acting as a narrative tool that can allow victims to safely explore traumatizing events without re-traumatizing themselves. Trauma that isn't properly transformed and dissipated tends to linger in the human heart and head, causing continued suffering of victims and sometimes even the suffering of others onto whom this lingering pain is transferred.

Please note: If your reading of the Bible is informed by modern-day "historical critical method," you will savor the scholarly treatment of these texts as well as parallel influential texts from the same time/place/cultures, brought to us by the wonders of biblical archeology and anthropological studies of the ancient world. If your reading of the Bible is more literal, you may not.

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wish I had not purchased

Not biblically accurate. more of a biased social commentary than a bible study. not what I expected.

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