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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Job 1–42

THEME

The nature of suffering

SETTING

c.2000–1000 BCE Southern Edom or northern Arabia.

KEY FIGURES

Job A devoted servant of God, who is prosperous, fortunate, and righteous, yet faces terrible suffering at the hands of both Satan and God.

Bildad, Eliphaz, and Zophar Three of Job’s friends, who come to comfort and debate with him.

Satan An adversary of God and His angels. He questions Job’s constancy and offers God a bet on his faithfulness.

The Book of Job is one of the most engaging books of the Bible, as it deals in an accessible and dramatic way, using poetry and prose, with one of the great philosophical challenges ...

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