Analysis Of The Book ' Job As A Work On Human Suffering And Divine Sovereignty

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Over the past centuries, scholars have regarded the book of Job as the seminal and quintessential work on human suffering and divine sovereignty. It has influenced the perspectives of both authors and philosophers for millennia. To some of the greatest writers of the past few centuries, the book of Job is presumed as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, literary work, especially on the topic of theodicy. When regarding the book of Job, Victor Hugo stated, “Tomorrow, if all literature was to be destroyed and it was left to me to retain one work only, I should save Job”. Poet Alfred Tennyson regarded the book of Job as “the greatest poem, whether of ancient or modern literature”. United States senator Daniel Webster exemplifies the book of Job as a “work of literary genius…[it] is one of the most wonderful productions of any age or of any language”.
The placement of Job as a masterful work of literature notwithstanding, the versatility and wide acceptance of the book of Job is due primarily to its investigation of the problem of evil and the desire to distinguish how the sovereignty of God contends with theodicy. In the end, the overall message of Job is not the problem of evil or the effect evil has on humanity, but rather God’s sovereignty in the face of evil. As this paper discusses the sovereignty of God, it is alluding to the ultimate power and authority God has over all things, including evil.
By scrutinizing the theological perspectives shared by Job and…
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