The Book of Job
Now, The Book of Job has been rendered into English by the eminent translator and scholar Stephen Mitchell, whose versions of Rilke, Israeli poetry, and the Tao Te Ching have been widely praised. This is the first time...more
It's not that my parents were particularly religious; they just got caught up in the lot after they had their wedding there. My wife, who was raised United, tells me that for he...more
The meaning of the work has been different to different readers through the ages, but thoughtful consideration of...more
This modern translation by English scholar,is excellent and - with help from the author's terrific introduction - successfully brings forth what the essential...more
For me Job is a story that I keep returning to, along with similar works like the Bhagavad Gita. Currently one of the more intriguing aspects of the narrative to me is the apparently two part answer that Yaweh gives to Job. The first part is what I h...more
“Where is the path to where light dwells,
and darkness, where does it belong?
Can you conduct them to their regions,
or even imagine their homeward paths?
Where is the path to where lightning forks,
when an east wind scatters it over the ground?
Who cracked open a channel for the torrent,
clove the path for the thundershower,
to rain on lands where no man lives,
on wildernesses uninhabited,
to feed a wasteland, fill a desolation,
make it flower,...more
Giobbe sarebbe quell'uomo paziente che sopporta la sofferenza (case distrutte, greggi dispersi, figli uccisi, ricchezze perdute) e viene ricompensato con la restituzione di tutto quello che aveva perso.
Dio fa una scommessa col Diavolo: scommettiamo che Giobbe non mi rinnega anche se lo sottopongo a immani sofferenze?
E già questo basterebbe a spiazzare. Dio che sottopone un uomo a sofferenze terribili solo per averla vinta col Diavolo? Sissì, nero su bianco.
Giobbe perde tutto....more
And I'll say it again, a very very rich book. I was surprised at how relevant this book was to the things that I see around me today. I wish I would...more
It is also the Sumerian (and later Hebrew) answer to the question of why bad things happen to good people--and its answer is more subtle than I wa...more
Book of Job is considered to be a literary classic as well as being important to religion, and this is what led me to read it in this instance. For me, it doesn't really delivers on this front...more
This is a beautiful translation, and the commentary is well-written and interesting. I think I prefer Marcus Borg's take on Job in Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, but there's quite a bit the two have in common. I guess I mean that after having read Borg's thoughts, Mitchell's insights don't seem that fresh (but he may have even written them first-- I...more
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