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The Book of Job

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  1,455 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
The theme of "The Book of Job" is nothing less than human suffering and the transcendence of it: it pulses with moral energy, outrage, and spiritual insight. 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 ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 26th 1992 by Harper Perennial
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Max Maxwell
Feb 17, 2009 Max Maxwell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Bible-as-lit enthusiasts
I grew up on Grand Manan Island in the 1990s, and the climate of the schools and churches was still like the 1950s. We prayed and got the daily Bible story in class up until grade five. I had a Baptist upbringing, and I remember being taught that the Bible really happened, that evolution had been disproved, and the like.

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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Book of Job, Anonymous
عنوان: کتاب ایوب: منظومه ی آلام ایوب و محنتهای او از عهد عتیق با مقایسه تطبیقی پنج متن کهن فارسی؛ گزارش: قاسم هاشمی نژاد؛ تهران، هرمس، 1386؛ در 213 ص؛ شابک: 9789643633332؛ موضوع: داستان حضرت ایوب پیامبر از عهد عتیق در کتاب مقدس - قرن 1 م
Mohammad Ali

برای قضاوت در مورد این ترجمه-تحقیق باید اون رو از جنبه های مختلف بررسی کرد. اما اگر بخوام نظر کلیم رو در موردش بگم، بر این تأکید می کنم که پیگفتار هاشمی نژاد و محتوای پنج متن تفسیری فارسی - و نه صورتشون - جذابترین بخش ها برای من بودند

* مطالبی که در روایات اسلامی برایم جالب بودند

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Mar 30, 2008 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with overwhelming vicissitudes
I read the Book of Job in 2006 when my older brother was battling a very serious, very rare type of cancer. Although the cancer was gone, he was still enduring chemo and bills began to drown our dining room table. The turmoil and emotional stress in my home and everyday life was becoming overwhelming around that time. I picked up the Bible in church one Sunday because the preacher's messages was boring me to tears (I'm not big on the whole fire and brimstone movement) and I sat it on its edge an ...more
May 23, 2011 Bruce rated it it was amazing
I have read Mitchell’s translation any number of times, and each reading opens new insights. The text itself is often misunderstood, and the proverbial “patience of Job” is a great distortion, Job’s attitude being anything but patient, rather ragingly impatient. The Legend, Prologue, and Epilogue are undoubtedly later additions to this ancient text whose origins are lost in antiquity.

The meaning of the work has been different to different readers through the ages, but thoughtful consideration of
Mana H
از آن کتابهایی که آدم آرزو میکند کاش همیشه میشد از قاسم هاشمی نژاد انتظار داشت
کاش میشد از او انتظار داشت چنین ایده هایی را اجرا کند، متنی کتاب مقدسی که در اسلام نیز ردی دارد، پی گرفتن این رد و زدن رد تغییرات این رگه
یک کتاب کامل. شاید کاملترین کتاب هاشمی نژاد، یک ایده معرکه
Jun 18, 2011 Manny rated it really liked it
Recently filmed by Terrence Malick - it's a non-literal and quite stunning take on the story. Check it out if you're even vaguely interested in religion.

Clif Hostetler
Aug 05, 2014 Clif Hostetler rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion
This is a very readable translation of The Book of Job . However, the reader should be aware that Stephen Mitchell omits the hymn in praise of wisdom and the speech of the young man Elihu. Elihu is the fourth friend of Job's who speaks following the three cycles of speeches by the "Three Comforters." The author explains in a note to the reader that he's left them out because he (and many scholars) regard those parts as later additions to the book of Job . I agree that those parts may be later ...more
Mar 09, 2011 K. rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Most people only read the first two and last chapter of this book (the chapters written in prose), preferring to skip the chapters written in poetry. Doing so leaves the reader with a false impression of this book. The poetry chapters contain Job's questions, rants, and pleadings with his four "friends" and with God over the question: what is the meaning of suffering? Every possible meaning is entertained but without satisfying Job--until God himself speaks out of a whirlwind, showing Job that G ...more
Sidharth Vardhan
God’s Bad Job

"Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me."

"Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment."

I don’t know what a book like this (or for that matter, Genesis) is doing in Bible – it is like calling in a debate from non-believers, giving them a sort of voice and that is something that no officers of any religion want; but I love the questions Job asked when God turned against him.

And why woul
Aug 17, 2008 Briana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent translation of the book of Job; I highly recommend it. Job is a very confusing story and the last time I read it, I did so in concert with Carl Jung's Answer to Job, which gave me some insight into Jung's mind but not into Job's.

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
Jan 10, 2012 Ellie rated it it was amazing
Job is a book from the bible I have always been oddly drawn to and Stephen Mitchell is an author I am even more strongly attached to, so The Book of Job by Stephen Mitchell is obviously too great a combination to pass up. And Mitchell delivers a fascinating meditation on that great book of pain, suffering, and questioning. He also translates the book itself beautifully, showing what a beautiful poem it is. At the same time, it remains fresh, almost contemporary in Job's outrage and his friend's ...more
Jun 30, 2007 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, poetry
Incredible translation. Scheindlin's introduction and notes are absolutely first-rate. If you think that the Biblical Job is the patient long-suffering hero you've heard about, you're mistaken. To be sure, there is a patient Job in the story, but only for the first two chapters. The rest of the poem gives us the angry, resentful, impatient, indignant Job, who gets and gives grief from his "friends" and calls God a tyrant whom he longs to take to court. This text is amazingly subversive. You can ...more
Wren | WrensReads
I have always been a Christian. I was brought up in a Christian home, I had Sunday school every Sunday and Wednesday night church every, well, Wednesday. I went to church camps, I was baptized, and I went to Christian school and even had those corny cartoon illustrations of Bible Stores on tape.

So why is it that I have never fully read the Bible?

You would think being the brought-up Christian I am that I would have. I mean I said I had before. I even told people I have read it thirty times! I was
Brian Schiebout
Apr 29, 2013 Brian Schiebout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Job is the eighteenth book of the Bible. It is inspired by God. I was struggling before I read this book, there was a major part of me that didn't want to read it. After reading it though I am much more at peace with it. I think I finally know why it is part of the Bible and why it is very important. Job attempts to answer the two questions we often ask. First why do bad things happen to good people and secondly its opposite why do the evil ones seem to prosper. The best answer to the first is f ...more
Marc  A.
Aug 08, 2011 Marc A. rated it it was amazing
Iguess at a certain age one's mind tends to turn more to the ultimste questions. I took up Job in a Philosophy of Religion class I took as and undergraduate (a long time ago), bit was inspired by the Coen Brothers film, "A Serious Man", a humorous look at his distinctly unfunny and somewhat obscure book of the Old Testament, to revisit it.

This modern translation by English scholar,is excellent and - with help from the author's terrific introduction - successfully brings forth what the essential
Aug 25, 2016 Greta rated it it was ok
I only vaguely knew the story of Job but since it is one of the most influential stories ever, I decided to read the book of Job.

This edition has a very long and boring introduction. You really need the patience of Job to read it. Well I don't have that so I skipped it when I was halfway through.

The book of Job really surprised me. It wasn't at all what I expected.

First the form in which it is written : part prose, part poetry, part playwriting. The dialogues between Job and his so-called fri
Mar 18, 2016 Madelén rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A beautiful book. It's very much sad in the beginning, but then it's so cool when God speaks to Job. It really shows that your life will get so much better, when you let God in to your heart. It completely changes the definition of happiness.
آیت معروفی
حتی اگر اصل کتاب را نخواندید
مقدمه و موخرهی حسابی جناب هاشمی نژاد را از دست ندهید.
فوق العاده است.
Oct 04, 2016 Marko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The key to Christ is provided by the figure of Job, whose suffering prefigures that of Christ. The almost unbearable impact of the "Book of Job" resides not so much in its narrative frame (the Devil appears in it as a conversational partner of God, and the two engage in a rather cruel experiment in order to test Job's faith), but in its final outcome. Far from providing some kind of satisfactory account of Job's undeserved suffering, God's appearance at the end ultimately amounts to pure boasti ...more
David Stewart
Nov 18, 2016 David Stewart rated it did not like it
What a load of waffle.
Nov 04, 2016 Nathan rated it it was amazing
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I am convinced that the Book of Job is hands down the greatest and most powerful piece ever written...
Joan Haughton
Nov 02, 2015 Joan Haughton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Job Chapter 38:

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

7 Wh
Sep 28, 2016 Irene rated it did not like it
1.5/5. Supongo que si fuera creyente, puede que el libro me hubiera agradado un poco. Pero la "enseñanza" de la historia queda muy fuera de lugar porque nunca se responde al cuestionamiento de Job.

Además de que eso de Dios y el Diablo me recordó mucho al libro El Evangelio según Jesucristo y pues, nope.
Jul 15, 2015 Rama rated it really liked it
Shelves: old-testament
Lessons from the Book of Job

What will happen when bad things happen to a God-fearing Man? The verbal fireworks of the dialogue between Job and his friends and beauty of the poetry on wisdom of the divine speeches are found in the Book of Job. Having lost everything, confused and angry, Job refuses to reject his faith. In order to understand the nature of God, he questions if God make good people suffer and what has he lined up at the end of this. Is he going to bring happiness? Is he testing th
Karl Nordenstorm
A memorable and quite entertaining story, with the moral: the cosmos is not fair - accept it. I would not say it carries any real wisdom, if you find more wisdom in this than in Cinderella it is because you look hard for it.

If Job was not in the bible I don't think anyone would care about it at all.
Oct 27, 2010 Lesli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, religion
The story of Job has become such a shorthand for patience in our culture that I dismissed it. In fact, though, it is an interesting piece, from a number of points of view: the hero (and presumably the author) is a Gentile, a "son of the East." How did this story ever make it into the Hebrew Bible, and why? I don't know, but now I'm curious to find out.

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
Aaron Will
Jan 10, 2015 Aaron Will rated it liked it
I almost gave up on this book as I was reading through the introduction. Rated individually, the Introduction gets only 1 star, while the translation is worth about 4. The author would have been better off to stick with translating, rather than adding his interpretation. I'm a Christian who, in the classic Christian tradition, accepts that Job is properly part of the Old Testament canon of scripture. The author clearly doesn't view Job as many other Jewish and Christian people would (Biblical ex ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.

Falso, banalizzante.

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.
Jaycob Izso
Aug 09, 2016 Jaycob Izso rated it it was amazing
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Perhaps one of the most beautiful translations of the Book of Job. The Elihu Interlude is intentionally left out (Mitchell addresses why in the introduction), and the result is a significantly more structured antagonism between Job, his interlocutors, and the Voice. While some of the more traditional Jewish tones of the book are present Mitchell's translation draws out some interesting Taoist and Hindu oriented elements to Job's situation - certainly in the midst of Job coming to terms with the ...more
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