Job reveals a God we can trust, even in our darkest moments.
Barry G. Webb explores the book of Job as a reflection on the paradox of righteous suffering. Job confronts the troubling issues that life throws at us as we try to live in trusting obedience to God. Wisdom shows us how to live in relation to God when we don’t have answers for all of life’s problems. With detailed exegesis and biblical-theological synthesis, Webb explores Job’s unique theology of creation, evil, wisdom, justice, redemption, and God’s character, tracing these themes across the canon.
Modern readers have no qualms about admitting the notorious textual and theological difficulties relating to the book of Job. In this commentary, eminent professor of Old Testament Barry Webb provides an expository resource that encounters Job’s challenges head on. Webb’s labor with Job benefits contemporary readers who struggle with the same interpretive issues that have perplexed Bible students for centuries. Situating Job in its biblical context, Webb consistently expounds upon Job’s distinct contribution to the Bible’s overall theology, and particularly its distinct participation in biblical wisdom. Webb’s commentary is an engaging and stimulating contribution to the study of Job that will benefit the scholar, challenge the layperson, and assist the expositor in proclaiming the relevance of the age-old and sometimes enigmatic composition to a contemporary audience.
—Dominick S. Hernández, editor, Bulletin for Biblical Research; associate professor of Old Testament and Semitics, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
The Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC) series locates each biblical book within redemptive history and illuminates its unique theological contributions. All EBTC volumes feature informed exegetical treatment of the biblical book and thorough discussion of its most important theological themes in relation to the canon—all in a style that is useful and accessible to students of Scripture and preachers of the word.
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Barry G. Webb is senior research fellow emeritus in Old Testament at Moore Theological College in Newtown, Australia, and author of several commentaries, including The Book of Judges (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) and Five Festal Garments: Christian Reflections on the Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther (New Studies in Biblical Theology).