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The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person
Schocken / 2012 / Hardcover
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Part of the Jewish Encounter series
Harold S. Kushner is rabbi laureate of Temple Israel in the Boston suburb of Natick, Massachusetts. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he is the author of more than a dozen books on coping with lifes challenges, including, most recently, the best-selling Conquering Fear and Overcoming Lifes Disappointments.
When selecting an author for this 21st book in the Jewish Encounters series, editor Jonathan Rosen had a clear choice. In 1981, Kushner, a rabbi, published the best-selling book When Bad Things Happen to Good People after his 14-year-old son died of progeria. Kushner forthrightly tackled the problem of reconciling the simultaneous existence of evil and an all-powerful God. This is the issue confronted in the Book of Job, often cited as the most difficult book in the Bible. Job is a righteous man, happily married with 10 children and wealth. He is severely tested when he loses everything and his children all die. He endures this ordeal, not comforted by his friends who try to console him. Finally, after confrontation with God, he recognizes his mortality and the necessity of trusting God. Kushner skillfully analyzes this complex story, surveying many sources along with offering his own impressive interpretation. Although he does not resolve the thorny dilemma of why blameless people suffer, he advances our understanding of this quandary. (Oct.) 2012 Reed Business Information
"A current, accessible examination of a difficult and wondrous jewel of world literature."
"Kushner skillfully analyzes this complex story, surveying many sources along with offering his own impressive interpretation."
"Kushners analysis challenges popular understanding of a text written and rewritten by unknown authors perhaps separated by centuries…No one can explain why evil exists, let alone in 200 pages. Still, Kushners tragic loss lets him assail an insolvable problem with authority."
-The Washington Post
"Harold Kushner first brought comfort and insight to many in 1981 with his best-selling self-help book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Since then, hes continued to offer life- and faith-affirming messages…In Jobs anguish and anger toward God, Kushner finds lessons on how one might remain faithful to a God who does not protect us from suffering."
-Vox Tablet (weekly podcast of Tablet Magazine)
"Kushners lifelong experience with and study of the central questions of Job make almost every page of his masterful reading stimulating and often provocative and will turn many readers to the text."
-Jewish Book Council
"Harold S. Kushner…share[s] the gifts of scholarly foundations, challenges to conventional theology, and a style that enlightens and inspires the decidedly un-Biblical among his readers…Kushner does a wonderful job summing up what he takes away from the Job story (it is actually something of a spoiler to paraphrase it, so buy the book) and handily condenses thinking from some of the great Jewish thinkers."
-The Seattle Times
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