Job 21-37: Word Biblical Commentary [WBC]   -     By: David J.A. Clines
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Job 21-37: Word Biblical Commentary [WBC]

Thomas Nelson / 2002 / Hardcover

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Fifty scholars committed to the authority of Scripture as divine revelation. 60 volumes of the best critical scholarship. The end result: the Word Biblical Commentary series, which "harvests the important historical, textual, literary, and archaeological discoveries to serve the needs of professional scholars and teachers, students of the Bible and theology, working ministers, and anyone who wants a theological understanding from Scripture."

Add to that exalted series the second part of David Cline's commentary on the book of Job, covering chapters 21-37. Cline's masterful exposition of Job consistently maintains an alertness to both the windings of its arguments and the theological problem it raises, which is the conflict of faith and experience. Let Cline guide you through what he sees as the "most theologically and intellectually intense book of the Old Testament." Gain a measure of Cline's appreciation for the craftsmanship inherent in Job, as he looks at how its author ties together metaphor and theology in a "perenially uplifting and not infrequently euphoric experience."

Overview of the Word Biblical Commentary (WBC) series:
  • Theologically moderate/conservative
  • Evangelical
  • Technical (Knowledge of Hebrew is required)
  • Designed for students and teachers
Unique features of Job 21-37 by David A. Cline:
  • Detailed look at how each element in Job is absolutely necessary
  • Brilliant examination of how the interweaving of literary and theological perspectives reveals the richness of Job
  • A comprehensive general bibliography, and pericope bibliographies
  • Theological and spiritual insights from sermons and popular devotions
  • A verse-by-verse exposition that unravels the arguments and identifies the distinctive viewpoints of the speakers in Job
  • An explanation of why different English versions of Job have such divergent translations
  • Cline's own translations of various passages and speeches

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 560
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 0849902177
ISBN-13: 9780849902178
Availability: In Stock
Series: Word Biblical Commentary

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Publisher's Description

The book of Job has been hailed as a literary masterpiece. Yet it poses one of the most difficult literary problems in the Old Testament: how to understand the order of speeches and speakers from chapters 26 through 37.

In this second volume of his commentary on Job, Professor David J. A. Clines addresses the problem directly with a sweeping proposal. He argues that chapter 26 continues Bildad’s speech from the previous chapter. Job’s ninth speech is shorter than usually recognized, only 27:1–6, 11–12. Clines finds Zophar’s missing third speech in 27:7–10, 13–17; 24:18–24; and 27:18–23, thus completing the last cycle of speeches by the three friends.

Finally, Professor Clines solves the mystery of the wisdom poem in chapter 28 by crediting it to Elihu and showing that it should follow Elihu’s other four speeches (chaps. 32–37) as their climax. This new reconstruction allows Job’s final speeches (29:1–31:40) to end the cycle and lead into God’s response (chaps. 38–41).

Through it all, Professor Clines guides readers through the intricacies of Job’s language as well as the sweep of the book’s theology. He concisely summarizes the views of other commentators, but also notes the choices that readers can and must make in order to evaluate Job’s honesty and judge the character of one of the most vivid personalities in biblical literature.

Author Bio

David J.A. Clines is Professor of Biblical Studies in the University of Sheffield (England), Joint Editor of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and Editor of The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. He holds the B.A. degree from the University of Sydney (Australia) and the M.A. from Cambridge University.  Selected publications by Professor Clines include I, He, We and They: A Literary Approach to Isaiah 53, The Theme of the Pentateuch, The Esther Scroll: The Story of the Story, and the commentary on Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther in the New Century Bible.

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