Job 38-42: Word Biblical Commentary [WBC]   -     By: David Clines
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Thomas Nelson / 2005 / Hardcover

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Eminent biblical scholar Clines concludes his epic 3-volume study of the Book of Job! Shedding light on the complex issues of suffering, experience, and faith, he illuminates Yahweh's first and second speeches and Job's responses in chapters 38--42. Features a 200-page index to all three volumes; bibliographies, including additions to volumes 1 and 2; and more. 480 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 (inches)
ISBN: 0785252673
ISBN-13: 9780785252672
Availability: In Stock
Series: Word Biblical Commentary

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Complete the Old Testament series of the Word Biblical Commentary with Dr. David Clines’ monumental study of Job. Volume 18B  is devoted entirely to the response of the Lord from the tempest to Job, together with the replies of Job (Job 38–42), presenting the Lord's own explanation of his manifold purposes in creation and bringing to an unexpected conclusion Job's dramatic quest for justice.

Difficult portions of the Hebrew text are thoroughly handled, but the commentary is written for the non-technical reader and scholar alike. Clines uncovers the driving force of the argument and the drama of the book. The Explanation sections at the end of each chapter brilliantly summarize the views of the speakers and offer thoughtful reflections on their theological value.

The volume concludes with a unique 250-page bibliography of virtually everything that has been written about the Book of Job, including its influence on art, music and literature.

Features include:

  • Complete new translation and verse by verse commentary on the Book of Job, in constant dialogue with other commentators
  • Extensive scholarly notes on the Hebrew text of the book and its many obscure terms
  • Unparalleled bibliography gives sweeping coverage of all aspects of the Book of Job from scholarly books to art, literature, and music

Author Bio

David J. A. Clines is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. He currently serves as Publisher and Director of Sheffield Phoenix Press. He is past president of both the Society for Old Testament Study (1996) and the Society of Biblical Literature (2009). In addition to his definitive commentary on Job, he is editor of the essential multivolume reference, The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew.

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    this books on job is very understandible when stud
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    will recommend to a friend because it can be understood greatly when studying.
  2. bluebird
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    Very in depth
    January 12, 2013
    bluebird
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    At the beginning of 2012, I vowed to read through the entire Bible in a year. When I got to Leviticus, I remembered those who talk about reading the Pentateuch "by faith" and without understanding. This is not how I wanted to study the Bible, and thus I have been exploring the "wonderful world of Bible commentaries." They cost a bit of money and they certainly consume lots of shelf space. But it is worthwhile having something that you can read and learn from while reading a text. They also are handy for reference when you just have a question about something that is on your mind.

    It is the beginning of 2013. I never got through the entire Bible in 2012. Indeed, I am just completing Deuteronomy, but have benefitted immensely from the writings of commentators on the various Pentateuchal books.

    Obviously, at the rate I am going, I may not get to Job until 2014. But the three-volume set from WBC is just the sort of thing that I want to have handy. I read some of the author's introduction for the first of the three volumes when they arrived. I own other WBC commentaries, for OT and NT books, and also have commentaries on various other NT/OT books from five other commentary publishers, so that I can enjoy different commentary formats and styles. I am accustomed to the WBC format by now, and know that it is very in-depth--but you can go to the summary if that is all you want at the moment. I also know that the commentators come from varied, but evangelical, perspectives. All of this lets me know that I will benefit in some way from this 3-vol set once I get to that interesting part of the Bible--in 2014 or sooner!
  3. mojo
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    Job 18B
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    mojo
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    The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. Such contributors include Gordon J. Wenham, Peter C. Craigie, John E. Goldingay, Donald A. Hagner, John Nolland, James D. G. Dunn, as well as dozens of others. Each of the now 60 volumes contains a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence as well as both the Hebrew and Greek helps These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, or the working minister and are often required reading in seminary. And now at long last volume 18B is published to be added to your 59 volume set!

    David J. A. Clines is the author of all 3 volumes on the book of Job and is emeritus professor of biblical studies at the University of Sheffield. He has studied classical languages in Sydney and Semitic Languages in Cambridge, and he now concentrates on Hebrew lexicography and contemporary literary approaches to the Hebrew Bible. His numerous publications include The Theme of the Pentateuch (1978), What Does Eve Do to Help?(1990) and Interested Parties: The Ideology of Writers and Readers of the Old Testament (1995) as well as a major three-volume commentary on Job in the Word Biblical Commentary series (1989-2009). He is editor of The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew, the sixth volume of which was published in 2007.

    All three commentaries on the book of Job look like this:

    vol. 17 covers chapters 1-20 ISBN: 0849902169

    vol. 18A covers chapters 21-37 ISBN: 0849902177

    vol. 18B covers chapters 38-42 ISBN: 0785252673

    This newest volume is strictly focused on the end of Job, God's answers. It's wonderful to have this volume now (2011) considering the previous volume was written five years ago (2006). Even though you'd probably only expect to find these books in a pastor's library, the language is easy to read and simple enough for a non-technical reader. Clines does a wonderful job unlocking the major themes of Job and the notes, scholarship and commentary he gives to each chapter brilliantly bring together the various voices we have grown so familiar with over the years of reading this book.

    With the addition of this volume to the other 2 books on Job, 18B contains a 250 page bibliography of virtually everything that has been written about Job until now.

    With Job being an often misunderstood, or confusing book, Clines does a wonderful job unlocking these scriptures and bringing it all to life.
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