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Chronological adventures reading the Bible: Abe then Job

This year I’m off to a slow start on my Bible reading–I blame it on myself–and am reading the Bible chronologically. I read Genesis up to the point where God commands Abram to “Go west, young man!” and am now reading the Book of Job. Currently, Job is in misery, wishes to die, wonders why God would allow this despite all the righteous stuff Job has done, and if alive today, would consider his friends’ advice as much of a help as, to quote that delicious simile of Dr. Sheldon Cooper’s, an air conditioner on the ice planet Hoth.

“Richard!” you gasp. “You’re not reading the Bible in order?!”

Nope.

While Job is listed right before Psalms and roughly in the middle of the Old Testament, it actually is considered the Old Testament’s oldest book. Whereas Genesis and the other four books of the Pentateuch were probably written by Moses around 1500 B.C. (a ballpark estimate, indeed), Job was probably written a millennia or two sooner.

I find this an interesting approach, to read the Bible as it takes place rather than reading it in traditional western order. We must realize, of course, that while the Word of God is divinely inspired, neither the book order nor the chapter stops are.

Not an easy read, but I find Job a fascinating book. A man does everything right and still suffers misery and wonders: Why?

Job was probably not written by Job, so it’s most likely that he never knew during his time on earth about the dialogue between God and Satan. How God bragged on him and how Satan challenged Job. And how God allowed all those terrible things to happen to Job, knowing he would bend, but not break.

More thoughts as I continue reading.

Richard is currently working on a blog posting (probably several parts) about his experiences in Baptist churches. Post comments here or e-mail them to richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

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