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Majesty of God in the Midst of Innocent Suffering: The Message of Job (Kaiser)

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The book of Job speaks to some of the most universal issues of our human experience. Feelings of grief, misery, sorrow and distress are played out against the backdrop of a man resolute in his claim of innocence of the accusations, brought by three of his alleged friends, of being an unrepentant sinner. But Job’s sufferings serve to demonstrate more truth than Job and his friends grasped. Walter Kaiser guides us through this often–neglected book to find that pure worship in suffering is not only possible, but that such times of suffering can deepen our insight into the character of God.


… Walt Kaiser makes the ancient story of suffering come alive for our times. He lucidly demonstrates that in the story it is not Job who is on trial, but ‘God who is on trial.’ And God in his grace comes out of the trial in majestic victory. Highly recommended for pastors and laity. -Dennis P. Hollinger, President and Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts

… digs deep into the message of Job, shifting our focus from the pain and tragedies of life to the pure worship and true love of God. Walt Kaiser … writes with a pastor’s heart, a scholar’s mind and an unquestionable love for the Bible. -Barry H. Corey, President, Biola University, La Mirada, California and Author

… a superb exposition, which offers many insights from the Hebrew text and which helpfully clarifies the differences in the expostulations of Job’s four critics. -Edwin M. Yamauchi, Professor of History Emeritus, Miami University, Ohio

… eminent Old Testament scholar Walter Kaiser draws critical spiritual lessons for us all from the debate between Job and his friends, about God’s character, His grace and offer of redemption from our sin. [He] has a gift for getting us to think deeply about the most important issues of life. -Hugh Ross, Astronomer, Pastor, President of Reasons to Believe and Author of several books on creation

About the Author

Dr. Walter C. Kaiser Jr. is Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and President Emeritus of Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. One of the world’s premier biblical scholars he is a frequent speaker at conferences and has written more than 30 books.