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Job 1:15 and 1:17 refer to raids by the Sabeans and Chaldeans respectively. The Sabeans are a bit tricky to identify, but the Chaldeans (Hebrew kasdim) are definitely a Babylonian tribe. They were one of the groups to sack Nineveh after the death of Ashurbanipal. The Chaldeans were around for quite a while before that - Genesis 11:28, 11:31 has "Ur of the ...


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The point of the book of Job is revealed in the final chapters, in which God answers Job directly, and Job's "comforters" indirectly. From our point of view, God's answer is not very satisfying, in part because God does not give Job a reason for why He allowed him to suffer so horribly! And that, my friend, is precisely the point of the book of Job. We ...


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You might like to take a look at the related questions What does the Bible have to say about dinosaurs? and Are Dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible? for some dinosaur-specific ideas; and Do Catholics consider Job to be historical? for, well, exactly what the question title says. Job is a bit of a tricky book in many ways. It is certainly held up as a ...


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First a disclaimer – Your question is another form of the renowned problem of evil. How can God be loving and kind in light of all the suffering that exists in the world? It is easy to try to give over simplifying answers especially when I myself haven’t gone through the problems many other people have to face. I do not think I can fully answer your ...


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I believe it is because Job's complaining went beyond merely complaining and went into self-justification and questioning God. Job 40:1-5 Then the LORD said to Job, "Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it. Then Job answered the LORD and said, "Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? ...


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Given that God is able to do as he wishes, the question is more whether sinners can be around God. The text is pretty clear that God permits Satan into his presence so he can show the faithfulness of his servant, Job. Throughout the scriptures and in other places we find that God can 'reveal' himself or be 'in the presence of' sinners in some fashion; and ...


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In chapter 19 we see a clear view of Job's beliefs on the subject, which explains (at least partially) where he would have found the strength to recover from his grief at the loss of his children: Job 19:23-26 23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! 24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the ...


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I see three possibilities for understanding Job's situation: We are meant to read the entire book of Job as allegory rather than as history. Children were valued in a different way in Job's culture than they are in ours. Job, whether he knew it or not, had a hope of resurrection. These are not mutually exclusive options so let's see how they answer the ...


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There seems to be an underlying assumption in questions like these, specifically that if God is really loving, then He is obligated to prevent any harm from ever coming to anyone. In fact, He should create a world where everything is perfect--which is actually what He did, but even in that world mankind rejected God. It is also instructive to note ...


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I've been taught (Reformed Presbyterian) that Job's first three friends did some things right (e.g., wait until Job spoke first), but mostly they did things wrong (applied generally good theology incorrectly to the situation at hand). Elihu was not commenting on the previous history and whether Job had sinned before all the catastrophe; Elihu was commenting ...


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Job was a man who loved God. Satan told God that he only reason Job loved Him was because He allowed him to be wealthy. So to prove him wrong, God allowed Satan to take all of Job's possessions. Job's oldest son's home was destroyed by a violent wind. All of Job's children were partying there and were killed. In his sadness, Job tore his robe. Despite all ...


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I'm not going to give an involved answer, just a more simple one. I'm also only going to address the "bet" part, not the goodness or supposed evil of what happened to Job. God does not bet. He exists simultaneously in every place, at every time that has ever, or will ever, exist. He doesn't know the future, he is in the future, right now, and a million ...


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How do I, as a Christian, reconcile the story of Job with a God of love? What part of this story demonstrates any hatred by God towards Job? Satan presents himself in front of God, requests that God remove his protection from Job. God grants his request. There is no bet, and no hatred on the part of God. Who killed the livestock and the children? ...


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Considering the omnipresence of God, a good question to ask would be, "How could God not be around Satan?" Psalm 139 as well as other places describe how God is everywhere and fills heaven and earth. There is, however, a distinction in the impact of His presence. For instance, if the police show up while a crime is taking place, how can they tell the ...


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Catholic Tradition treats Job as an inspired parable and, like lots of the Bible, take this and the assumption that it has multiple authors for granted (not at the expense of its divine inspiration). So... I think it's not a particularly impious statement to say that Job probably wasn't a written story until well after the dynastic period and into the time ...


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Concerning the "misfortune" that happened to Job and his family: We live for God, and not for ourselves, as Christ lived for us. I know that if I'm living for God, and I am in good faith, that anything that happens to me that I perceive as negative has some greater good for God's will and/or His kingdom, because God is good. If I were Job, and I knew that ...


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According to my King James translation and as many other Bible translations I know of; you can die twice but only be resurrected once. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first ...


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Quick answer: It may be a future creation... I've read the Leviathan chapter many times. Its something hugely interesting to me. Consider this seemingly unrelated scripture: Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them. On ...


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At Acts 2:34 we see that not even David, who was considered to be one of the righteous kings, ascended to heaven. The Bible indicates that Jesus was the first one to be resurrected to spirit life and ascend to heaven. (John 3:13) This would include Job and his sons and daughters. They are still potentially eligible for a resurrection to earthly life during ...


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I don't know if Chesterton speaks for the whole Church, but he says: The doctors disagree, as it is the business of doctors to do; but more to the reality of Job's construction: The Book of Job may have grown gradually just as Westminster Abbey grew gradually. But the people who made the old folk poetry, like the people who made Westminster Abbey, ...


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It seems that the reason that God was so angry with Job was because of Job's pride and arrogance. After chapters 38 and 39 where God displays his omnipresence and omnipotence to Job, God confronts Job saying, showing that Job's wisdom is power is limited and finite: Job 40:8-9 (NASB) 8 “Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you ...


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Good question. The question revolves around the fact that Satan was around God. The point here is that Satan was not legally condemed, because there was no proof that he was the one doing all the bad actions. Sure, God knows that he did it. But in order to properly condemn Satan of his sins, which came to the sacrifice of his only son, Jesus. This is where ...


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It apears logical that Job lived after the flood in the land of UZ. (Edom) southern Isreal and extending outward over its borders.I am disapointed that he did not live preflood with the huge dinasours.(i was sure).But however more interestingly the possibility that there were sizabley large post flood dinasours. Re: Behamoth, Laviathon.Lamentations 4:21 ...


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On Job 1:1, it is said: "There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job." Uz may have been refering to The Uz, who was the son of Aram and a direct descendent of Shem. Or, Uz might have been a variation to the word Oz, which means east. In Job 1:3, it is said that Job was the greatest man of all East. Most scholars will date Job in 4th and 6th BCE/BC. ...



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