The Book of Job

The Book of Job: Part 1— Overview

Job is often known for his tremendous suffering—and he suffered a lot! But the book of Job is about more than one guy's suffering. It's a book that tries to understand the basic question "Why do bad things happen to good people?"Watch

The Book of Job: Part 2—Structure

The Book of Job opens and closes in pretty accessible language with more complicated prose in the middle. But when you realize that reading Job is like watching a man fall into a pit, and then try to climb out of that pit, it's easier to understand the book as a whole.Watch

The Book of Job: Part 3—Key Players

While there aren't many characters in the book of Job, each one has an important role to play. The author of Job didn't want readers to trust every character, and used language to give clues as to who was a reliable source when it came to wisdom about God.Watch

The Book of Job: Part 4—Themes

The book of Job wrestles with the key question "Why do good things happen to bad people?" But that's not the only theme. Job is also a book about the limits of human understanding.

The Book of Job: Part 5—Job and Me

The book of Job is filled with legal language. Job essentially asks God for a trial, to plead the case for his innocence. We all have had experiences of suffering where we're convinced of our innocence, like Job. You might say that the book of Job offers us illustrations of an ineffective defense as well as an effective one.Watch