The Book of Job: Chapter 3 Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

The Book of Job: Chapter 3
An analysis of Chapter 3 of "The Book of Job".
# 36952 | 900 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2002 in Religion and Theology (General)

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The paper analyzes the themes in Chapter 3 of Job that are longing for death, the fact that death would be better than life, light and darkness, and that all there is right now is trouble and suffering. The paper discusses how the most important theme is the meaning of suffering and the contradiction in it. The paper also highlights the figures of speech and literary devices in the chapter.

From the Paper:

"The situation in which Job finds himself is because of an image of Satan that is found nowhere else in Scripture. Satan is a friend and servant of God, and is the one who tempts Job to curse God. Hyperbole or exaggeration is used generously because Job was a very wealthy man and very blessed, but all of it was taken away. The story is designed to illustrate that Job could not possibly have suffered more than he did. A parallel can be seen because God says that Satan could do what he liked; however, he could not actually put his hand on Job, and Job can curse as he likes, but he will not curse God. The result is a very powerful image or symbol of faith in the worst kind of problems and adversity. We learn in this chapter that Job is not about to follow the predictable course of action and turn against God. At the same time, he comes very close to giving into despair because of so many influences acting upon him."

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