The Book of Job by Harold S. Kushner
When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person (Jewish Encounters)

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From one of our most trusted spiritual advisers, a thoughtful, illuminating guide to that most fascinating of biblical texts, the book of Job, and what it can teach us about living in a troubled world.
The story of Job is one of unjust things happening to a good man. Yet after losing everything, Job—though confused, angry, and questioning God—refuses to reject his faith, although he challenges some central aspects of it. Rabbi Harold S. Kushner examines the questions raised by Job’s experience, questions that have challenged wisdom seekers and worshippers for centuries. What kind of God permits such bad things to happen to good people? Why does God test loyal followers? Can a truly good God be all-powerful?
Rooted in the text, the critical tradition that surrounds it, and the author’s own profoundly moral thinking, Kushner’s study gives us the book of Job as a touchstone for our time. Taking lessons from historical and personal tragedy, Kushner teaches us about what can and cannot be controlled, about the power of faith when all seems dark, and about our ability to find God.
Rigorous and insightful yet deeply affecting, The Book of Job is balm for a distressed age—and Rabbi Kushner’s most important book since When Bad Things Happen to Good People.

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About Harold S. Kushner

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Harold S. Kushner is rabbi laureate of Temple Israel in the Boston suburb of Natick, Massachusetts. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he is the author of more than a dozen books on coping with life's challenges, including, most recently, the best-selling Conquering Fear and Overcoming Life's Disappointments.
Published October 2, 2012 by Schocken. 226 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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nature, too, follows its own laws fixed by God.

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When selecting an author for this 21st book in the Jewish Encounters series, editor Jonathan Rosen had a clear choice.

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Ehrman shows that contrary to most people's understanding, the various books of the Bible offer what he sees as a host of different even conflicting answers to the question "Why do so many good people suffer and bad people prosper?"

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The Biblical Book of Job is vividly brought to life in the Full Cast Audio's production of this memorable book.

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Dr. Israel Drazin is a noted Bible scholar, the author of twenty books - including volumes on Bible commentary and philosophy - a retired United States Army Brigadier General, a Ph.D., a Rabbi, and a lawyer.

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