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Book Review: The Book of Job A Biography by Mark Larrimore

Job and the shift from "pre-modern" to "modern" ways of thinking

By Prospect Team   December 2013

As Mark Larrimore shows in this fluent study, the history of the Book of Job is also the history of biblical scholarship, of atheism, of the shift from “pre-modern” to “modern” ways of thinking. Since its earliest appearance, the story of Job has puzzled and challenged believers. Job is a virtuous man who God allows to suffer—his children are killed, his possessions and health destroyed—for apparently arbitrary reasons. Thus Job has long been a starting point for discussions of the “problem of evil”: the question of how a supposedly benevolent,…

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