"The Book of Job is a great work of art not in spite of but because of its religious concern." Discuss."The Book of Job is a great work of art not in spite of but because of its religious concern."...

"The Book of Job is a great work of art not in spite of but because of its religious concern." Discuss.

"The Book of Job is a great work of art not in spite of but because of its religious concern." Discuss.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It seems to me that the question is worded in a manner that could cause some confusion.  The idea of "religious concern" is probably where I stumble the most.  Given the topic of the question, I take "religious concern" to mean doubt and questioning, or the depiction of the relationship between devotee and God to be a complex one.  I think that the greatness of the Book of Job is that it truly does open that door to one of the most fundamental questions that strikes at the heart of all being in the world:  Why do human beings suffer?  The issue of suffering is a critical element in the Book of Job.  The blueprint offered is that the relationship between God and devotee is an intricate one.  While there are tests that have to be endured, the relationship between God and humanity is a strong enough bond to be able to weather both these tests and the questions that accompany them.  The concept of suffering is presented as a part of this complexity and while one might dislike the forces of divinity that lay out these tests, if one keeps faith, the Book of Job assures us that God will not abandon individuals.  While the question of suffering is not entirely answered, it is addressed with how one must remain loyal to God, providing some guidance to a question that plagues all humans.  This might be where the question is seeking to open discussion, particularly in its discussion of "religious concern."  To be able to assess how the Book of Job reflects the relationship between God and mortal is where one must determine their own position on the topic.  I think that this is what is being asked.

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