Lenten reflection: Book of Job

As I mentioned a couple of Sundays ago this upcoming Lent I will be going through the Book of Job. I’ve decided to put these reflections up on Tuesdays until they are over as I am not sure how long it will take to get through the book.  So instead of doing the sorrowful mysteries and then something else for those other weeks after the mysteries are done. We will be exploring the Book of Job, since he is considered by the Eastern Orthodox to be the Old Testament icon of Christ.

The Book of Job is one of the books of the Ketuvim or  one of the Wisdom book in the Old Testament. It is poetic in nature and some consider it to be an early example of drama. The book asks the big question why do bad things happen to good people. The story of Job has inspired countless other ranging from Ralph Vaughn William’s Masque for Dancing, the musical The Fiddler on the Roof,  The Brothers Karamazov and even the Coen brothers’ film A Serious Man. It has made a huge impact on Western Culture. Even the great Lord Tennyson has said that it is the greatest poem of all times (ancient or modern).

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