Book of Job

26 Aug

My eccentric following of the US Book of Common Prayer Lectionary has moved on from the mixed blessings of Judges to one of those books everyone should read at some time in their lives: The Book of Job. There are many wonderful translations: J R R Tolkien had a hand in the Jerusalem Bible version, but I am reading mainly in the odd but powerful mid 20th century Catholic version of Ronald Knox, a truly inspiring work of English, especially in this book which reads like something out of the Arabian Nights. It is I am sure a work of fiction, but none the worse for that. It stands beside King Lear and Oedipus Rex as literature and has famously inspired many, such as William Blake. I will share some snippets of the Knox version later.

I found the following art work on Jasongraphix. (His Principles of Beautiful Web Design would appear to be well worth looking into; he certainly practises what he preaches.)


Looking for decent essays on Job led me to another site of interest: Richard Garlikov where you will find articles on education, literature and philosophy. You will note the modest title of “A Significance of the Bible’s Book of Job”. It is quite good.

Read Job some time. It’s well worth it.

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One response to “Book of Job

  1. Wonders for Oyarsa

    October 4, 2007 at 11:27 am

    If you will permit me an act of shameless blog advertising, I just finished being interviewed on a podcast by an atheist on the book of Job here. It was a fantastic conversation on an amazing piece of scripture.

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