Religion: The Patience of J.B.

For a work so celebrated and so concise, the Book of Job seems to be much misunderstood by men in both pew and pulpit. Some think of Job as the paragon of patience; to others, Job appears so impatient that he dares impiety in his insistence that God explain himself. Many Bible scholars see the Book of Job as an attempt to justify God's ways to men; but to another school of thought, the book's enormous thesis means simply that no justification is possible—only revelation, before which the man who cries for justice and understanding must "lay his hand upon his...

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