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Suffering As a Way to Knowing God: On the Interpretation of the Book of Job
Mackerle Adam
The present study is focused on the book of Job as a whole. It is concerned with the reasoning of all the actors of the drama and with the way, how they perceive the main problems of the book: the suffering, Godís justice, the sense of the whole creation and of the human life in it. The article points out the complexity of the reasoning both of Job and of his friends and its nuances. At the same time, it helps to understand the Godís answer to Job. All three worldviews, present in the text (i.e. Jobís, his friendsí and Godís) are complex ways, how to perceive and understand the world and the human life. Both ďhumanĒ positions, that of Job and that of his friends, are sustained by a lot of valid arguments and the today reader knows them both and well. In the final Godís speech, the author does not offer any unambiguous rational answer to the presence if injustice and suffering in the world. On the contrary, he exhorts Job to abandon both his self-centered and the rational speculations of his friends and to accept a new, wide opened and humble attitude to the world and to himself.

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