The Book of Job: A Biography

Mark Lar­ri­more
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By – June 25, 2014

Part of a series called Lives of Great Reli­gious Books, in The Book of Job: A Biog­ra­phy the author ana­lyzes a bib­li­cal book which takes on the prob­lem of the ubiq­ui­ty of suf­fer­ing in the world. Cer­tain­ly in our post-Holo­caust era, when blood­shed seems almost tak­en for grant­ed, this book sur­veys the cen­tral­i­ty of a myth­i­cal but yet very real man and his friends who try to com­fort him. Lar­ri­more, direc­tor of the reli­gious stud­ies pro­gram at the New School for Lib­er­al Arts, care­ful­ly culls the rel­e­vant lit­er­a­ture surround­ing this involved and stir­ring bib­li­cal text. His new book should find a place on the shelves of col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties and sem­i­nar­ies teach­ing Old Tes­ta­ment/​Tanach.

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Mor­ton Merowitz holds degrees from Yeshi­va Uni­ver­si­ty, the Drop­sie Col­lege for Hebrew and Cog­nate Learn­ing, and the State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York at Buf­fa­lo. He was involved in Jew­ish edu­ca­tion for some ten years and cur­rent­ly reviews non-fic­tion lit­er­a­ture which may be of inter­est and rel­e­vance to stu­dents and teach­ers of Jew­ish studies.

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