Job 38-42 (Word Biblical Commentary)
Clines, David J. A.
The conclusion to Dr. David Clines’ monumental study of the Book of Job.
Volume 18B is devoted entirely to the response of the Lord from the tempest to Job, together with the replies of Job (Job 38–42), presenting the Lord's own explanation of his manifold purposes in creation and bringing to an unexpected conclusion Job's dramatic quest for justice.
Difficult portions of the Hebrew text are thoroughly handled, but the commentary is written for the non-technical reader and scholar alike. Clines uncovers the driving force of the argument and the drama of the book. The Explanation sections at the end of each chapter brilliantly summarize the views of the speakers and offer thoughtful reflections on their theological value.
The volume concludes with a unique 250-page bibliography of virtually everything that has been written about the Book of Job, including its influence on art, music and literature.
- Complete new translation and verse by verse commentary on the Book of Job, in constant dialogue with other commentators
- Extensive scholarly notes on the Hebrew text of the book and its many obscure terms
- Unparalleled bibliography gives sweeping coverage of all aspects of the Book of Job from scholarly books to art, literature, and music
Published November 2011
About the Author
David J. A. Clines is from Australia, but has spent all his scholarly career in Sheffield, England. He is a prolific author of books on Hebrew Bible, including The Theme of the Pentateuch, What Does Eve Do to Help?, The Esther Scroll: The Story of the Story, and Interested Parties: The Ideology of Writers and Readers of the Hebrew Bible. Apart from his Job commentary, he is best known for his editorship of the Dictionary of Classical Hebrew (6 vols. to date). He was President of the Society for Old Testament Study in 1995, and is President of the Society of Biblical Literature in 2009.