In the Library – Adult Formation at 9am during Lent.
The Book of Job: Reading Schedule for Class Discussion
March 10th Job 1—2
March 17th Job 3—27 (discussion will focus on Job 3—14)
March 24th Job 28—37 (discussion will focus on Job 32—37)
March 31st Job 38–42
Outline of the Book of Job
1. IntroductionJob 1—2
2. Dialogue: first exchangeJob 3—14
3. Dialogue: second exchangeJob 15—21
4. Dialogue: third exchangeJob 22—27
5. Job’s final argumentJob 28—31
6. Elihu’s perspectiveJob 32—37
7. God’s perspectiveJob 38—41
8. ConclusionJob 42
Questions to think about when reading the Book of Job
Chapters 1 to 2
1. What is Job’s response to his children’s activities? What does this reveal about his character?
2. What does the LORD say about Job?
3. Is there any progression in Job’s response as the misfortunes occur?
Chapters 3 to 14
1. What do Job’s three friends urge him to do?
2. What was revealed to Eliphaz in his night vision?
3. What does Job seem to fear at 6.10?
4. What images does Job apply to his friends in chapter 6?
5. What new interest does Job introduce in chapter 9?
6. What two specific requests does Job make to God in chapter 13?
Chapters 15 to 21
1. Contrast the life of the wicked as portrayed by Job and as portrayed by the three friends.
2. In chapter 19 how does Job portray God? What do these images suggest about Job’s view of God?
Chapters 22 to 27
1. What suggests that Eliphaz is getting desperate in his argument with Job?
2. How does Job speak about God in chapters 23 & 24?
3. What do Job’s words in chapter 27 reveal about his feelings towards God?
Chapters 28 to 31
1. Contrast the actions of God with the actions of humanity in chapter 28.
2. How does Job defend his argument that God has treated him with cruelty?
3. Compare Job’s word in his final plea in 31.35-37 with his words in 1.21
Chapters 32 to 37
1. Elihu is a new figure in the story. How does Elihu differ from Job’s three friends?
2. What are Elihu’s concerns about Job?
Chapters 38 to 41
1. How does God’s first speech correct Job’s mistaken view of the divine purpose?
2. What perspective of divine retribution for sin is provided by God’s second speech?
1. Do you see any difference in Job’s outlook on life at the end of the story?
This material is adapted from the work of Fr Timothy Schehr