I think the Book of Job portrays the evils of this world as having the purpose of "showing" we are the persons we could be and should be not "making" us the persons we could be and should be. A subtle but important difference.
1. You write: "Job is not pissed at God..."
A lot depends on how you define "pissed".
(a) Job does say "It is all one; therefore I say he destroyes both the blameless and the wicked." (Job 9:22-23)
(b) Job describes God as the Lord of the Underworld for creating this Hell on...
To demonstrate to all who have eyes to see and ears to hear that human beings can have a completely selfless love by man for God consistent with their moral integrity. It is important that human beings challenge God but not prematurely condemn God.
I think "sadism" is an inappropriate description of God in the first two chapters.
(a) God's intention is clearly that Job pass not fail the test. In terms of ancient lawsuits, Job is God's champion.
(b) The test, while brutal, is not without a purpose. It is not the...
Harold e. rice:
1. I'd concur that the Book of Job is fiction. My reasons are two-fold:
(a) First, the Hebrew text begins with the word for man ish, a man there was. This is an important change in the normal Hebrew word order of verb-subject-object. Alden, R.L., The New American...