Providence in the Book of Job
Of all the inventions of man's imagination, none transcends his primal belief in the existence of invisible forces which shape a person's destiny often in ways that make a mockery of his own efforts to do so. And of all these arcane powers, none is more enigmatic than the Divine Providence which underlies the belief in ethical monotheism. Just why does God allow bad things to happen to good or innocent people? The traditional Jewish context for such investigations was biblical exegesis, in particular the interpretation and elucidation of the Book of Job. Over twenty medieval Hebrew commentaries on the Book of Job have survived to the present day, and it is the ideas concerning Providence expressed in these works that form the central core of this study. The final chapter brings the issue closer to our own times through discussion of the Scientific Revolution and the search for God's Mind - moving away from the sphere of theological speculation to that of mathematical physics. The book also provides Hebrew setting of key words and phrases in the Job story.
Publication Date: 5/1/2005