Oct 25, 2010

Pastoral Ministry and the Book of Job

“The Book of Job is recognized primarily for its valuable contribution to whatever answer there is to the universal question of why man must suffer. It is also recognized as a serious investigation into whether one's loyalty to God is dependent upon his being favored by God. Because of these primary contributions and even as a by-product of them, the book is also a biblical resource in pastoral care. It presents the dynamics of suffering and healing within the framework of the pastoral relationship. Unfortunately this pastoral resource has been largely overlooked because of the greater interest in the theological issues involved in Job's suffering.”

William E. Hulme, Dialogue in Despair: Pastoral Commentary on the Book of Job (Nashville: Abingdon, 1968), 9.

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