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Lesson

There is a chiastic structure to the book of Job that begins with the prologue and ends with the epilogue. In a chiasm, the middle portion is a convenient hinge of the book, it is not necessarily the most important piece of textual material. The main question the book is asking is, where do you find wisdom? The answer is, wisdom is found in the LORD. Proverbs is monological wisdom, whereas Job is dialogical wisdom. People are debating back and forth throughout the book about the nature of wisdom.

Outline

Poetry and Wisdom:  Job

 

I.  Structure of Job

 

II.  Summarized Outline

A.  Job - Chapter 3

B.  Cycle One - Chapter 4-14

1.  Eliphaz - Chapter 4-5

2.  Job - Chapter 6-7

3.  Bildad - Chapter 8

4.  Job - Chapter 9-10

5.  Zophar - Chapter 11

6.  Job - Chapter 12-14

C.  Cycle Two - Chapter 15-21

1.  Eliphaz - Chapter 15

2.  Job - Chapter 16-17

3.  Bildad - Chapter 18

4.  Job - Chapter 19

5.  Zophar - Chapter 20

6.  Job - Chapter 21

D.  Cycle Three - Chapter 22-27

1.  Eliphaz - Chapter 22

2.  Job - Chapter 23-24

3.  Bildad - Chapter 25

4.  Job - Chapter 26-27

E.  Wisdom Interlude - Chapter 28

F.  Monologues

1.  Job - Chapter 29-31

2.  Elihu - Chapter 32-37

3.  Yahweh - Chapter 38-41

G.  Job - Chapter 42

 

III.  Epilogue