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The problem of pain is probably the central theological and philosophical question of our day. How can an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God allow so much pain in this world? Does he allow pain as a consequence of our free will? Does he send calamity?
These questions are addressed throughout Scripture, but nowhere more clearly than in the book of Job. Job’s three friends assert the common, false teaching that all pain is the result of sin. Rather, the book of Job teaches us first and foremost that God is free to do all that he chooses. Thankfully, we also know that God will only do that which is in conformity to his character.
The actual answer the book of Job gives us to the problem of pain is God himself. He is the answer, and that must be enough for us, and it is.
Because this is such a central issue today, we are excited that Dr. Duane Garrett has agreed to record his class on the book of Job. Dr. Garrett is the John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His books include Song of Songs in the Word Biblical Commentary, A Modern Grammar for Classical Hebrew, Angels and the New Spirituality, Authority and Interpretation, and Hosea and Joel in the New American Commentary. He also serves as the general editor for The Archaeology Study Bible from Zondervan.
Due to a generous matching gift, all of your donations will be doubled. The total cost of the class will be $27,000, so we need to raise $13,500. As has become our custom, those who give $100 or more will receive the videos of the class on a flash drive (United States only).
This is an important class at an important time in history. Please help us make it a reality as we continue to provide a world-class education to the church around the world.