I was doing some studying today for my Master’s degree (in Hermeneutics), and came across an article that talked about how the book of Job deconstructs itself. That is, the message it seems to espouse is undermined by the book itself.
I’ve always thought the book of Job was a bit of a large, sprawling, confusing beast. We like to take a few bits of it and sprinkle them into worship songs ("Though he slay me, yet I will hope in him…" – "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away: blessed be the name of the Lord") but what do you think is the message of the book of Job? What is its point? Are we supposed to emulate Job when we suffer? Does it explain the reason for suffering or just how to suffer? Or is all of this irrelevant and it’s just a story about one guy?
We could look at it as simply a curious story about an ancient rich guy, but since we view it as "Scripture" it seems like it ought to speak something to us today. What do you think that "something" is? How have you looked at the book in the past? What benefit have you gotten from reading it? What questions do you have about it?