Job’s Wife: Villainess or Heroine?
Last week, our Bible study group got deep with Job’s wife, and we really wrestled with whether she was a villainess or a heroine. It is one of those questions theologians, Hebrew scholars, and Bible commentators have lined for up on both sides.
When I first taught the book of Job, I was squarely on one side of this question. But, over the years, learning Hebrew, reading a wider selection of scholarly works, my positioned has been changed, and I share all that research in this twenty minute talk.
Job’s Story, My Story!
As an aside, the week I was to prepare this multimedia presentation, I also experienced a string of unfortunate incidents. The recording of the talk has noise issues I had to dampen, my computer then had a sudden and catastrophic event–probably the hard drive, it is still in the shop. My files, which I had arranged to be protected in the cloud, have continued to be unavailable, with the cloud providers servers down. My husband and I both drove a significant distance, two days in a row, to receive the first of our COVID vaccinations and I had an adverse reaction.
None of these things compare with the ordeal Job and his wife endured. However, there are echoes there, for me, and each of the lessons I saw in their account are truths I found I needed to immediately apply to my own life of faith. All of a sudden, Job’s wife was becoming a personal friend.
May it be you gain as much as I did from her story!
I Blessings and Bitter Blows, Job 1
Earthly ordeals can have heavenly purposes
II Blaspheme and Berate? Job 2
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer (Romans 12:12)
III Beseech and Embolden? Job 2
Draw near to God and God will draw near to you (James 4:8)
IV Rebirth, Job 40-42
Mature faith is found in intimacy with God
Each video is designed to offer background scholarship on the topic, including setting, culture, original language, and archaeology, as well as a theological study. The “Broken, Searching, Trusted, Powerful” series is a companion to the book, available on Amazon, and published by Wipf and Stock.