The Book of Job: Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

The global affliction caused by the coronavirus is, as some would say, of Biblical proportions. Does something so natural, but so consequential carry any moral meaning for us?

That question directed me back to the Book of Job, one of the wisdom books of the Judeo-Christian Old Testament.

The story of Job and his God was, to me, always somehow out of sync with the rest of that scripture, but, even so, it gave one grounds to ponder.

With the help of some friends, I have reflected some on how to benefit intellectually and perhaps spiritually from this old text. My own take on the story – and how it ends – can be found here.

I welcome your thoughts on this small essay.