Contribution of the Speeches of Elihu to the Argument about Suffering in the Book of Job.

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This study contends that Elihu and his speeches are an original part of the text of the Book of Job and do play a significant interpretive, explanatory and theological role.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Roy B. Zuck, PhD
1. Introduction
The Purpose of the Book of Job
The Authenticity of the Elihu Speeches
Opponents of Elihu’s Authenticity
Advocates of Elihu’s Authenticity
Conclusions and Assumption
The State of Current Literature and the Need and Relevance of This Study
The Procedure and Methodology of This Study
2. The Framework for Elihu’s View of Suffering
The Complexity of the Problem of Suffering
The Problem of Undeserved Suffering Described
The Problem of Undeserved Suffering Defined
The Genuineness of Undeserved Suffering as an Issue in the Book of Job Demonstrated
The Labyrinth of Explanations for the Problem of Undeserved Suffering Documented
The Problem of the Paradox of Moral Order and Human Tradition Versus Divine Justice
The Problem Described
The Concepts of Retribution and Compensation
Theology Defined and Contrasted
Job’s Dilemma: A Summary
3. Outline and Examination of the Person Elihu
The Context of Elihu Speeches
An Outline of Job 32-37
The Person of Elihu
4. Analysis of the Elihu Speeches and his View of Suffering - Part One
I. Elihu’s first speech (Job 32): God’s wisdom is not limited by human assumption—a defense of Elihu’s intrusion
II. Elihu’s second speech (Job 33): God is not silent— a defense of God’s goodness
III. Elihu’s third speech (Job 34): God is not unjust— a defense of God’s justice
5. Analysis of the Elihu Speeches and His View on Suffering - Part Two
IV. Elihu’s fourth speech (Job 35): God is not uncaring— a defense of God’s silence
V. Elihu’s fifth speech (Job 36–37): God’s use of His power is just and righteous—preparation for the theophany
VI. Summary of Elihu’s View of Suffering in Chapters
6. Elihu’s View of Suffering Compared and Contrasted
Ancient Near Eastern View
Satan’s View
Eliphaz’s View
Bildad’s View
Zophar’s View
Job’s View
God’s View
Summary and Observations
Summary Chart Comparing and Contrasting All Views
7. Elihu’s View of Suffering Relating to the Theology of God, Man, and Retribution
Elihu’s View of Suffering Relative to the Theology of God
Elihu’s View of Suffering Relative to the Theology of Man
Elihu’s View of Suffering Relative to Retribution Theology
Summary of Chapters and Principles Relating to Suffering

Significant Findings – Elihu’s Methology Elihu’s Role in Relation to Job
Elihu’s Role in Relation to the Three Friends
Elihu’s Role in Relation to God
Elihu’s Role in Relation to Suffering
Concluding Remarks
General Index
Scripture Index

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