I was listening to an audiobook by Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” about the book of Job and I learned some strange Bible “facts.”
1. There are two books of Job. The first book is the Fable of Job which is found in Job chapters 1,2,42. It’s simply a parable to teach us about suffering. The second book of Job is the poetry section that constitutes the remainder of the book.
2. When James referenced Job in James 5:11, he was referring to the fable. He claimed that James was dated near the end of the first century and wasn’t considered part of the canon then.
3. Since Abraham and Sarah were so old when Isaac was born, Isaac was a special needs child. Therefore, he is the only person in Scripture who had to have his parents arrange his marriage for him because of his diminished mental abilities.
If only everyone believed in the power of inspiration.
Needless to say, I’m no longer listening to this book. I figured a Christian-themed Western was much more entertaining and less maddening.