The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person

Version: Unabridged
Author: Harold S. Kushner
Narrator: Harold S. Kushner
Genres: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: October 2012
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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From one of our most trusted spiritual advisers, a thoughtful, illuminating guide to that most fascinating of biblical texts, the book of Job, and what it can teach us about living in a troubled world.
The story of Job is one of unjust things happening to a good man. Yet after losing everything, Job--though confused, angry, and questioning God--refuses to reject his faith, although he challenges some central aspects of it. Rabbi Harold S. Kushner examines the questions raised by Job's experience, questions that have challenged wisdom seekers and worshippers for centuries. What kind of God permits such bad things to happen to good people? Why does God test loyal followers? Can a truly good God be all-powerful?
Rooted in the text, the critical tradition that surrounds it, and the author's own profoundly moral thinking, Kushner's study gives us the book of Job as a touchstone for our time. Taking lessons from historical and personal tragedy, Kushner teaches us about what can and cannot be controlled, about the power of faith when all seems dark, and about our ability to find God.
Rigorous and insightful yet deeply affecting, "The Book of Job" is balm for a distressed age--and Rabbi Kushner's most important book since "When Bad Things Happen to Good People."

Author Details

Author Details

Kushner, Harold S.

"Harold S. Kushner is rabbi laureate of Temple Israel in Natick, Mass., a congregation he served for 24 years. Kushner is best known as the author of ""When Bad Things Happen to Good People,"" an international bestseller published in 1981, translated into 12 languages and named one of the 10 most influential books in recent history by Book of the Month Club members. Kushner's latest book, ""How Good Do We Have to Be?"", is also a bestseller. Other recent books include, ""When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough,"" which won the Christopher Medal, ""When Children Ask About God,"" ""Who Needs God"" and ""To Life!"" -- honored by the National Jewish Book Council.

Rabbi Kushner graduated from Columbia University, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1960 and received his doctoral degree from the seminary in 1972. He has six honorary doctorates and has studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Harvard Divinity School. He has also taught at Clark University and the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary."