In all my years around people of the Bible, I never heard this perspective about the Book of Job. Have you ever heard your pastor or anyone you know talk about the Book of Job in the terms of Poetry or as one of the greatest works of literature ever? In all the Bible Studies, of all the people I know, Job is mentioned the least in detail. In fact, most people, even those who are not Bible thumpers or gathers, seem to know the about the book of Job. Not much details, but they know of Job being righteous, God and Satan having the conversation and Job being the consequences of that conversation. Then or course, the good part, all of his wealth and health and family being restored.
Knowing this now, gives me greater understanding of how to read Job and how to interpret not just the chapters, but the sentences. Do you notice, in Job and other Poetry books in the Bible, verses interrupt the sentences? Read what these professionals have to say about Job, leave me a comment if it inspires you to maybe go back and read some of Job again with this new perspective.
Job is not only the direct word of God but also a great literary masterpiece. Poet Alfred Tennyson called Job, “the greatest poem of ancient or modern times.” British author Thomas Carlyle viewed it as, “… one of the grandest things ever written with a pen … such free flowing outlines, grand in its sincerity, in its implicitly, in its epic melody, and response of reconcilement. “From <http://www.christianitytoday.com/biblestudies/j/job-god-is-in-charge-9-week-study.html> And . . .
Paul Weiss has commented: “The Book of Job is surely one of the very great works of literature of the world. It touches the core of existence; it probes to the root of the problems of good and evil, the destiny of man, the meaning of friendship, the wisdom and goodness of God, and the justification of suffering.”From <https://www.enotes.com/topics/book-job>
Another Website states: Notice, it even recognizes that most people don’t look at the book of Job as poetry.
The Book of Job has long been praised as a masterpiece of literature.
Consider these quotes:
“Tomorrow, if all literature was to be destroyed and it was left to
me to retain one work only, I should save Job.” (Victor Hugo)
“…the greatest poem, whether of ancient or modern literature.”
“The Book of Job taken as a mere work of literary genius, is one of
the most wonderful productions of any age or of any language.”
What is it about the book that prompts such praise? Most Christians I
know don’t feel that way about the Book of Job.
Another website again says:
The Book of Job, book of Hebrew scripture that is often counted among the masterpieces of world literature.
The Books of Wisdom and Poetry, Job through Song of Songs, make up the section of the Christian Bible that follows the Pentateuch and the Historical Books. From <http://bibleresources.americanbible.org/resource/books-of-wisdom-and-poetry>