Monday, February 15, 2010

30 Days of Recommendations: The Book of Job

The Book of Job

Translated by Stephen Mitchell

What’s it about: a modern translation of one of the most philosophically loaded books of the Old Testament, the Book of Job, from master translator Stephen Mitchell.

Why you should read it: because Job, with his inexplicable punishment from God, sounds even more modern in this translation as he tries to make sense of God and faith in a world of suffering.


"He [God] does not care; so I say
he murders both the pure and the wicked.
When the plague brings sudden death,
he laughs at the anguish of the innocent.
He hands the earth to the wicked
and blindfolds its judges’ eyes.
Who does it, if not he?”

Google Books version, here.