Suffolk Theology Forum

Exploring Christian theological issues in an open, non-partisan way

Thursday 8th November 2018 at 7:30 PM

Refreshments available from 7:00 PM

Dr Katharine Dell

Reader in OT Literature & Theology, Cambridge

will speak on

"Does God behave ethically in the book of Job?" 

Dr Katharine Julia Dell, MA (Oxon); D Phil (Oxon); PhD (Cantab)

"The book of Job raises in a particularly acute way the problem of 'acceptable behaviour' in relation to God - not just the behaviour of human beings towards God but also the behaviour of God towards us! The prologue of Job, with its famous wager between God and Satan does not exonerate God for inflicting trouble upon the blameless Job and the speeches of God present a delicate balance between God's power, His justice and His ultimate freedom.  Where does that leave Job - does he gain the moral high ground in the end or did he overstep the mark in questioning God's behaviour in the first place?"

 Katharine is Director of Studies in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion at St Catharine's.  Her research interest is the wisdom literature of the Old Testament and she has written four books on Job a

and two on Proverbs as well as an introduction for students entitled Get Wisdom, Get Insight!  Her most recent book is ‘Who needs the OT:  Its enduring appeal and why the New Atheists don't get it.’  This is both an introduction to the Old Testament but also a reposte to the New Atheist downgrading of both religion and scripture.


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