The first step in my approach is to be tried tonight and is roughly sketched here. If we continue with further sessions, I think this is how I might approach the whole epic.
- Read the frame story.
- Read and compare chapter 3 and chapters 38-41.
- Develop a portrayal of each of the human characters in the poem: Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, Elihu
- What meaning emerges: what relationships to the rest of the Bible (Deuteronomy 28 - direct, the NT rare).
- What additional threads would one develop (e.g. like the thread on reproof/reason/referee).
- Does Job intimate a necessary character of God?
- How do we read Job's prayers/confession and distinguish them from the words of the religious?
- Is chapter 28 reflecting the Narrator's view?
- Elihu as a lead up to the speeches of YHWH.