GPR 025: Job Week 5 More Bad Theology From Job’s Friends
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WEEK FIVE

Reading- Job Chapters 4-37

Selected Readings- 4:1-8; 5:1-2; 6:8-10; 7:1-11; 8:1-7; 10:1-7; 11:1-6;
12:1-3; 13:1-21; 18:1-4; 21:1-3; 22:1-11; 28:12-28; 29:1-25; 32:1-6;
33:8-12; 34:1-12; 36:24-33; 37:14-24

Questions to ponder:
1. What was Eliphaz’s rationality for speaking after observing seven
days of mournful silence ()?
2. What was Eliphaz’s errant theology concerning God’s involvement
with pain and suffering ()?
3. Is he right (; )?
4. What is ultimately Job’s errant theology concerning God’s
involvement with pain and suffering ()?
5. In reality, is Job’s understanding of God’s role in pain and suffering
any different than his friends?
6. What is Bildad’s errant theology of pain and suffering ()?
7. What existential question does every single person on the planet ask
at some point in their life when they are faced with tragic
circumstances ()?
8. Was every single word that came out of the mouths of Job’s friends
ultimately incorrect (b)?
9. Is it possible to be theologically correct but apply it to the wrong
circumstances?
10. What were the two things Job begged God not to ultimately do to
him ()?
11. Despite the fact that Job correctly concluded that all of this
calamity was not punishment for a specific sin (c), was Job
trying to claim that he was sinless throughout his entire life ()?
12. Compare the descriptions of Job found early in the book (; ; ) with Eliphaz’s description in . What
could account for Eliphaz’s accusations against Job?
13. Job longs for the good old days in . What do these fond
recollections lead us to conclude about Job’s errant theology
concerning God’s role in pain and suffering?
14. What was Elihu’s errant theology concerning God’s involvement
with pain and suffering ()?
15. Are you seeing a trend among every person in this story? What is
that trend?
16. What one huge mistake was present in the errant theology of pain
and suffering shared by Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, Elihu and even Job
himself?

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