How do we understand the Easter promise when all creation still groans in pain? Where is God when humans suffer? How are we to live in the real world, with all of its gifts and burdens? The Old Testament offers many perspectives on these difficult questions of human existence. In this course we will sit with Job on the ash heap to consider a range of faithful responses to human suffering and witnesses to God’s redemptive power in times of travail.
Anne Stewart serves as executive Vice President at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she is also the program director for Iron Sharpening Iron, the Seminary’s executive leadership development program for women clergy. She holds an M.Div. degree from Princeton Seminary and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Emory University. She is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the author of Poetic Ethics in Proverbs: Wisdom Literature and the Shaping of the Moral Self, winner of the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise.
April 24: Job and His Friends: Voices of Dissent in the Old Testament
The book of Job is a fascinating and complex dialogue of many responses to human suffering and faithful witnesses trying to make sense of God’s activity in the world. This class will include an introduction to the major questions in the book of Job and engagement with the voices within it, as well as how they might instruct us in the contemporary life of faith today.
May 1: From the Whirlwind: Meeting God in the Midst of Suffering
Job seeks a meeting with his Maker and has a profound encounter with God. This class will consider the role of God in the book of Job and in the contemporary world, including how the book of Job has been useful to people of faith throughout history in times of significant turmoil.