Job - the problem of suffering
Questions about suffering are as old as Man himself. Why do the innocent suffer? Where is God in all of this? How should we react to the suffering in ourselves and in others? These are some of the questions that asked and answered in the book of Job. This book is possibly the oldest book in the Bible and therefore the oldest in the world.
It is a literary masterpiece and although it is not a scientific text, it provides accurate information on various subjects including cosmology, meteorology and palaeontology. There is little information given about the historical or geographical setting of the book nor about Job himself ... that is perhaps because the author wants us to focus on the main question raised: the problem of suffering...
For a useful visual summary of the book of Job see: