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Many value Job as an exemplary model of humble faith who endures immense personal suffering as a test. Recent trauma studies, in biblical scholarship of scriptures composed during the Babylonian Period (587-515 BCE), suggest another dimension to this book. It is in this context that we will examine YHWH’s speech, from the “whirlwind” and other parts of the book, as supporting collective post- traumatic recovery when the first waves of exiles returned to their homeland from Babylon.
John Lafferty is a social worker and independent Biblical scholar. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies, an M.A. in drama, and an M.S.W. He began his study of the Book of Job in the context of trauma as a graduate student at the Ecumenical Institute in Baltimore.