When we read about “Gentiles” in Scripture, understand that word means “everyone who is not a Jew.” The Greeks did something similar within their ancient culture; there were Greeks and then there were Barbarians. I suppose many cultures have thought this way throughout history: Us and Everyone Else
I call Job a “faithful Gentile” because he is not named as a Jew in this ancient story – even though this is a famous book long established in the Jewish Scriptures. The tale may be set in the days even before Abraham, before the earliest beginnings of the Jewish people. So it’s interesting to have this glimpse into ancient pieties and spiritualities.
It’s a long book (42 chapters) but well worth your time to read it this week. The other readings are all shorter and lighter to make up for your concentrated effort in this fascinating novella of Job.
Living in The Story blog for Week 24