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The Most Misunderstood Woman in the Bible | Kyria

I was pleasantly surprised to find that an article I wrote for the Kyria online magazine (Christianity Today) was among it's most popular articles. This was one I enjoyed writing, a sort of contrarian take on the typical depiction of Job's wife: Her name was never revealed and yet she may be the most infamous woman in the Bible. Augustine labeled her "the devils accomplice." Calvin called her "a diabolical fury."And the contemporary understanding of Jobs wife hasnt improved on Calvin or Augustine. Its difficult to find a book or sermon treatment of the life of Job that doesnt include the usual condemnations toward his wife. It has become a standard joke to pity Job, as if his wife was yet another cross God called this man to bear.If the Proverbs 31 woman represents a model of Christian virtue, the wife of Job occupies the role of least desirable, sharing space...

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Does Job’s wife get a bad rap?

One of my Sunday afternoon luxuries is to relax while the children are taking a nap. I typically watch a DVR’d message by Dr. David Jeremiah. Dr. Jeremiah has become one of my favorite preachers. I really learn a lot from his exposition of the Word.

On TV, Dr. Jeremiah is going through a study of the book of Job. Job is one of the richest books in the entire Scriptures, full of powerful and faith-building theology. This message centered on the lessons we learn from trials. But as I was listening to the message, a thought occurred to me about Job’s wife.

I had studied, read about, and even written and preached on Job before, but had never had this thought.

What was it like to have been Job’s wife? And do we give her a harder time than is necessary?