Item description for Job (Daily Study Bible-Old Testament) by John C. L. Gibson...
Overview Job is one of the most exciting and challenging books of the Bible. In this commentary, John C.L. Gibson helps contemporary readers explore the timeless story of the afflicted Job and its meaning for today.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.81" Weight: 1.33 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1985
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
Series Daily Study Bible
ISBN 0664218156 ISBN13 9780664218157
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More About John C. L. Gibson
THE Reverend Professor John Clark Love Gibson was a scholar minister of humor and passion. He spent most of his working life in the University of Edinburgh; but the wellbeing of the Scottish Kirk and nation, and proper education for its ministers, had a high claim on his attention. He deplored the removal of compulsory Hebrew and Greek from the theological curriculum.
A son of the manse, he was born in Coatbridge, where his father, Herbert B Gibson, was minister of Whifflet (1925-67). Schooled in Coatbridge, he went on to Glasgow University, where he graduated MA with a 1st in Semitic languages (1953), then BD with distinction (1956). He married Nancy, whom he had met while he was a student assistant minister at Bellshill, before moving in 1956 to Magdalen College, Oxford.
John and Nancy would have four sons and a daughter, and all survive him. In Oxford, he researched with the noted Hebraist Sir Godfrey Driver and graduated Dr.Phil in 1959.
Ordained and inducted by the presbytery of Aberdeen, he spent three years as minister of New Machar before being appointed lecturer in Hebrew and Semitic languages at New College on the Mound in Edinburgh.
He remained in the University of Edinburgh from 1962 until his retirement in 1994, promoted reader (1973) and then professor (1987).
In Edinburgh, he took the opportunity of postgraduate study in general linguistics, and was soon recognised as a leading scholar of the nature and early history of Hebrew language – one who was also at home in Arabic, as well as the ancient Semitic languages of Akkadian and Ugaritic.
His publications were fresh, varied, and considerable – and in almost each writing venture he was to imprint his own mark on a project he had inherited from a predecessor. George A Cooke, a former fellow of Magdalen, had published in 1903 a Textbook of North-Semitic Inscriptions, dedicating it to his teacher SR Driver (Sir Godfrey's father).
The Oxford University Press entrusted Gibson with preparing a replacement, which he achieved in three volumes (1971, 1975, and 1982). In 1978, he brought out what was called "a complete revision" of his mentor Godfrey Driver's Canaanite Myths and Legends (1956). This was essentially a fresh study of these 2nd millennium BCE texts from ancient Ugarit on the northern coast of Syria, whose discovery has so illumined the eastern Mediterranean world which cradled both the Hebrew Bible and classical Greece.
He was then asked by the publisher of William Barclay's Daily Study Bible to prepare a complement to Barclay's enormously successful coverage of the New Testament. Recruiting a dozen other scholars to write one or more volumes, and himself contributing two volumes on Genesis (1981-2) and one on Job (1983), he edited all 22 volumes, and kept the whole venture to time.
In the 1990s he returned to his earlier work on the Hebrew language and published in 1994 a 4th edition of the classic Hebrew Syntax by AB Davidson of New College – again essentially a fresh study of his own (Davidson's 3rd had appeared in 1901).
In that same year of his retirement, he served as president of the Society of Old Testament Study. Overlapping the society's summer meeting in Edinburgh, a conference on Ugaritic studies was held; and the papers delivered on that occasion were published as a volume in his honour: Ugarit, Religion and Culture (1996). His first volume completely independent of great predecessors came only after his retirement. Language and Imagery in the Old Testament (1998) was dedicated to his students in New College, and represented a distillation of his efforts over more than 30 years to communicate to the many who have little or no Hebrew just how the Hebrew Bible casts its spell.
In a "Retrospect and Prospect" to a collection edited by his colleague David F Wright on The Bible in Scottish Life and Literature (1988), he had lamented that neither the Reformation period nor any time since had produced a complete Bible in Scots. Accordingly, he determined that one of his retirement projects would be to commission and edit a Scots Old Testament to complement The New Testament in Scots by WL Lorimer (1983), and emulate his own success over the Daily Study Bible. But infirmity struck and did not retreat – and in any case translators with competence in Hebrew and Scots are few.
His latter years were spent in the care of Edinburgh's Astley Ainslie Hospital, where he died.
John Gibson was a much-loved lecturer, preacher and colleague – a stalwart of the annual staff-student golf fixture. One of his colleagues noted on his retirement how John had enjoyed "playing the role of a figure from the past with his three-piece suit, gold watch chain, and kaleidoscopic selection of hats", and added that his conversation included on the one hand his antipathy to "the iniquity of academic audit, quality assessment and all the other time-consuming apparatus of academic bureaucracy" and on the other his love for "the incomparable glories of the book of Job".
Words from his introduction to that book bring this appreciation to a close: "When we reach the end of this unique and scarifying and excoriating book, we will know that we have had an exceedingly uncomfortable and tempestuous ride. No book before or since has so remorselessly peeled away the layers of piety and hypocrisy, of self-pity and self-deceit, of meretricious grovelling and heaven-defying arrogance with which, down the ages, humankind has tried to cover over the truth about itself."
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GREAT at some parts, HORRIBLE at others Sep 24, 2002
This is a difficult review to write because of the wide range of emotion I experienced while reading John Gibson's commentary on "Job." It was like reading a book that was actually Dr. Jeckyl AND Mr. Hyde, switching between a feeling of great admiration for the author and becoming violently angry at him.
I'll begin with the good: Putting the conversations of Job and his three friends (who try to comfort him and do a terrible job) into perspective. I've read the Bible's "Job" a number of times and the poetry-style narration made my eyes glaze over as I read. I understood the meaning of the sentences, but didn't understand the raw emotions being displayed. Gibson points out that very emotion! He points out when Job is dancing on the brink of blasphomy--he yells at God asking, "so what if I've sinned against you? How does that harm you?" He taunts God and accuses Him of acting like a bully towards Job. But Job isn't the only person in this book that made me shake my head in disbelief. Job's three "friends" repeatedly try to convince a violently sick man on his deathbead (Job himself) that God's letting him have this horrible disease because Job is a rotten, no-good, dirty sinner. With friends like them, who needs enemies? Gibson does a fantastic job of pointing these exchanges out, giving me new respect for the Book of Job.
Now, to where I get angry with Gibson. Our differences are theological, the worst kind of difference. First, we disagree concerning when the story of Job actually took place. I say somewhere between the times of Noah and Jacob; Gibson says after the Israelites left Egypt. No big deal there. Where we seem to have our big differences is our trust in the Holy Scripture as God's infallable word. Gibson insults the beginning chapters of the book by calling the story of Job's downfall a "folk tale," implying that it was a silly, happy prologue to the meat of the story: the debates. He has a habit of pointing out the author's "mistakes" (the author is the Holy Spirit. He don't make mistakes) and even goes so far as to REMOVE chapters of the book (because they don't really belong in the Bible) and make them an appendix! The Holy Spirit doesn't need an editor!
I believe that the Holy Bible (the entire thing) is the inspired word of God; that the dot over every "i" and the cross of every "T" is supposed to be there. God would not let his message to us be corrupted, either by the addition of verses that "aren't supposed to be there" or by the removal of stuff that God wants us to read. God is more powerful than us. He'll keep out the stuff that's not supposed to be there and doesn't need Dr. Gibson to help him out. Furthermore, Dr. Gibson sets a serious precedent for theologians: when mere, sinful people start trying to decide on their own what parts of the Bible are Holy and what parts are not Holy, it reduces the Good Book to yet another "what's right for me isn't necesarilly right for you" idea. As for me, I'll let God decide and just view the entire book as Holy as it is--even the parts I don't like.
In sum, the parts that Dr. Gibson has respect for and treats seriously are excellent and emotion enducing. It's just too bad such a gifted commentator doesn't have respect for the entire book of Job.