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Job and Jonah

INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE

JOB and Jonah were faithful believers of God who faced serious challenges when they let their own way of thinking interfere with God's will.

Job was an extremely rich man who lived east of the Jordan River. Job had seven sons and three daughters. He had thousands of cattle and was very prosperous. But Job's wealth isn't what makes him important. What he thought about God and the experiences that led him to know God better—these are the things that matter most about Job. For example, Job "feared" God. This means that he respected and loved God very deeply. As a result, Job tried hard to stay away from anything that was evil. Job, as well as all his friends and neighbors, believed that if people were good, they would be prosperous and have good things in life. They also believed that if bad things happened to people, they must have done something wicked.

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