The Scripture reading plan I'm using turns to the Book of Job today, and I've decided to stick with that program.
Job is actually one of my favourite books in the Bible - it has a good storyline with a happy ending, and it wrestles with meaty issues such as why God permits the innocent to suffer and how we should deal with our own suffering.
Job, you will recall, was a wealthy man whom God allowed the devil to test. He loses his family, possessions and health. And his friends come along to lecture him about his sinfulness in his misery. In the end though, Job is vindicated (got to love the scenes where his so-called friends are put in their place), though many of the questions Job asks God remain essentially unanswered.
Job is probably the most commented on and influential books of the Old Testament aside from Psalms, with perhaps the most famous commentary being by St Gregory the Great. And the book is filled with beautiful lines, including on the resurrection of the dead, many of which are used as readings in the Office for the Dead.
In terms of structure, the first two chapters are essentially a Prologue, which is followed by speeches by the various key players including laments by Job. God explains things (to an extent!) in chapters 38-42.
The reading plan allocates twelve days to it....