The “Jesus asleep in the boat during a terrible storm” story has always seemed unfair to me. I feel for the disciples when they wake him; they are understandably angry that he doesn’t seem to care that they are about to die. I’d be just as angry at Jesus for appearing so calm in the midst of real danger.
The disciples are uncomfortable that Jesus is not acting according to the category of “concerned friend,” much less “messiah”—so they kind of yell at him. And when it comes down to it, who hasn’t yelled at God during the storms of life?
The book of Job is one of the most beautiful and perplexing books of the Bible. G. K. Chesterton said, “The Iliad is great because all of life is a battle; the Odyssey is great because all of life is a journey; the Book of Job is great because all of life is a riddle.” Thomas Carlyle wrote, “A Noble Book; all men’s Book!
Job (Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary)
Samuel L. Balentine
Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life
Jon D. Levenson
Mandate to Difference: An Invitation to the Contemporary Church
The Natural History of the Bible: An Environmental Exploration of the Hebrew Scriptures
Sex in the Bible: A New Consideration
J. Harold Ellens
Psalms, Vol.1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms)
Encountering Ancient Voices: A Guide to Reading the Old Testament
Corrine L. Carvalho
Engaging the Bible in a Gendered World: An Introduction to Feminist Biblical Interpretation in Honor of Katherine Doob Sakenfeld