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March 2018

"The 'Patience' of Job:
What Job Says About Individual Human Suffering"

Leader: Denise Dombkowski-Hopkins, M.A., Ph.D., Woodrow W. and Mildred B. Miller Professor of Biblical Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary

Even the unchurched in our culture understand the phrase: “the patience of Job.” Unfortunately, this saying about the virtue of silent suffering represents only a small slice of the book of Job. Job's story presents us with unsettling complexity, ambiguity, and contradictory views of innocent suffering. As readers, we are called to give up control and see our perspective on suffering and “truth” as one among many others.

  • March 4: The fairy tale bookends, Chapters 1-2 and 42:7-17
  • March 11: The angry poetry, Chapters 3-37
  • March 18: The “divine blowhard,” Chapters 38-41, Does Job “repent”? Job 42:1-6
  • March 25: David leading reflections on Job


A native of upstate NY, Dr. Dombkowski-Hopkins has studied twice at the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies on the West Bank. She has received several grants and awards, among them: a Wabash Center Project Grant, sponsored by the Lilly Endowment (2013), an Association of Theological Schools Research Grant (2007), and a Theological Education Renewal Award from the Yale Center for Faith and Culture (2006), all with her colleague, Michael Koppel. She also received an Exemplary Teaching Award (2011-12) from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Her interests include the Psalms, feminist interpretation of the Bible, and the intersections between the Bible and pastoral care. She is the mother of two children, Brian and Ariel, and an avid gardener, golfer, bicyclist, and ballet lover.  Her current scholarly projects include an upcoming book, co-edited with Michael Koppel, Bridging the Divide between Bible an Practical Theology (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018) and a book in progress on Judith as Trauma Novel for The University of South Carolina Press in its Personalities of the Old Testament Series.