The Rhythm of Job: The Book of Job Paraphrased and in Meter
Robert McFadden, author
Poetry appears in the Bible in numerous forms throughout both the Old and the New Testaments, from the book of Job and the psalms to the letters from Paul. Its use provides a heightened awareness of the message conveyed; it exposes depths of meaning that apply to each individual’s inner murmurings and elevates the holy text to endless levels of perception. In The Rhythm of Job, author Robert McFadden offers a reinterpretation of the longest and oldest poem of the Old Testament, the book of Job, which explores humanity’s struggle to understand suffering under the shadow of a loving God. McFadden seeks to illuminate the original cadence and parallelism of Job through the use of a side-by-side paraphrasing of the book as it appears in the King James Bible. In doing so, he creates a fresh rhythm while retelling this enduring story. This poetic adaptation presents an interpretation of the book of Job in the form of an epic poem that both honors the original text and brings new life to this timeless tale.