Lamentations-Job: God’s Path Through Pain

This course examines these books that tackle the pain and pressure that often go along with being God's people.


Pressure and pain are realities of life. One of the verifying realities of the Old Testament record is its openness about the difficulties God’s people often suffered—and were often confused by. This course, Lamentations-Job: God’s Path Through Pain, studies three books that deal head-on with the pain and pressure often associated with being God’s people.

  1. To introduce students to survey information of the Old Testament.
  2. To help develop critical and practical aptitudes in understanding the Bible.
  3. To provide scholarly information that will help students better understand the historical and biblical context of the Old Testament.
  • Really enjoyed the class. I knew very little about Lamentations.

    — Terri, United States (US)
  • Good teaching

    — Esosa, United States (US)
  • I was surprised to see Lamentations and Esther discussed together, but, as Dr Stuart had often done in other courses, he once again gives me a fresh perspective to look at these exilic writings in juxtaposition. I am particularly grateful for his succinct, crisp summaries of the rather involved dialogues between Job and his friends, to make me see the main thrusts and sense how the flow of thought and emotional tensions were going. Indeed, Dr Stuart's strength has always been in communicating accurately without being wordy. Definitely to be recommended.

    — Weng Yuen, Singapore
  • A wonderful, insightful lecture.

    — Johann, United States (US)
  • Good course

    — Paul, United States (US)
  • Very good representation of suffering, which is clearly explained especially in the book of Job. Enjoyed the understandable explanations and presentations in this course.

    — Karen, United States (US)
  • Great study of the book of Job.

    — Dennis, Australia
  • I enjoyed this course. It gave me insights that I had not considered.

    — Stacy, United States (US)
  • An excellent course!

    — Russell, Canada
  • The course helped me to understand the books of Lamentations and Job. Job is regarded as one of the hardest books in the Bible to understand, and the course has provided me a good overview on the book as well as deeper understanding on the problem of suffering in the world. Thank you very much!

    — Mizuho, Japan
  • Again another course that blew my mind. I am a mother who lost two children in horrorible ways. I need to know God is still with me. This course shows me God is still alive in my life.

    — Cynthia, United States (US)
  • Great course!

    — Evan, United States (US)
  • Very well constructed and brought deeper meaning to the books and scripture.

    — Eden, United States (US)
  • Really enjoyed this course - it brought much insight to work through the book of Job, thank you.

    — Toni, United States (US)
  • I enjoyed the course, and even though it was kinda "depressing" with all the lamenting and stress, the story was Esther was a light in the darkness for me, my heart has always went out to Job, because he suffered so much tragedy, but I have also found it always "hopeful" that God restored him, and that he remained faithful even through all he was afflicted with. That showed he was True to God.

    — Karla, United States (US)
  • This course brings so much revelation to Gods people about His plan and purpose for our lives. As I’ve studied with intensity, I’ve learned more about the human heart and how gracious our LORD is. Great class!

    — Evon, United States (US)
  • I really enjoyed this particular course. I have always loved the book of Esther, but the book of Job was my favorite part. I feel like I gained the most insight from the study of Job.

    — Heidi, United States (US)
  • A very enjoyable course

    — Aileen, United States (US)
  • This was my first course with Our Daily Bread University, and I greatly enjoyed the study. The material was substantively accurate and provided great insight for learning purposes. I also appreciate the testing style. Thank you for providing this service!

    — Lanesha, United States (US)
  • Job can be hard to understand, especially when going through our own personal pain. Studying this again without angst currently in my life was helpful.

    — Sheryl, United States (US)
  • I love the way the instructor helps us to understand what is going on in those books.

    — Denise, United States (US)
  • Excellent overview of Lamentations, Esther and Job. Many interesting additional insights.

    — Ronee, United States (US)
  • Great to have a simple summary of these books on suffering in Lamentations and Job.

    — Donald, United States (US)
  • I could not stop this lecture study. As we went through the course it opened deeper understanding why Job suffered and why job was appointed by God to be challenged by Satan. But one beautiful understanding from Job is we will pure like gold...

    — Masayoshi, United States (US)
  • Truly loved this. It really gave me great insights into these books of the Old Testament. Lamentations is not a normal go to book for me, but I learned so much about its structure and set up, it helped me appreciate its inclusion in the Scriptures. Job and Esther have always been favorites of mine, but I was able to learn so much, especially about Job through this course. Highly recommend it.

    — Carole, United States (US)
  • I learned so much regarding suffering through studying the Books of Esther, Lamentations and Job. Ironically, while studying these books I was able to give two of my friends Godly wisdom that were suffering and encouraged them to read the books. God is amazing!!!!!

    — Clinton, United States (US)
  • Lots to cover in these books and the lecturer does a great job of summarizing. I got the flow of Job easily. This instructor has a great way of retelling a story. I get the feel and import very quickly.

    — Dorothy, United States (US)
  • I enjoyed the lecture and material. The lecture on Lamentations was very insightful where it discussed the structure of the poetry. Thank you.

    — Pamela, United States (US)
  • The book of Job has always interested me so I especially loved this course. To my surprise, I am now interested to learn more about the book of Esther due to this course. The way things are explained makes it easier to understand and makes me want to learn more and go deeper into scripture. Thank you!

    — Juliane, United States (US)

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Course Details

  • 2 Lessons
  • 11 Activities
  • 3 Assessments
  • 27 Min Average
  • 2 Hrs Minimum
  • 0.93 CEUs
  • Course Award

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Douglas K. Stuart, PhD