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Crucible of Suffering: The Book of Job


January 10, 2019 at 9:00 PM - January 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM EST


Chesterton House – 111 The Knoll



Payable to Chesterton House (If you are on financial aid, the course is available at no cost other than a $50 administrative fee.)

Host / Instructor

Elaine Phillips

Professor and Harold John Ockenga Chair of Biblical Studies

Elaine Phillips

Professor and Harold John Ockenga Chair of Biblical Studies

After receiving her undergraduate degree in social psychology from Cornell University and the Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary, Elaine Phillips, along with her husband, Perry, studied and taught for three years in Israel. Upon their return, they taught at a small Christian junior college outside of Philadelphia from 1979-1992 and Elaine earned her Ph.D. in rabbinic literature from The Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning in Philadelphia. She has taught biblical studies at Gordon College since 1993 where she serves as the Harold John Ockenga Chair of Biblical Studies. She and Perry have continued to take Gordon students back to Jerusalem University College, where they serve as adjunct faculty for the three-week summer study program in historical geography. In addition to field study in Israel, her areas of interest and scholarly writing include the books of Exodus and Esther, biblical wisdom literature, and rabbinic texts. Her book-length commentary on Esther is included in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, edited by Tremper Longman III and David Garland. In 2014, her devotional, With God, Nothing is Impossible, was published by Deep River Books. Her latest book, An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts was published by Hendrickson Publishing in August 2017. She has received both the Junior and Senior Distinguished Faculty Awards and at the commencement ceremonies in May 2014 was granted the inaugural Distinguished Professor award. She also enjoys music, hiking and all things related to summers in northwestern Ontario.

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ICS371: Crucible of Suffering: The Book of Job

7 Days
January 10-17, 2019
Registration Deadline: December 18, 2018

Explore the themes of suffering and hope in the book of Job and earn 2 credits* in just 1 week with this intensive winter course taught by Cornell Alumna, Dr. Elaine Phillips.

Our study of the words of Job provides a window into excruciating pain, despair, and deep misunderstandings. At the same time, dogged faithfulness and determination to cling to God are a timeless source of hope. In this course we will nurture our love for God who is the Source of our Wisdom and Truth and wrestle with the love, fear, doubt, joy, anger, and wonder expressed by the author of Job in the context of our own faith journeys. All students are welcome to evensong & dinner every day of the course at 5pm.

The cost is $200 payable to Chesterton House. If you are on financial aid, the course is available at no cost other than a $50 administrative fee. If you need lodging in order to attend the course, please talk to us.

*Course credit is provided by Gordon College. Cornell students interested in these courses should consult their college advising office in advance of enrollment, to determine whether they will be able to apply transfer credits to their Cornell record.

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