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The biblical ‘Book of Job’ addresses the existence of evil and suffering in a world where a loving, all-powerful God exists. It has been described as ‘the most profound and literary work of the entire Old Testament’. In ‘Job’, God and Satan discuss the limits of human faith and endurance. God lets Satan force Job to undergo extreme trials and tribulations, including the destruction of his family. Despite this, as God predicted, Job’s faith remains unshaken and he is rewarded by God with the restoration of his health, wealth and family.
Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils
Pen and ink and tempera on mahogany
H 32.6 x W 43.2 cm
Presented by Miss Mary H. Dodge through the Art Fund 1918