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Calvin's Teaching on Job

Proclaiming the Incomprehensible God

Derek Thomas
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For many of us the book of Job stands directly in the centre of one of the most complicated problems of life - the interaction between divine sovereignty and human responsibility. Its implications for a world of suffering and injustice is one that has provoked much tortuous thought for both Calvinists and Arminians.

How Job deals with tremendous suffering - losing most of his earthly possessions, family and health - and how God deals with Job's suffering, does not necessarily make a nicely packaged story.

The issues Job faced are ones that all Christians will struggle with to one degree or another.

Calvin is still an influential theologian and was an excellent preacher. Derek Thomas uses Calvin's sermons on Job as a model for preachers today.

Derek Thomas

About Derek Thomas

Derek W. H. Thomas, originally from Wales, is the Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina and Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is also a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries. He previously served as the Chairman of the Theology Department at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi, the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church, also in Jackson.


  • Author: Derek Thomas
  • Release Date: January 2004
  • Pages: 416
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781857929225
  • Imprint: Mentor
  • Category: Church > Denominations > Calvinist


Calvin's sermons on Job are a fascinating part of his voluminous heritage. Derek Thomas' able exposition guides us through some of the key issues raised by the text. His work contains valuable lessons both for the understanding of Calvin and for the task of preacher today.

Anthony N. S. Lane, Professor of Historical Theology, London School of Theology, London

...a valuable resource to both the Genevan Reformer and a difficult OT book. Thomas examines Calvin's work not only in a scholarly way, but also in a spirit that will promote the preaching of this neglected book of Scripture. His preaching of a book which has so much to say to the people of God as they endure trials is most valuable, and in Derek Thomas we have an able guide to Calvin's work.

David McKay, Professor of Systematic Theology, Ethics and Apologetics, Reformed Theological College, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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