It’s weird that the story of Job is so far back in Oursler’s book, since I thought it was general knowledge that it was one of the earliest stories in the Bible chronologically. But Ourlser puts it during the Babylonian captivity.
It was good of Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar to sit with Job in silence those first seven days. That was a great symbol of friendship, to be there with him even if they couldn’t do anything to help him. But then they decided to open their mouths, and their “good friend” statuses declined pretty fast. They assumed that Job must have done something absolutely unforgivable to be stricken with so much suffering. They wanted him to confess a sin he hadn’t committed.
There’s no mention in Oursler’s book of the young man Elihu, which I think is a bit of a shame. He had wisdom of his own, but he was also respectful of his elders’ right to speak first. He has qualities that young people today could learn from.