Peter Madsen

See the cover page in larger format

The Story of Job, 1999

Why are there evils in the world?
Is human misery God's punishment?
Why does God allow us to suffer?

The story of Job's visitations forms the basis of a vehement discussion of questions such as these. His friends think his ordeals are a punishment for his sins. Job must humble himself and admit to his wrongs. However, he insists on his innocence and accuses God of treating him unfairly. Do Job's accusations amount to culpable pride, or is it possible for man to take God to task? The Story of Job is a rendition of one the most prominent magnum opuses of world literature - The Book of Job from The Old Testament. The text is accompanied by expressive spreads in water colour and gouache, making The Story of Job a picture book for young and old alike. The book is used in confirmation classes and religious instruction in schools. However, it is most certainly a book for adults, too. The Story of Job makes a difficult biblical tale accessible.

"Once again, Peter Madsen has created a dashing pictorial story based on one of the tales from the Bible ... The story is told in a neat modern language befitting of its contents... The large, suggestive drawings are reminiscent of paintings." (Karsten Boll of the Danish Library Review Service)

See whole pages and sketches (Danish version:)

© Peter Madsen and the Danish Bible Society - Translation into English: Ole Lindegaard Henriksen -