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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 14, Issue 4, October 1997

Philosophy of Religion and Jewish Religious Thought

Eleonore Stump
Pages 523-549
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil199714444

Saadia Gaon on the Problem of Evil

Considerable effort has been expended on constructing theodicies which try to reconcile the suffering of unwilling innocents, such as Job, with the existence and nature of God as understood in Christian theology. There is, of course, abundant reflection on the problem of evil and the story of Job in the history of Jewish thought, but this material has not been discussed much in contemporary philosophical literature. I want to take a step towards remedying this defect by examining the interpretation of the story of Job and the solution to the problem of evil given by one important and influential Jewish thinker, Saadia Gaon.

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