To prove the strength of Job's faith, God sends Satan to test him by visiting disasters upon him.
Amongst these disasters is the killing of Job's numerous slaves (Job 1).
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The Metropolitan Cathedral of St Patrick, Armagh, is set on a hill from which the name of the city derives – Ard Macha – the Height of Macha.
But the truth – or the Truth, as clerics like to write it – is that every epiphany never quite delivers, disappointment piles upon disappointment, and a slow decline continues.
The first ordination of female vicars in the Church of England, 20 years ago this month by the Bishop of Bristol, was arguably the most-hyped of these recent New Jerusalems.
It came after a long, and bitter via dolorosa that caused a small but high-profile group of dissenters (Ann Widdecombe, John Gummer, Charles Moore) to decamp to Roman Catholicism.
But the first pioneers of women's ordination were in no doubt that their Church was finally marching on the high road.
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