Dating of the book of job

09-Sep-2016 14:56

As with other books of the Bible, Job bears the name of the narrative’s primary character. One Talmudic tradition suggests Moses as author since the land of Uz (1:1) was adjacent to Midian where Moses lived for 40 years, and he could have obtained a record of the story there.

I’ll let you know right off that these readings are long, as you probably figured out when you tackled five chapters of Job.

I’m going to do something different through Job, as opposed to what I did in Genesis or what I will do in Exodus onward. Much of what needs to be said from our perspective is in Job 1-2 and 41-42.

Job is a book that almost teaches itself when we have the context down, so I’ll take a few days to unpack all the contextual stuff we need to make Job make sense. It’s older than Genesis, though Genesis covers older material.

These cultural and historical features found in the book appear to place the events chronologically at a time probably after Babel (Gen.

11:1-9), but before or contemporaneous with Abraham (Gen. The name of the author is not indicated in the book.

I’ll let you know right off that these readings are long, as you probably figured out when you tackled five chapters of Job.

I’m going to do something different through Job, as opposed to what I did in Genesis or what I will do in Exodus onward. Much of what needs to be said from our perspective is in Job 1-2 and 41-42.

Job is a book that almost teaches itself when we have the context down, so I’ll take a few days to unpack all the contextual stuff we need to make Job make sense. It’s older than Genesis, though Genesis covers older material.

These cultural and historical features found in the book appear to place the events chronologically at a time probably after Babel (Gen.

11:1-9), but before or contemporaneous with Abraham (Gen. The name of the author is not indicated in the book.

The second section can either be construed as prophecy, or history containing some prophecy, depending on the date one assumes that the book was written.