This is probably super obvious but I’m a Christian (surprise) and I was reading through the book of Job and taking notes — because that’s what I do, I take the fun out of reading and dissect every book I read — and I thought, ‘maybe I could blog about my thoughts on Job.’ So, here I am, braving new territory and blogging about the Bible.
Now, I’m not a Pasteur or anything. All I have to offer is my love of the Bible and that I’ve been studying it most of my young adult life. But I do love to learn and I strive to know everything about everything through thorough research. A lot of this is going to be my random thoughts too. If you have any thoughts as well, go for it, and comment below!
Job’s Place in Timeline
The first thing I did when I started reading Job, was check out where it’s place was in the Biblical timeline and who is credited for writing it. ( I do this when I start most of the books in the Bible. ) I was actually surprised at first to find that most believe that Job is the oldest book in scripture. It’s not known for certain, but it does seem very likely if you look at how different the writing is compared to some of the other books of the Bible.
Job’s timeline is heavily debated. It’s translated in Hebrew as archaic — which supports the case of it being very ancient — but it is also heavily influenced by Aramaic — which suggests it’s a later book. There’s evidence that suggests the possibility of both.
In Job 42:16, Job is said to have lived an additional 140 years. Because his long lifespan is similar to that of Abraham, Issac’s and Jacob’s, and his wealth was measured in livestock (Job 1:3; Job 42:12) as Abraham’s was (Gen 12:16), some believe it’s true, and that Job did live in the Early-Biblical timeline. This is fascinating too: the book of Job refers to God as “Shaddai” (Almighty) more than any other book of the Bible, which sounds very similar to the unique title the early patriarchs used, “El Shaddai” (God Almighty).
Many think that Job was written in the early Second Temple Period because Satan is described in Job similarly to the book of Zechariah. Also, there’s the possibility that Job was written by someone who’s first language was Aramaic but whose literary language was Hebrew and that the archaic language was deliberate which further suggests the Second Temple Period. I believe there’s far more likely evidence that Job lived around the time of Abraham. Either way, all agree that Job is a very ancient book.
Like many books of the Bible, Job’s authorship is unknown and debated. Some think Moses wrote it and some think that Job is just an allegory. I did some digging though, and found a verse in Ezekiel, that to me, proves Job was an actual servant of God and not a fictional character.
Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.
God spoke to Ezekiel about these three Biblical men, and how, even if they were in the land of Israel, he would still send evil upon it for Israel’s transgressions. They would have to deliver themselves by their own righteousness.
It was pretty relieving for me to find this verse because Job is such a powerful story about persevering, loss and the hardships a servant of God must face in life, that I didn’t want to find out that there was a even the slightest possibility it wasn’t legitimate and nothing more than a tale.