Dating of the book of job

Part of that reason is that so much of Job is poetry, which always makes for dense reading. Most of Job is a debate between Job and his friends, and much of it is repetitious, which is often what we see in real life.

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

Elihu, Isaiah, Hezekiah, Jeremiah, and Ezra have also been suggested as possible authors, but without support.

(7) A basic silence on matters such as the covenant of Abraham, Israel, the Exodus, and the Law of Moses.

New Testament writers directly quote Job twice (Rom. Though he lived long after Job, Solomon could have written about events that occurred long before his own time, in much the same manner as Moses was inspirited to write about Adam and Eve.

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

Chapter eleven is the focus of most of the controversy, as, according to most scholars, it gives a very detailed account of the battles of Antiochus Epiphanes.

If it weren't for the great details here, most people could assume that the book was written in the sixth century, and that the author got lucky with his vague allusions.

We know this because of the age of the Hebrew used. Compare modern English to “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, from 1843, which uses phrases like “you fancy me mad.” Today we’d say, “you think I’m crazy.” Even further back, say, 1611, we read English like this: (HCSB). It’s actually often called “Paleo-Hebrew.” Job was written in the time of the Patriarchs.

That’s only 400 years difference; the Hebrew Bible covers Hebrew written from about 1800 BC to at least 430 BC, maybe later. Linguists can judge the age of a document based on how old its diction is. Genesis was written, or compiled, by Moses, some 430 years later!