WHERE WAST THOU... WHEN I LAID THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH? JOB THE BOOK
The author is unknown. The theme of the book of Job is the problem of suffering.
JOB is the first of the Wisdom Books in the Old Testament canon, the others being Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.
Wisdom literature, of which the Epistle of James is the New Testament example, deals with the broad realm of human experience, and is set forth in short, pithy sayings or proverbs, essays, monologues, and, as in Job, in drama.
Although the book does not name its author, Ezekiel 14:14, 20 and James 5:11 refer to Job as an historical person. That he may have lived in the patriarchal period is inferred from his great age, although the date of the writing is uncertain, various geographical references in the book, and the absence of mention of the law and the Tabernacle or Temple.
The presence in this book of lofty Biblical concepts of God, man, Satan, righteousness, redemption, and resurrection may show, in view of its probable early date, the wide extent of revelation even before the writing of Scripture.
The subject of Job is God's providential and ethical government considered in the light of the age-old problem of the suffering of a righteous man. To this problem, neither Job who justified himself, nor his three counselors who charged him with sin, had the solution. Elihu, who explained Job's, suffering as God's chastening with a view to experiential purify-cation, reached higher ground, yet also fell short of the answer.
It was not until God revealed Himself in His majesty and power in Chapters 38-41, that Job, "perfect and upright" though he was, turned from his own goodness and confessed: "I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes" Chapter 42:6. Then it was that, having seen himself to be worse than anything he had ever done, Job emerged from suffering into blessing and restoration. Noticeable Messianic passages in the book are: Chapters 9:33; 16:19; 19:25; 33:23-24; 36:18. Chapter 28 contains a beautiful discussion of wisdom, and Chapters 38-41 are surpassingly great poetry.
Job is supposed to be the first book of the Holy Bible according to the date it was written... The oldest book in The Holy Bible.
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