It’s not definitely known who wrote the book of Job; some say Job himself wrote it or in 19:23-24 Job cries, “Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!” Job lived 140 years after his affliction so it is feasible that Job could’ve taken the time, recollected his thoughts, and begin to record the entire experience.
Job lived sometime between the early period of the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Job died when he would’ve been at least 200 years old; which was the average age of a man no later than the patriarchs. He lived in the land of Uz. Lamentations 4:21 speaks about the land of Uz in connection with the land of Edom. Its believed that the land of Uz was east of the Jordan River, as far south as Edom, and possibly as far north as the sea of Galilee. There was also a trade route through that area going from Babylon to Egypt.
Job’s friends come to mourn with him and comfort him when they heard of all the evil that had come upon him. As they express their counsel; it becomes evident that very little comfort is being offered. They looked upon Job’s disaster and concluded that he was a wicked and sinful man. Job’s friends would not allow God to be bigger than their own understanding of Him. We’ll also see how God feels about Job’s friends’ counsel.
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