Puritan Board Doctor
I'm just curious and speculative. How do you all think the Hebrews got a hold of the book of Job? Should we thank Abraham? Moses? Jethro maybe?
Originally posted by VirginiaHuguenot
Matthew Poole reminds that that the Ezekiel (14.14) and James (5.2) confirm that Job was truly a man of God, plus Paul's quotation from this book in 1 Cor. 3.19 all serve together to confirm the authenticity and canonicity of this book.
He also states that the author is unknown for certain, but supposes three possibilities: Job himself, Elihu, or Moses.
I don't have a strong opinion either way. I do believe the timeframe for the story precedes Moses, so Job seems like the best candidate to me, but that doesn't rule out other possibilities. That's just my
So do you think that is why both the Jews and Christians place Job next to the wisdom literature in the ordering of their canons? I think the Jewish canon tried to be more chronological if I remember correctly.Originally posted by Contra_Mundum
However old the events are (and it does seem to lie either pre-mosaic, or contemporary to him due to the religious economy artlessly set forth therein), I tend to think its inscripturation parallels the age of the other "wisdom" literature books--the Psalms (bulk of David), and Solomon's contributions. Fitting the genre as it does, argues for it's close association in composition as well.
The final form of the Jewish canon list has three divisions, Torah, Prophets, and Writings, in that order (fewer books, because some are combined). Job comes after the Psalms--or Prov/Job; order varies, which follows Malachi and stands at the head of the final category. Ours follows the Septuagint which put all the histories together, and prophetical literature together, which changes took bits and pieces out of the Writings category. Only the five "wisdom" books remained out of the original 12/13 (depends if you split Chronicles or not).Originally posted by puritansailor
So do you think that is why both the Jews and Christians place Job next to the wisdom literature in the ordering of their canons? I think the Jewish canon tried to be more chronological if I remember correctly.