Addressing the problem of theodicy the vindication of the justice of god in the light of humanitys suffering it is a rich theological work setting out a variety of perspectives. Wadi sirhan is a great shallow plainlike depression some 210 m. The majority of the music is sung by the chorus, but there are also obbligato roles for a small group of instruments which appear singly or in pairs. The land of uz was, no doubt, the pasturingground inhabited by one of the tribes of that name, if indeed there be more than one tribe intended. This is the ancient land where job lived, sometime after the flood.
The book of job is a book of wisdom but the wisdom sits beneath a surface that can at times feel impenetrable. At the same time, it also asks the question we rarely think to ask, why do good people prosper. Lost in the land of uz how to read the book of job christopher ash in my commentaries on the book of job, i have criticized preaching that majors on the first two chapters and the final chapters, and more or less skims over the long speeches in between. There is no way to identify this area precisely, and for that reason people from all the world wonder at the book of job. The land of uz, as well as other geographical mentions in scripture, can seem to prove the irrelevancy of the bible. All of the following items support jobs identity with the patriarchal period except. Post 29 the faithful man job lived in the land of uz job 1. You are not logged in please log in or register or post as a guest. Based on the dialog in the book of job the people there worshiped the true god.
After reading through the book, we see it is the pride of man which questions an act of god in. Job 1, new international version niv the bible app. Then there is christmas in hawaii, and we have been listening to what christmas in mississippi is like. He has written three books on psalms, including bible delight. He was, in fact, the richest cattleman in that entire area. Seir esau and edom, are edom and land of uz synonymous. There was a man in the land of uz whose name was job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared god and turned away from evil. God boasts to satan about jobs goodness, but satan. The country was subject to raids by chaldeans and sabeans 1. Besides the reference to uz in the opening verse of the book of job as the country in which job lived, the land itself is mentioned only in two other passages of scripture. It is mentioned in the bible in these three verses. Where is the land of oz in the book of job in the bible. Reference is made in the book of job to the history of israel. The book of job takes place in an area called in the bible the land of uz job 1.
There was a man in the land of uz, whose name was job. Job in the picture study bible the book of job with maps. Job 1, new american standard bible nasb the bible app. The land of uz the institute for creation research. All of the following items support job s identity with the patriarchal period except. In part 1, the probable location of the land of uz, where job lived, was discussed. Some bible scholars debate whether he was an actual person or legend, but job is mentioned as a historical figure by the prophet ezekial ezekial 14. The book of job states that job lived near the desert job 1. His residence in the land of uz marks him as belonging to a branch of the aramean race, which had settled in the lower part of mesopatamia probably to the south or southeast of palestine, in idumean arabia, adjacent to the sabeans and chaldeans.
Set in the land of uz, the book of job plumbs what theologians call theodicy, the attempt to explain how an allpowerful and allknowing and benevolent god could allow righteous people to suffer. The book begins, there was a man in the land of uz, whose name was job. For larrimore the medieval and early modern periods mark the rise of the book of job as disputation, with maimonides, thomas aquinas, and calvin as his chosen representatives. The land of uz is a location mentioned in the old testament, most prominently in the book of job, which begins, there was a man in the land of uz, whose. It was in fertile lands with ample crops and lifestock but bordered the desert it is most notable for being job s homeland.
Its tricky to identify as the name uz seems to be an informal name applied by the israelites to a region and not the formal name of a country. Job 1 there was a man in the land of uz whose name was. Job pronounced jobe, was a rich farmer living in the land of uz, somewhere northeast of palestine. But that document was written at least 1,000 years after moses wrote the book of job and.
This copypaste is all i have at hand right now it2 p. The book of job is said to contain more questions than any other book of the bible. Set in uz, an obscure land far from israel, during an unknown time period, the book of job focuses on questions about gods justice and why good people suffer. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, perhaps my children have sinned and cursed god in their hearts. What was the geographical location of the land of uz found. Learn more about the word uz, its origin, alternative forms, and usage from wiktionary. The land of utz not uz is aram rashi commentary, job 1. The opinions of job and his friends are thus peculiarly. In the land of uz is a dramatised reading of the biblical book of job, from which all the text is taken, in the musical form of a cantata, or short oratorio. Despite hostilities from neighboring chaldeans and sabeans. He is blameless and upright, always careful to avoid doing evil 1. This opening presents to us the book of job as a detached work, separate from and. So i feel somewhat justified in looking in with you on a christmas celebration in the ancient land of uz, found in chapter 42 of the book of job, of all places. Shems first son, arphaxad, was born two years after the flood, and his remaining sons would have been born in some reasonable sequence thereafter, probably around 36 years apart genesis 11.
Job smith the patriarch, from whom one of the books of the old testament is named. This topic was begun in job and the land of uz 1, and continued in job and the land of uz 2. This is the second volume in the reality living commentary series. A son of aram and greatgrandson of noah through shem. There once was a man named job who lived in the land of uz.
That man was blameless and upright, and one who feared god, and turned away from evil. In chapters 337 especially, readers can feel lost in a mixture of truth, error, and misapplied theology. With the help of some interpretive guidelines, however, the meaning of each speech can slowly become clear in light of the whole, and point readers to another. It may have been named after uz, the son of aram, who settled this region. One day, satan the adversary appears before god in heaven. The book of job, the oldest book in the bible, has its historicalgeographical setting in the land of uz. Job niv prologue in the land of uz there bible gateway. The following are the determining data occurring in the book of job. Lost in the land of uz how to read the book of job. What is the importance of the land of uz in the bible. Job is a wealthy man living in a land called uz with his large family and extensive flocks.
Through the life and story of job, god gives us amazing insight into the problem of pain and suffering. He would rise up early in the morning, and he would offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all, because job said. Yale schola cantorum in the land of uz institute of. The caspian sea was much larger then, and it had an outflow it doesnt now which flowed down to the west into the old black sea, during the ice age, and the now vast desolate desert plains of uzbekistan, the land of uz, where job lived, were at that time lush with pastures and forests. These references to places do more than establish, affirm, and identify the locations of eventsas valuable as that can be. Job 1 kjv there was a man in the land of uz, bible gateway. The book of job is quite possibly the strangest book in the hebrew bible, and is notoriously difficult to date. Christopher ash christopher ash is writerinresidence at tyndale house, cambridge, and a former pastor and director of the cornhill training course in london. It appears to have been a region in arabia deserta, between palestine, idumaea, and the euphrates, and most probably not far from the borders of idumaea. Where was the land of uz where job lived the old testament book of job. These writers see the book through the prism of the question of evil.1172 228 994 558 425 43 1385 879 804 1554 1091 380 461 94 1210 1141 1441 1140 1281 111 492 587 577 259 1570 374 1536 914 1283 1188 1075 399 191 328