Who Really Wrote the Book of Job?

Job, possibly the strangest book in the bible, is based on legends going back thousands of years, and is written in a very unusual form of Hebrew.

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A ceramic artwork, consisting of a plate and shattered plate on which the Book of Job had been written: The most enigmatic of the bible's books, Job is written in a strange, archaic form of Hebrew and is based on ancient legends of a righteous man beset by a capricious god. It is hard to deduce when the book was written, let alone by whom.
Fragments of a shattered plate on which the Book of Job had been writtenCredit: Sebastian Zimmer
Elon Gilad
Elon Gilad
Job Rebuked by His Friends, by William Blake (1757-1827)Credit: Wikimedia Commons
A seal in Aramaic found at Temple Mount, used to mark objects as appropriate for use by the Temple. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
The Book of Job has aspects that seem to predate the Babylonian Exile that began in 586 BCE, and elements that seem to post-date the exile. Photo: Babylonian goddess of the night.Credit: Hispalois, Wikimedia Commons

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