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Book of Job: Introduction
Book of Job: Plot Summary
Book of Job: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Book of Job: Themes
Book of Job: Quotes
Book of Job: Characters
Book of Job: Terms
Book of Job: Symbols
Book of Job: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Anonymous
Historical Context of Book of Job
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- Full Title: Book of Job
- When Written: Most modern scholars estimate that Job was written around the 6th century B.C.E. (the 500s B.C.E.).
- Literary Period: Ancient Near Eastern
- Genre: Religious Literature, Hebrew Poetry, Poetic Drama.
- Setting: The land of Uz, to Israel’s south and east (possibly on the Arabian peninsula).
- Climax: God speaks to Job out of the whirlwind.
- Antagonist: Satan; Job’s so-called friends; at times, God.
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for Book of Job
Unstaged. Job could technically be classified as a “closet drama,” a drama that contains elements like dialogue and monologue but was not intended to be staged as a play. Closet dramas tend to be written in poetic form and to contain very long speeches that wouldn’t really work on the stage.
Blake’s Biblical Art. In 1826, William Blake published a successful book, Illustrations of the Book of Job, containing 22 engraved prints he made depicting the events in the biblical story.