Dating the book of ezekiel

03-Jul-2019 14:35

The Talmud (Bava Barta 14b) says it was written by Moses, but then on the next page (15a), rabbis Jonathan and Eliezer say Job was among those who returned from the Babylonian Exile in 538 BCE, which was about seven centuries after Moses’ supposed death.

The very same page of Talmud suggests that Job is not a real person and that the whole book is just an allegory; also, that Job was the contemporary of Jacob or Abraham.

'Go through the camp and give the people this order, "Make provisions ready, for in three days' time you will cross this Jordan and go on to take possession of the land which Yahweh your God is giving you as your own." ' Your wives, your little ones and your cattle must stay in the country given you by Moses beyond the Jordan.

He asks Job a rhetorical question - Did Job kill the Behemoth and the Dragon, as he has?

Only be strong and stand very firm and be careful to keep the whole Law which my servant Moses laid down for you.

Do not swerve from this either to right or to left, and then you will succeed wherever you go.

God accepts the challenge and gives Satan permission to destroy Job’s life.

Satan kills his children, destroys his house, bankrupts him and gives him a terrible skin disease. A fourth character then enters the story – Elihu, who accuses Job as well (chapters 32-37).At this point (38:1) God appears from the whirlwind and answers Job’s explicit implication that he is unjust.