Job in Judaism

From Job – not a lick of work

Job – veneration

Job by Léon Bonnat (1880)
Prophet, Righteous
Venerated in Judaism
Major shrine Tomb of Job
Attributes Often depicted as a man tested by God
Major works Book of Job

Job in Judaism

Scroll of Book of Job, in Hebrew

A clear majority of rabbis saw Job as having in fact existed as a historically factual figure.

According to a minority view, Job never existed.[10] In this view, Job was a literary creation by a prophet who used this form of writing to convey a divine message. On the other hand, the Talmud (in Tractate Baba Batra 15a–16b) goes to great lengths trying to ascertain when Job actually lived, citing many opinions and interpretations by the leading sages.

Job is further mentioned in the Talmud as follows:[11]

  • Job’s resignation to his fate.[12]
  • When Job was prosperous, anyone who associated with him even to buy from him or sell to him, was blessed.[13]
  • Job’s reward for being generous[14]
  • David, Job and Ezekiel described the Torah’s length without putting a number to it.[15]
  • Job was in fact one of three advisors that Pharaoh consulted, prior to taking action against the increasingly multiplying Israelites in the Book of Exodus. As described in the Talmud:[16] Balaam urged Pharaoh to kill the Hebrew new-born boys; Jethro opposed this decree; and Job, though personally opposed to the decree, kept silent and did not protest it. It is for Job’s silence that God subsequently punishes him with his bitter afflictions.[17] However, the Book of Job itself contains no indication of this, and to the prophet Ezekiel, Yahweh refers to Job as a righteous man …More

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Job (biblical figure) – Wikipedia. 2018. Job (biblical figure) – Wikipedia. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 29 August 2018].