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published: 3/31/13

Uz in the Bible



Uz in the Old Testament

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The Jordan River

The Home of Job

Uz was the home of the patriarch Job (Job 1:1; Jer 25:20, "all the kings of the land of Uz"; Lam 4:21, "daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz"). The land of Uz was, no doubt, the pasturing-ground inhabited by one of the tribes of that name, if indeed there be more than one tribe intended.

The following are the determining data occurring in the Book of Job. The country was subject to raids by Chaldeans and Sabeans (1:15,17); Job's three friends were a Temanite, a Naamathite and a Shuhite (2:11); Elihu was a Buzite (32:2); and Job himself is called one of the children of the East (Heb: Qedhem).


The Chaldeans

The Chaldeans (kasdim, descendants of Chesed, son of Nahor, Gen 22:22) inhabited Mesopotamia; a branch of the Sabeans also appears to have taken up its abode in Northern Arabia. Teman (Gen 36:11) is often synonymous with Edom.

The meaning of the designation amathite is unknown, but Shuah was a son of Keturah the wife of Abraham (Gen 25:2), and so connected with Nahor.

Shuah is identified with Suhu, mentioned by Tiglath-pileser I as lying one day's journey from Carchemish; and a "land of Uzza" is named by Shalmaneser II as being in the same neighborhood. Buz is a brother of Uz ("Huz," Gen 22:21) and son of Nahor.

Esar-haddon, in an expedition toward the West, passed through Bazu and Hazu, no doubt the same tribes. Abraham sent his children, other than Isaac (so including Shuah), "eastward to the land of Heb: Qedhem" (Gen 25:6). These factors point to the land of Uz as lying somewhere to the Northeast of Palestine.

Tradition supports such a site. Josephus says "Uz founded Trachonitis and Damascus" (Ant., I, vi, 4). Arabian tradition places the scene of Job s sufferings in the Hauran at Heb: Deir Eiyub (Job's monastery) near Nawa.

There is a spring there, which. he made to flow by striking the rock with his foot (Koran 38 41), and his tomb. The passage in the Koran is, however, also made to refer to Job's Well.

 

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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, which is in the public domain (with minor edits).