Notes by Autumn Light

On Hebrew, English, translation, editing, and more—by Jonathan Orr-Stav

Was the Book Of Job originally written in Hebrew or Greek?

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(My answer to this question at

Most definitely Hebrew—of a comparatively late (i.e. 7th to 6th-century BCE) vintage i.e. a good hundred or two hundred years before the Classical Greek period.

Its rich poetic quality precludes the possibility that it is a translation, and only its contemplative “wisdom literature” philosophy and its setting (somewhere outside the Holy Land), and its use of foreign-sounding words or forms, suggest that it may have been composed during the Babylonian exile.

The Greek translation (Septuagint) of the book was produced around 200 BCE.



Author: יונתן אור-סתיו | Jonathan Orr-Stav

Hebrew-English translator, editor, author. מתרגם עברית–אנגלית, עורך באנגלית, וסופר.

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