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Monday, February 27 2017

Where Did Job Live?

"There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil"

The earliest documentation of a man named Uz was the great-grandson of Noah - the grandson of Noah's son Shem (see also Anti-Semitism or Anti-Judaism?).

Arab Tribesman

"10:21 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

10:22 The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.

10:23 And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash." (Genesis 10:21-23 KJV)

The next record of a man named Uz was a descendant of Esau (see The Birth of Jacob and Esau and The Nations Of Esau). That man named Uz ruled a section of the land of Esau, or the land of Edom. It is from him that a "land of Uz" began to exist. Edom and Mount Seir are located south of the Salt Sea / Dead Sea.

"36:8 Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom.

36:9 And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir: 36:10 These are the names of Esau's sons; Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel the son of Bashemath the wife of Esau." (Genesis 36:8-10 KJV)

"36:19 These are the sons of Esau, who is Edom, and these are their dukes." (Genesis 36:19 KJV)

"36:28 The children of Dishan are these; Uz, and Aran." (Genesis 36:28 KJV)

Centuries later, Job lived in a settlement in "the land of Uz."

"1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. 1:2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

1:4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually." (Job 1:1-5 KJV)

Mount Seir

With such great flocks and herds, Job's home was necessarily located in an area of Edom that was well provided with water and grazing - while at the same time he was not far from the "wilderness" i.e. the desert. Many such places existed in ancient times before natural weather patterns changed large areas into desert (deserts are "alive" in the sense that they expand and contract over time - the reason that archaeologists have found rock paintings of crocodiles in what is today a desert e.g. the crocodile of Tin-Habeter in the Sahara desert).

Other such places still exist, such as Goshen in the Nile River delta area of Egypt that is surrounded by desert wilderness while being one of the most fertile, well-watered places on Earth.

Job knew his fertile land, as well as the deserts around it.

"1:19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee." (Job 1:19 KJV)

"24:5 Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children." (Job 24:5 KJV)

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This Day In History

This Day In History, February 27

380: The Edict of Thessalonica. Emperor Theodosius I, with co-emperors Gratian and Valentinian II (see also Who Were Valentine And Cupid?) proclaimed that all Roman citizens were to convert to the Roman perversion of Christianity (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

425: Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius II founded the Imperial University of Constantinople.

Roman Empire

837: The 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.

Halley's Comet

907: Khitan tribal chief Abaoji became Emperor Taizu of China (see also The First Chinese American War).

1189: Richard the Lion-Hearted ascended the throne.

1526: In Germany, Saxony and Hesse formed the League of Gotha, a league of Protestant princes (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).


1531: German Protestants established the League of Schmalkalden to resist the authority of the Emperor (although doctrinally, there is no difference between the Church of Rome and her "Protestant" daughters; see Antichristians).

1560: The Treaty of Berwick was signed by England and Scotland.

1594: Henry IV was crowned King of France.

1670: Jews (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) were expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I.

1803: The Great Fire of Bombay destroyed nearly a third of the houses in the city.

1861: The "Warsaw Massacre" occurred when Russian troops fired on a crowd demonstrating against Russian rule.

1881: The Boers defeated the British at the Battle of Majuba Hill, South Africa.

1900: The British Labour Party is founded.

1900: Canadian forces under Lord Kitchener led the final attack of The Battle of Paardeberg, the last battle of the South African Boer War. General Kitchener was featured in the 1914 First World War recruiting poster, the design of which was copied 3 years later in the U.S. for the "Uncle Sam Wants You" poster - for which no credit or acknowledgement was given.

Kitchener Poster

1933: The Reichstag Fire. The Nazis claimed the burning of the German Parliament building was a "conspiracy" by "terrorists" and used it as an opportunity to outlaw their political opponents (see The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator). A Dutchman, Marius van der Lubbe, who was later executed for starting the fire, is regarded by many historians to have been either completely innocent, or a patsy of the Nazis; he was posthumously pardoned in 2008 (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).


1942: The Battle of the Java Sea began; a U.S., British, Dutch and Australian naval force under command of Dutch admiral Karel Doorman fought the Japanese. Doorman was killed when the Dutch cruiser De Ruyter was sunk.

1948: The Communists forcefully took over the government of Czechoslovakia from President Eduard Benes.

1949: Chaim Weizmann became the first President of "Israel" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).

1973: Native Americans began an occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a siege that lasted until May (see also The First Chinese American War).

1974: A new constitution was approved in Sweden which reduced the status of the king to a figurehead.

1991: During the Gulf War to liberate Kuwait from an invasion by Iraq, Kuwaiti troops re-entered Kuwait city.




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