Genesis & Job

An ancient African proverb imparts wisdom about tackling huge projects: “How does one person eat a whole elephant? One bite at a time.” The Genesis & Job Series is the first bite of Eyewitness Bible Series in tackling the Old Testament.

The most casual reader soon recognizes the majority of the writings of the Old Testament have to do with the history of the Israelites (also known as Hebrews or Jews). Embedded in the Old Testament is a wealth of knowledge about God and his character, books of poetry and proverbs, and a host of prophecies.

In Bibles used by most Protestant Christians, the Old Testament consists of 39 writings, called books. The Eyewitness Bible Series groups these books into three different series:

  • Genesis & Job: Genesis describes the creation of Earth, gives the history of all mankind, and describes a brief history of the Israelite nation from its beginning until it moves to Egypt. All of Genesis is saturated with knowledge about God, his power, and his relationship with mankind. Job is a story of an ancient man, his struggles, and his dealings with God. Although nothing is absolutely clear concerning the time period of his life, it seems as if Job lived in the time before the Israelite nation existed.
  • Promised Land: Covers the time period from the Israelites being slaves in Egypt, their exodus to Canaan, and the conquering of Canaan. This series includes the Old Testament books of Exodus to Judges.
  • Prophets and Kings: Covers the time period from the first prophet and king until the last prophet. It describes the initial occupation of Canaan, the destruction of the Northern Kingdom, the exile of the Southern kingdom, and the return to Judah. With the exception of Job, this includes the Old Testament books of Ruthto Malachi.


Job: Part One

The book of Job is often considered to be a type of wisdom literature, much like Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. It is not known who wrote it or when, nor what time period it covers. Experts disagree whether it is to be taken literally or figuratively. Despite all these unknowns, it is still considered an invaluable resource for discovering the nature of God in light of the suffering of mankind. It also provides a unique look at direct interactions between God and Satan.

The book opens by describing Job, a resident of the land of Uz. There is no record where Uz is located, but many scholars believe it was in the modern Middle East. The whole plot of the story is underpinned by this opening description of Job: blameless and upright, a man who feared God and shunned evil.

Job had a wife, seven sons, and three daughters, and was the richest of all the people of the East. If anyone seemed to have it all, it would have been Job.

After confirming the amazing qualities of Job, the scene shifts to the presence of the Lord. The angels present themselves, as does Satan. The Lord asks Satan where he has been, and Satan rather flippantly replies that he has been roaming back and forth on the earth.

The Lord asks if Satan was aware of Job, the most righteous man on earth. Satan accuses God of making Job’s life so good that he cannot help being that way. Satan tells God that if Job lost his possessions, he would surely curse God. God allows Satan to find out by taking away all of Job’s possessions.

Primary Scriptures:
Job 1-2:6
Story Summary:
God allows Satan to test Job by taking away all he has
In the land of Uz
In the time of Job