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First Book Of The Bible

What is the first book of the Bible?

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\\Cluny: "The lexica are handy tools for amateurs, but are useless for serious study of Biblical languages."

Boy, that was illuminating! Got any other useless contributions?
---jerry6593 on 10/15/10\\

I meant to say the lexica in the back of Strong's concordance.

Sorry.
---Cluny on 10/17/10


Cluny: "The lexica are handy tools for amateurs, but are useless for serious study of Biblical languages."

Boy, that was illuminating! Got any other useless contributions?
---jerry6593 on 10/15/10


Moses described the location of the rivers that came out of the garden of Eden by using the names of places that were commonly known to men of HIS time (i.e. the land of Havilah). A region obviously named after the son of Cush, Havilah, who was born more than 1000 years later.

The author of the book of Job could have been doing the same thing Moses did.
---JackB on 10/14/10


\]\hat Job was from the land of Uz. Strong's Concordance gives the Hebrew equivalent\\

The lexica are handy tools for amateurs, but are useless for serious study of Biblical languages.
---Cluny on 10/14/10


Alan: "We don't know exactly when Job lived"

One clue is given - that Job was from the land of Uz. Strong's Concordance gives the Hebrew equivalent as "Uts, a son of Aram, also a Seirite, and the regions settled by them:" If the land were named for Aram's son, then he would have been the great-grandson of Noah, and first cousin to Eber, the father of the Hebrews.

Thus, it may be that Job was from an area near where Abraham originated, for as you know, place names were generally given for the person who first settled there. And it may be that his story was carried to Cannan by Abraham.

But as for the author of the Book - probably Moses. He chronicled events all the way back to Adam, so why not Job?
---jerry6593 on 10/14/10




catherine:

That might be what he question was INTENDED to read, but that isn't what the question ACTUALLY says - hence, the ambituity over what was intended (and hence the correct answer to it).
---StrongAxe on 10/12/10


The Moderator is correct, because, I believe that the question was suppose to read "what is the oldest book in the Bible"? and many Scholars agree that Job is.
---catherine on 10/9/10


I suppose Genesis has been placed at the the beginning of the Bible, is that the Bible is an explanation of God, and of His dealings with us, and it is a HIstory of the world, to the extent that we need to know it.

The History of the World started with Creation, so that is whay opens the story we are told.

We don't know exactly when Job lived, but it was certainly a long time after Adam & Eve. It's only right that it is placed in the bible at a later point, although it may well have been written before Moses got down to writing the History

I dount if any history book has been written in cronological order, but the earliest events are usually recorded at the beginning.
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/9/10


Question = //What is the first book of the Bible?//

John = //The first book was Job//

Alan = //In every copy of the bible printed world wide, Genesis is the first book//

Cluny = //catherine, you actually think the books of the Bible are arranged in the order of their composition?// The question did not ask about that
---Pedant on 10/9/10


When a book is written before the other, and how the books are lined up one from the other are two separate questions. In order of time no book is before Genesis, the book of beginnings. It could have been written before Exodus or after. Some books do not have a sequence in time, but we can come close due to what's said in the book. The book of Job could have been written by Moses or even Solomon. No author is named. Details of that time, Job's lifespan of nearly 2oo years, the Childeans who murdered Job's servants were nomads and had not yet become city dwellers, Job wealth was measured in livestock rather that gold and silver give some evidence of the time when he lived, but not eact time when written.
---MarkV. on 10/9/10




Yes, the first book in the Bible is Genesis.
But the oldest book written, was surely the book of Job. It is a very ancient book shouded in mystery...nobody knows for sure when or where Job lived. Some say he never did (I don't believe this) and that the book is an allegory.
---Donna66 on 10/8/10


The moderator is correct. The first book was Job.

Many theories on who wrote it. May have been Abraham.
---John on 10/8/10


\\The question asks "What is the first book of the Bible?" and Catherine give the right answer. In every copy of the bible printed world wide, Genesis is the first book\\

As Strong Axe pointed out, the question is ambiguous. It's like asking "What is the One Hundreth and Sixty-sixth Psalm?" While there are only 150 Psalms, both Ps 100 and 66 begin the same way.

But if you asked what is the first book of the New Testament, in printed order, you'd get different answers, believe it or not.

For example, Russian Synodal Bibles put John first, followed by his letters and then Revelation.
---Cluny on 10/7/10


The question asks "What is the first book of the Bible?" and Catherine give the right answer. In every copy of the bible pritned world wide, Genesis is the first book.

Moderator gives a clever answer, because some commentators beleive that Job is the oldest book. If it is, it is still not the first book of the Bible.

Cluny and others who ridicule Catherine are wrong to do so, because she answered the actual question, not some other imagined one.

JackB ... Genesis was written by Moses ... and that was after the Flood, so you've given no evidence to suggest that Job was not written before Genesis.
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/7/10


The question itself is too vague. It depends a lot on just what "first" means in this context. "first" means a particular ordering criterion, but the question doesn't specify which to use. Some that may apply:

1) Traditional Christian bible order: Genesis
2) Traditional Jewish bible order: Genesis
3) Date of composition: probably Job
4) Alphabetical order by book: Acts
5) Alphabetical order by testament: Amos
6) Length of book name: Job

Take your pick.
---StrongAxe on 10/6/10


\\Genesis: "In the Beginning God created..."
---Eloy on 10/6/10\\

Eloy, are you aware that the usual names of the Old Testament, especially the Pentateuch, are taken directly from that Septuagint that you despise so much?

That's NOT what this book is called in Hebrew.

Just wanted to let you know.
---Cluny on 10/6/10


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Genesis: "In the Beginning God created..."
---Eloy on 10/6/10


\\Job!!!!!My Bible says Genesis. And Genesis says, "The beginning of all things". Right up at the top of the page of my Bible....Now, see here, I checked my Bible dictionary and it said that, "Genesis is the FIRST BOOK OF THE BIBLE". Moderator, I must say I am surprise at you.
---catherine on 10/5/10\\

catherine, you actually think the books of the Bible are arranged in the order of their composition?

This is simply not true.

The evidence is that 1 Cor and Revelation are older than the Gospels (for example).

But does it actually matter which book of the Bible is the oldest chronologically?
---Cluny on 10/5/10


Mima ... proof?
---Pedant on 10/5/10


Job!!!!!My Bible says Genesis. And Genesis says, "The beginning of all things". Right up at the top of the page of my Bible....Now, see here, I checked my Bible dictionary and it said that, "Genesis is the FIRST BOOK OF THE BIBLE". Moderator, I must say I am surprise at you.
---catherine on 10/5/10


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I, too, have heard that Job was written by Moses and is the oldest book in the Bible.

I might add that the books of either Testament have never been organized in the order of composition.
---Cluny on 10/5/10


If Im not mistaken the book of Job gives details of the evaporation cycle of water... how it falls as rain, and is taken up again. Ill have to recheck but Im almost positive its in there.

If this is true, Jobs life would be dated after the Flood, since no rain fell upon the earth before it but a mist came up from the ground to water it.
---JackB on 10/5/10


The original question is indefinitely stated and can have different answers based on reader interpretation.

The First Book of the Hebrew Torah is Genesis.

The Oldest book in the Hebrew Tanakh is Job.
---Blogger9211 on 10/5/10


"That is just one view Moderator "
---Pedant on 10/5/10

Yes it is just one view, and that one view is the correct you.


---mima on 10/5/10


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Genesis is the first book in the order it appears in the Bible, but as far as the first book on the date that it was written, I would have to do reserch on that one.
---Leslie on 10/5/10


That is just one view Moderator
---Pedant on 10/5/10


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