Job 2

11 The time of Job's life is widely discussed. Job had a very long life span (Job 42:16), so some would suggest that he lived very early after the Flood, when life spans were much longer. However, it is important to note that Eliphaz was from Teman, a city in Edom named after Esau's grandson. It was noted for its wise men (Jer 49:7), of which Eliphaz was one. Unless there was another city like this, we would have to conclude that the events in this book take place at least several generations after Esau. Since neither the Mosaic Law nor Israel is mentioned, it is likely that these events happened before the time of Moses. Thus, the probable dating for these events is between 1900 and 1500 B.C. Job's great age can be accounted for as a special blessing from God.