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Uz (2)

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( עוּץ , ‛ūc ; Septuagint Αὐσῖτις , Ausı́tis ; Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) Ausitis ): The home of the patriarch Job ( Job 1:1; Jeremiah 25:20 , "all the kings of the land of Uz"; Lamentations 4:21 , "daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz"). The land of Uz was, no doubt, the pasturing-ground inhabited by one of the tribes of that name, if indeed there be more than one tribe intended. The following are the determining data occurring in the Book of Job. The country was subject to raids by Chaldeans and Sabeans (Job 1:15 , Job 1:17 ); Job's three friends were a Temanite, a Naamathite and a Shuhite (Job 2:11 ); Elihu was a Buzite (Job 32:2 ); and Job himself is called one of the children of the East (Ḳedhem ). The Chaldeans (kasdı̄m , descendants of Chesed, son of Nahor, Genesis 22:22 ) inhabited Mesopotamia; a branch of the Sabeans also appears to have taken up its abode in Northern Arabia (see SHEBA ). Teman (Genesis 36:11 ) is often synonymous with Edom. The meaning of the designation amathite is unknown, but Shuah was a son of Keturah the wife of Abraham (Genesis 25:2 ), and so connected with Nahor. Shuah is identified with Suhu, mentioned by Tiglath-pileser I as lying one day's journey from Carchemish; and a "land of Uzza" is named by Shalmaneser II as being in the same neighborhood. Buz is a brother of Uz ("Huz," Genesis 22:21 ) and son of Nahor. Esar-haddon, in an expedition toward the West, passed through Bazu and Hazu, no doubt the same tribes. Abraham sent his children, other than Isaac (so including Shuah), "eastward to the land of Ḳedhem " (Genesis 25:6 ). These factors point to the land of Uz as lying somewhere to the Northeast of Palestine. Tradition supports such a site. Josephus says "Uz founded Trachonitis and Damascus" (Ant. , I, vi, 4). Arabian tradition places the scene of Job s sufferings in the Hauran at Deir Eiyūb (Job's monastery) near Nawa. There is a spring there, which. he made to flow by striking the rock with his foot (Korān 38 41), and his tomb. The passage in the Korān is, however, also made to refer to Job's Well. Compare JERUSALEM .


Talmud of Jerusalem (French translation by M. Schwab, VII, 289) contains a discussion of the date of Job; Le Strange, Palestine under the Moslems , 220-23,427, 515.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Uz (2)'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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