Can someone tell me how long it was between when Job first started experiencing bad things until God turned things around for the better for Job?
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The events of Job 1 say "in that same hour", so that chapter appears to have occurred at the same time. Job 2 occurs at the next meeting between God and the Accuser, but there is no mention of the frequency with which those occurred. But, Job 2 says:
There is nothing in the text to indicate anything other than nine speeches one after the other, followed by God's intervention. While there is clearly a gap between Job 1 and 2, really, one can only say "a little more than a week" from the text.
That said, historically, Job has been lumped not with the historical books, but rather with the Ketuvim- the "writings." Unlike say, Judges, Job has no historical dating, and does not make any claim to be a record of things that actually occurred. (And please note: I read the Bible very literally!) And, given its position in the literary section of the Bible, it is thus under no compunction to be a record of actual events. Some scholars place Job very early in ancient history.
As there is no tie to any events, it is impossible to say anything beyond the events mentioned in the book. The series of speeches would indicate some time, but beyond that, it would be like asking how long Romeo had been asleep when Juliet had her little drinking problem.
In the the Zohar (Kabbalah) Pinchas page 231a the meetings between God and the accuser are said to have taken place on the Day of Judgement, which is the Jewish new year, which would mean the meetings were every year.
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i found this on Wikipedia
hence it could have been in as little as 10 days. (plus a bit).
i believe that is supposed to be "seven".
and from "Eduy. ii. 10" ( no clue what that is - link here )
According to biblical scholars who include James Glentworth Butler, The Bible-Work: Old Testament, Vol. 4- Job suffered approximately 60-80 years- the equivalent of our contemporary lifespan. Susequently, that time, added to 140 yrs referenced in the scripture, excluding his tribulation yrs, would mean that Job lived to be about 200 yrs old.