As per the chronological bible reading order it says that after Genesis 10 we should be reading Job 1-42. But it didn't make sense to me cause the Temanite and Eliphaz doesn’t come into being until after Edom which is in Gensis 36.

Also, if my understanding of bible chronology is wrong please lead me to the correct way of understanding the chronology.

I am using this as the reference → https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-reading-plan/chronological.html

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    Yep, you're correct and you're confusion is warranted. This "chronological" reading plan is confusing because, frankly, it's wrong. Not to insult those with conservative or traditional views. When Job was written (c. late 6th to 5th century bce, maybe as late as the end of the 2nd century bce), the Jews never felt compelled to read it in the middle of Genesis in any way. I'm not Jewish, but if you would like to read the Old Testament stories in a more chronological way, I highly recommend looking up the Jewish ordering. I find that it reads more sensibly than other orderings in many ways.
    – el_maiz
    Commented Apr 27, 2020 at 20:19
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    There is much debate on early Bible Chronology - the reference you quote is one person's opinion; el_maiz has expressed another. I could express a few more.
    – Dottard
    Commented Apr 27, 2020 at 21:58
  • @el_maiz Do you having any links that would show Jewish ordering of the bible.
    – Jeena
    Commented Apr 27, 2020 at 23:11
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    You could try this online Tanakh by the New Jewish Publication Society (NJPS) at taggedtanakh.org/Chapter/Index/english-Gen-1. When you go under "Books" it will list the books in that order (Law, Prophets, Writings). However, even this isn't completely chronological, no single ordering of the Bible is perfect. The books listed first are not necessarily written earliest. And @Dottard has a good point. Everyone has their own opinions, which is why I strongly encourage you to do your own searches on biblical chronology through scholarly sources.
    – el_maiz
    Commented Apr 27, 2020 at 23:27
  • Job = Jacob son of Isaac
    – R. Emery
    Commented May 2, 2020 at 6:36

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They are equating Job with Jobab. While that is a possibility I think its more probable the Job is Jacob

Genesis 10

Joktan was the father of:

Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 29 Ophir, Havilah and Jobab. All these were sons of Joktan.

Note that the list above is in reverse order. Jobab was the first son of Joktan and was born around the same time as Babel was being built


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