The Land of Uz and the Land of Us

Job’s geography speaks to the unchanging nature of biblical truth.

When we read that Job lived “in the land of Uz,” it sounds odd to our modern ears (Job 1:1). Job might as well have lived in the Land of Oz. Our unfamiliarity with Uz makes it easy to dismiss.

The Land of Uz and the Land of Us

(Photo: Mountains of Edom and Arabah from Timna Park. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

The mention of the “land of Uz,” as well as many other geographical references in Scripture, can appear to be throwaway statements.

But they’re not. Not at all. Why?

The land of Uz too closely resembles the land of us.

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