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John Collins03/24/2014
Seek The Truth Blog

The book of Job is included in the list of the greatest literature of all time. This book of the Old Testament is written in the form of a didactic poem posing one of the world's oldest questions: Why do the righteous suffer?

The Christian version of this book is written in very simple poetic structure, with chapters 1 and 2 being the prologue. The middle portion of the book is written in open dialog between Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar and later Elihu, and then the dialogue between Yahweh and Job. The last chapter of the book is written as an epilogue, bringing an end to a perfectly-written book that many in the world -- even non-Christians -- are familiar with.

In the Christian version, Job is simply a righteous man that God has allowed Satan to test. But in the Islamic version of this book, Ayyub [Job] is a prophet: 

BEHOLD, We have inspired thee [O Prophet] just as We inspired Noah and all the prophets after him - as We inspired Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and their descendants, including Jesus and Job, and Jonah, and Aaron, and Solomon; 
Quran S-4:163

Interestlingly, Branham also claims that Abraham purchased a burial plot near the location of Job's tomb. While Abraham and Sarah are buried in the Cave of the Patriarchs, very little is known about Job's burial tomb or even Job's lifespan as compared to other Bible fictures. The only piece of information we have the name of the land, Uz, which is mentioned in the book of Job. Uz is identified with Edom in scripture, which lies in southwestern Jordan as compared to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, West Bank.

According to Braham, Job was a prophet whose fame had spread through the land. In his version of Job, the accusers were part of a great number of people that came from the East and the West to hear the Word from the Lord spoken through Job, because his future predictions were accurate. While the Christian Bible focused on the faithfulness of God, The version Branham promoted with elements from Islam was focused upon prophecy. 

As the drama unfolded, Branham claimed that Job tried and was unable to get inspiration.; while Job tried to produce a vision, Satan hindered his ability to peer into the future. In the climax of the story, Job was finally able to put himself out of the way enough to see a vision, and that vision was powerful enough to stop Satan's tormenting. -

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