The book of “Why me Lord.” The timing of the writing of Job appears prior to the conquest of Canaan but there is no definitive date know and the authorship of Job is unknown, as well. Based on the Hebrew Canon, there are the categories Law, Prophets (former and latter) and Writings and Job is listed as a Writing. In the English Bibles Job is listed as one of the five poetic books, along with Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs. The purpose of the books of poetry were to express emotion, (to stimulate a readers response), facilitate worship (easy to memorize) and instruct in wisdom (teach us how to live a good godly life). So, Job is one of the books of poetry but also wisdom-based. The book of Job shows us a man who was suffering, not from his sins, but in hopes that others would learn from his experience. Job was presented as a model of righteousness. Satan was allowed to take everything from him except for his health, and then to test him a little further, Satan was then allowed to take his health. As others rebel against God, Job stands firm to his beliefs. His friends assume he had sinned since he was suffering but Job knew better. Job wanted a change to comfort God to prove his accusation of sin but God didn’t give him the explanation for his suffering. Job knew that God permits suffering to expand our faith. Jobs health is restored (from having faith) and he is rewarded even more by becoming a priest but his 3 friends are condemned for not believing and having faith. Hopefully we learn that we do not have to understand God’s actions upon us but we continue to have faith that he is the ultimate provider and we should trust in everything he says and does.