Dating the books of the bible
The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism (2nd Edition ed.).
New Testament Manuscripts: Discovery and Classification. Retrieved May 19, 2013, from The American Thinker: M.
The striking differences in both genre and attitude between the prose prologue and epilogue (Job 1:1-; Job 42:7-17) and the poetic discourses in the middle of the book (Job 3:1-42:6) suggest that an earlier version of a folktale was expanded with the dialogues.
Some scholars point to seemingly different features of the Elihu speeches (Job 32-37) to argue that he was a later addition to the poetic discourses.
Disclaimer and Explanation of Citations and Notations: The evidence here is largely gleaned from Protestant source material (my tradition), and is presented in a way that argues toward Job being an ancient composition (my view); but the evidence also mentions there are numerous other views on this. The Text of the New Testament: It's Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration. Retrieved May 15, 2013, from Duke University Special Collections Library: J. But we do know some things about how the biblical book was written.Scholars are fairly confident that several hands, at least, are responsible for the book of Job.