|Execration texts on pot sherds. |
Berlin, SMB-PK, Egyptian Museum Inv. no. P. 14.517
Anderson noted in his commentary on Job that:
The name [Job—EL] is attested several times throughout the second millennium BC as an old Canaanite name sometimes borne by royal personages. It occurs in an Egyptian execration text of the nineteenth century BC…. Later the Ugaritic ayab agrees with the South Canaanite name A-ya-ab in Amarna letters. 4.This reference fits perfectly with W. F. Albright’s explanation that Job’s name originally meant “Where is (my) Father?” since Job had no genealogy or paternal father.5.
- 1. I. E. S. Edwards; C. J. Gadd; N. G. L. Hammond. The Cambridge Ancient History: Early History of the Middle East. (Cambridge University Press, 1971), 494.
- 2. Geraldine Pinch, Magic in Ancient Egypt, 1st University of Texas Press Ed edition (Austin, Tex.: University of Texas Press, 1995), 92ff.
- 3. Edwards, Gadd, and Hammond, Cambridge Ancient History, 508.
- 4. Francis I. Andersen, Job, Tyndale Old Testament Commentary (Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2008), 78.
- 5. Hartley, John E. The Book of Job (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1988), 66; Anderson, Job, 78.