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A New Light Dawns!



The Daughters

  of Job 

 a Charismatic Tradition

    The artistic picture above is drawn or painted of the Patriarch Job, his wife, and the three counsellors or wise men with whom he debates throughout the 42 chapters of the Book of Job, which appears in the Old Testament of the King James Bible after the book of Esther and just previous to the Book of Psalms.

    Until modern times and intensified form criticism by modern theologians the Book of Job was considered to be one of the oldest books in the Bible because it was not seen as an allegory but as a literal historical account of a time before Moses and even perhaps before the Flood of Noah, because it begins with a time during which Satan is accepted as a Son of God and is alllowed to roam about the earth and tempt people as the Ruler of this Earth. And was still allowed in heaven as the representative of this earth.

     However, allegorically at least, Satan still occupies that position today, so this is far from being conclusive as to when and where Job was written, as modern theologians are aware.  So now it is thought to be of Persian origin, and its theology is seen to be basically Zoroasterism, not Jewish.  It is not accepted as part of the Torah but is located appropriately beside Esther, another Bible book with a Persian background.

    Job 1:6 "Now there came a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came among them."

     7 "And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou?  Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."

     8 "And the Lord said unto Satan, hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?"

    This book is designed or written as a debate, or perhaps a drama or play, and is quite unlike all of the other books of the Bible, which may be why the Jews have decided to keep it, to provide some variety and to continue the debate on the subjects presented.   Although the arguments presented are not always consistent with surviving Jewish theology.

    One cannot, for example, relate Job to any of the other Bible Patriarchs in any meaningful way.   And Satan plays a much bigger role here than anywhere else in the Jewish Old Testament Bible.

     The New Testament, however, is another matter.  And Satan plays a much larger role as the major adversary to Jesus, who is presented as the one who will win back the earth for God, although in Job, God never really lost the Earth, Job, having survived his TESTS if not spotless, at least still judged as God's representative at that time.

    Factoring in the later additions to the doctrine of Satan and the continuing war of God against Evil, Light against Darkness, Christ against Satan, we have now this scenario, not fully developed when Job was composed, somewhere in Persia, by an unknown Persian author.

Satan as one of God's sons or angels, is allowed to tempt people and angels in both heaven and on earth. Satan or Lucifer causes  war in heaven, and God's unique Son, Jesus Christ, casts Satan out of heaven. He takes 1/3 of angels with him. Rev. 12 Satan, no longer allowed in heaven, arrives on earth and tempts Adam and Eve, newly created, to join his revolt.


Satan, now that he lives only on earth, is associated with snakes, and uses a serpent to tempt Eve in the Garden of Eden. Jesus, God's only begotten Son (John 3:16) is tempted by Satan, who offers Him God's world back, if he will worship him. Jesus, who defeated Satan on the cross, lives in heaven.  Satan lives in this palace under the earth. 

Job, the Perfect Man

Survives His Test by SATAN

    Job 1:1 "There was a man in the land of Uz (a part of northern Arabia), whose name was Job: and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil."

    2 "And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. 3 "His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east."

    4 "And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and drink with them."

    5 "And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that one of my sons has sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.  Thus did Job continually."

   It's at this point that the author of Job introduces the word-picture of Satan showing up in heaven, claiming by his actions to be master of the entire earth, and God protests that the existence of Job on earth shows this is not really the case.  The Pilgrim Bible suggests  that this is really a drama or play written in poetry, and it was written to consider the problem of "Why do the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper?"  I'll note here that many of David's Psalms are obviously dealing with this same ethical and religious problem.
     9 "Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?"

   10 "Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land."

    11 "But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face."

    12 "And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand.  So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord."

    13 "And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:  14 "And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: 15 "And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only have escaped alone to tell thee."

    16 "While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them, and I only am escaped alone to tell thee."

    17 "While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camnels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee."

    18 "While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:  19 "And behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead, and I only am escaped alone to tell thee."

    Job 1:20 "Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped."

     21 "And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

    22 "In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly."

 Job 2:1 "Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also to present himself  before the Lord."

   2 "And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."

   3 "And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrety, although thou movest me against him, to destroy him without a cause."

   4 "And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.  5 "But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. 6 "And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life."

    7 "So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.  8 "And he took him a potsherd (broken pottery) to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes."

     Pictured here also is Job's wife, who was of no more help to him than his other supposed friends and advisors, who became known sarcastically as "Job's Comforters".  Her advice in verse 9 "--Dost thou still retain thine integrety? Curse God, and die."

     Now I'll not subject my viewers to the 40-chapter long religious debate or play about what this all means, and decide whether or not the question of "Why do the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper?" is any closer to being satisfactorily answered by the existence of the Book of Job, but will zoom to the end of the debate or drama, which is as follows:

     Job 42:12 "So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses."

     13 "He had seven sons and three daughters.  14 "And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch."

     15 "And in all the land were no women found SO FAIR as the DAUGHTERS OF JOB: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren."

     16 "After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his son's sons, even four generations.  17 "So Job died, being old and full of days."

THE PILGRIM STUDY BIBLE comments about Job giving his later-life daughters an inheritance like his sons (verse 15) "This was most unusual, except in cases where there were no sons."

I'm seeing an even more significant meaning here, and that is this -- because no marriages and grandchildren are mentioned here for these daughters, one can assume they were Prophetesses, celibate females who dedicated their lives wholly to the Lord.  Which also may be why their names are given us.  They may have been famous in their time, not thought of as "ordinary people" at all!

      And that appears to have been what the Essenes at Qumran thought also, because that idea fit right in with their lifestyle.   And indeed there are some of the Dead Sea Scrolls that can be interpreted to mean that these Daughters of Job were the first to speak in ecstatic tongues, the so-called language of heaven, that only God and the angels understand, unless someone, with the Holy Spirit's help, is able to interpret.

     This may be what Paul, who most certainly knew a lot about the Essenes, was referring to in 1 Corinthians 14:2 "For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him: howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.  5 "I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh in tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying."

Testament of Job
    The pseudepigraphical  Testament of Job (ca.100BCE-100AD) contains a conclusion which is believed to relate to the compiling of the hymnbook used by a Tharapaeutae  community.  Job gives one of his daughters "a cord" (a stringed instrument of some kind?)
   "And she took on another heart—no longer minded toward earthly things— but ecstatically in the angelic dialect, sending up a hymn to God in accord with the style of the angels. And as she spoke ecstatically, she allowed “The Spirit” to be on her garment." (T. Job 48:2-3)
     Job’s other daughters likewise took on “the dialect of archons”, “the dialect of those and the “dialect of the cherubim” (T. Job 49:1-50:3). The “cherubim” are also mentioned Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice as blessing God (4Q403 1 2, 15, cf. 4Q405 20 2, 3). These angelic tongues appear to be coherent, intelligible.
     There is parallel description of sung prophecy among the Therapeutae in Alexandria by  Philo, but no mention there of angelic tongues.

Another more commonly known about Dead Sea Scroll that uses the same "angelic Tongues" terminology is the one titled ---

Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice

The texts are fragmentary but appear to relate to

praise tongues:


[...] through the wonderful height [...] tongue of purity [...] gods (~yhla), seven [...] 4Q400 3 i, 1-2  ...Psalm of praise, on the tongue of the fou[rth]...[Ps]alm of [tha]nksgiving, on the tongue of the fifth...[Psalm] of exultation, on the tongue of the sixth...Psalm of [singing, on the to]ngue of the seventh of the [chief] pri[nces,] a powerful song [to the God] of ho[lines] with its se[ven] wo[nd]er[ful songs] 4Q403 1 i, 1-6  Proclaim his glory with the tongue of all who proclaim knowledge, his wonderful songs with the mouth of all who proclaim [him. For he is] God of all who sing {knowledge} for ever, and Judge in his power over all the spirits of understanding. 4Q403 1 i, 36-37 

...The tongue of the first will be strengthened seven times with the tongue of the second to him....{this is repeated for the series up to the seventh}... 4Q403 1 2, 27-30  It is not clear whether the angelic tongues are coherent, intelligible to man. However since Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice is itself related to sung praise at the Qumran community, there is a parallel with coherent angelic praise tongues in

 Testament of Job.

pThe "Daughters of Job" in Masonic Lodges

although Christian churches have not as yet "discovered" the full potential for young girls, teenagers, and their mothers inherent in taking literally the possibilities for their gender in Job 42:13-15, the Masonic Lodges have. 


What does this all mean for you as a


  That's hard to say!  But Dr. Holt, who has made repeated trips over many years time to Qumran and the Dead Sea Scroll area and caves -- and knows they are real, and that the Essenes were real, and more important yet to him, knows that Jesus was born 1 Km. south of the Qumran monastery, it MEANS THAT in all likelihood --

the local shepherds in the Qumran area were serenaded by the Essene equivalent of the

Daughters of Job

singing in ecstatic tongues

quite similar to what is heard in many Pentecostal churches today

at the birth of Jesus Christ!


On November 8, 2014 Pastor Erin Miller of the Foster Seventh-day Adventist Church recognized some similarities of her fellow church members with the 400 persons who gathered to meet the fleeing David at the Cave of Adullam.

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