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The ancient kingdom of Edom, sometimes identified with Uz, is approximately the darkened area.

The Land of Uz is a place mentioned in the Old Testament, most prominently in the Book of Job, which begins, "There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job." [1]


The name may refer to one of the three men named Uz who are mentioned in the Bible.[2]

The word may also be related etymologically to the word oz, meaning 'east'. In the Book of Job (1:3), Job is described as "the greatest of all the people of the East."


Uz is sometimes identified with the kingdom of Edom, roughly in the area of modern-day southwestern Jordan and southern Israel.[3] Lamentations 4:21 reads, "Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz."[4]

Other locations proposed for Uz include Bashan in modern-day southern Syria/western Jordan, Arabia east of Petra,[5] or even modern-day Uzbekistan. [6]


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  1. Job 1:1
  2. Gen. 36:28; Gen. 22:21; Gen. 10:23
  3. "The Land of Uz" WebBible Encyclopedia
  4. lam. 4:21
  5. "Where Was Uz?" by Wayne Blank, Daily Bible Study
  6. "Uzbekistan Is Book of Job Land of Uz Where Ice Age Climate Explains the Environment Described" by James I. Nienhuis, Dancing from Genesis

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