Dear 100 Hour Board,
I know our eternal salvation does not depend on this, but I'm curious -- do you think Job was a real person or just an allegory/type/symbol? Can you please tell me why people think he is real? What's the rationale? And why do people think it's just an allegory? What supports that camp?
And again, I know my eternal salvation isn't depended on it -- it's just my non lds friend asked me and it got me thinking.......
It depends on the day.
No, really. Sometimes I've thought he was someone that actually existed. A lot of the stories in the Bible are about real people, so why wouldn't Job be? But on the other hand, what he went through seems kind of extreme and the whole story in general reads more like an allegory. To me it doesn't really matter which I'm preferring at the time as long as I'm learning something from it.