[quote="Judas_Thaddeus, post:1, topic:342129"]
I here ever so often that the Book of Job is the OLDEST book in the Bible, is that truly so?
If such is the case, I then ask again to double check: Is the Book of Job older even than the Torah?
My Interpreters Commentary on the bible dates Job at 6th-3rd centuries BC (p. 239) , and my Jerome Biblical Commentary sets it more likely at the first half of that time frame around 600-450 BC (p. 512). Jerome gives the date of Hosea at about 750 BC, (p. 253), Amos "probably before 750" BC (p. 245) and Nahum (around 650 BC) (p. 293). As for the Pentateuch/Torah, dating that depends on the time periods you assign to the Jahwist (J), Elohist (E), Deuteronomic (D) and Priestly (P) contributions; the J-narratives appear to have been codified about 10th century BC, the E-narrative post 922 BC, the D-narrative in the first half of the 7th century BC, and the P-narrative around 500 BC (p. 3-4).
I don't know if this is useful, but there's a simplified wiki on "Dating The Bible" which may be of some help here, because this is an enormously complicated problem (little bits of books and traditions and narratives spring up everywhere, and it is tortuously difficult to assign hard and fast dates to any of this stuff). It is here:
There is a lot of controversy about this, and scholars have been haggling over this for centuries. But it seems clear the Biblical Scholars would say that Job is not the oldest book of the Bible, it being predated by much of the Pentateuch and several other Old Testament books.