In what time periods in the ancient Near East was the satanology of Job prevalent? (I.e. problems on Earth were a trial by the prosecutor.)
This is just out of curiosity trying to find scholarly evidence for the date of composition of the book, given there are no internal clues to an historical timeframe of the events depicted. I know that by the first century BCE the contemporary view that Satan is an independent agent of evil was more prevalent, but when did this change occur and how? The question would be more appropriately categorized in literature, but folks browsing those questions don't know as much about ancient literature as those browsing religion. References would be appreciated for further study, but again, this is just curiosity, not for any particlar course.