Easton's Bible Dictionary
(1) The son of Aram, and grandson of Shem ( Genesis
10:23 ; 1
Chronicles 1:17 ).
(2) One of the Horite "dukes" in the land of Edom ( Genesis
(3) The eldest son of Nahor, Abraham's brother ( Genesis
22:21 , RSV).
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
Smith's Bible Dictionary
(1) A son of Aram, ( Genesis 10:23 ; 1 Chronicles 1:17 ) end consequently a grand
son of Shem. (B.C. 2400-2300.)
(2) A son of Nahor by Milcah. ( Genesis 22:21 ) Authorized Version, Huz. (B.C.
(3) A son of Dishan, and grandson of Seir. ( Genesis 36:28 ) (B.C. after 1800.)
(4) The country in which Job lived. ( Job 1:1 ) As far as we can gather, "the
land of Uz" lay either east or southeast of Palestine, ( Job 1:3 ) adjacent to
the Sabaeans and the Chaldaeans, ( Job 1:15 , Job 1:17 ) consequently north of
the southern Arabians and west of the Euphrates; and, lastly, adjacent to the
Edomites of Mount Seir, who at one period occupied Uz, probably as conquerors,
( Lamentations 4:21 ) and whose troglodyte habits are described in ( Job 30:6
, Job 30:7 ) From the above data we infer that the land of Uz corresponds to the
Arabia Deserta of classical geography, at all events to so much of it as lies
north of the 30th parallel of latitude.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
uz (uts 'erets uts; Os, Ox, Ausitis):
(1) In Genesis 10:23 Uz is the oldest son of Aram and grandson of Shem, while
in 1 Chronicles 1:17 Uz is the son of Shem. Septuagint inserts a passage which
supplies this lacking name. As the tables of the nations in Genesis 10 are chiefly
geographical and ethnographical, Uz seems to have been the name of a district
or nation colonized by or descended from Semites of the Aramean tribe or family.
(2) The son of Nahor by Milcah, and older brother of Buz (Genesis 2:21). Here
the name is doubtless personal and refers to an individual who was head of a clan
or tribe kindred to that of Abraham.
(3) A son of Dishan, son of Seir the Horite (Genesis 36:28), and personal name
of a Horite or perhaps of mixed Horite and Aramean blood.
(4) The native land and home of Job (Job 1:1), and so situated as to be in more
or less proximity to the tribe of the Temanites (Job 2:11), the Shuhites (Job
2:11), the Naamathites (Job 2:11), the Buzites (Job 32:2), and open to the inroads
of the Chaldeans (Job 1:17), and the Sabeans (Job 1:15 the Revised Version (British
and American)), as well as exposed to the great Arabian Desert (1:19). See the
(5) A kingdom of some importance somewhere in Southern Syria and not far from
Judea, having a number of kings (Jeremiah 25:20).
(6) A kingdom, doubtless the same as that of Jeremiah 25:20 and inhabited by or
in subjection to the Edomites (Lamentations 4:21), and hence not far from Edom.
James Josiah Reeve
bible commentary, bible reference, bible study, define, history of, uz