The verse in question:

But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God.

Elihu's mini-genealogy is most familial information we're given about anyone in the book. Is there any significance to this? Is this verse's Ram to be identified with Hezron's son?

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The significance is to show that he was a descendant of Avraham.

See Rashi there:

ממשפחת רם. אברהם שנאמר האדם הגדול בענקים (יהושע י״ד:ט״ו) זה אברהם

Of the family of Ram - Abraham, as it is stated (Josh. 14:15): “the greatest man among the Anakim.” This is Abraham.

Likewise, Targum Iyov 32:2 which expressly mentions this.

The term "רם", the Metzudos Dovid explains is because:

כי רם היה מזרע בוז

Because he was "elevated" due to the fact that he was a descendant of Buz

  • You beat me to it!
    – ezra
    Nov 15, 2022 at 23:05
  • Lol sorry @ezra
    – Dov
    Nov 15, 2022 at 23:08
  • Note that Genesis 22:20-21 says Buz was a nephew of Abraham
    – Henry
    Nov 17, 2022 at 9:52

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