Ecclesiastes authorship and dating
Psalms, for example, was written by a variety of authors and spans at least several generations beginning with David.Job seems to relate very early events - well before the Davidic kingdom (although it was most probably written down in Solomon's day) - and so is placed with the "wisdom literature" after the books of Samuel and Kings.Ancient versions and modern translations consistently entitle this book after Ruth the Moabitess heroine, who is mentioned by name 12 times (1:4 – ).Only two Old Testament books receive their names from women, Ruth and Esther.
There is not a shred of archaeological or historical evidence, outside of the Bible, that this is even true! You would think that if a people spent 40 years wandering around in the desert they'd leave some archaeological evidence? There's no evidence that somebody named Moses even existed.
These books portray real human experience, and grapple with profound problems, and express big realities. 2:3-6 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job?
Especially to they concern themselves with the experiences of the godly, in the varying vicissitudes of this changeful life which is ours under the sun … The Historical—relates to Israel’s national development and life. For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil.
Here are a few salient things that we do know more or less for certain: the Pentateuch was written first (by Moses, ca. C., I would say), and Revelation was written last (by John, ca. D., I would say; see the link), so that our English Bible order of the very first and last parts of the Bible is indeed chronological.
For many of the books of the Bible we are only able to give approximate dates.