Sherman approaches the beginning of the Bible with an understanding of the modern problem of how one embraces Genesis and the findings of science. The bottom line, he says, is that “In the beginning. . . God.” In discussing Abraham’s calling, Sherman tells us that “When we follow God into hard places and attempt hard things, we meet surprises. When our faith gives way, God comes again.” He shows how the human stories in Genesis, though real, provide us with instruction today. His commentary on God’s name, “I Am,” is insightful. In discussing the Ten Commandments, Sherman reminds us to read them in the light of Jesus, recognizing the way He interpreted them is the way we ought to view them. His treatment of Ruth focuses on how God works in the lives of ordinary people, how God guides the destiny of people towards His desired end. Sherman’s treatment of David, Ezra and Esther are profound, and he concludes this volume by looking at the puzzlement of why good people suffer in his instructive look at Job.
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