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Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job: How the Oldest Book in the Bible Answers Today's Scientific Questions

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Arguably the oldest book in the Bible, the book of Job has a surprising amount to say about some of the newest scientific discoveries and controversies. Far from a book that is just about suffering, Job is filled with rich insight into both ancient and modern questions about
  • the formation of the world
  • the difference between animals and humans
  • cosmology
  • dinosaurs and the fossil record
  • how to care for creation
  • and more
With careful consideration and exegesis, internationally known astrophysicist and Christian apologist Hugh Ross adds yet another compelling argument to the case for the veracity of the biblical commentary on the history of the universe, Earth, life, and humanity. Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job shows that the Bible is an accurate predictor of scientific discoveries and a trustworthy source of scientific information, and that both the book of Scripture and the book of nature are consistent both internally and externally.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801016061
ISBN-13: 9780801016066
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Series: Reasons to Believe

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Author Bio

Hugh Ross (PhD, University of Toronto) is founder and president of Reasons To Believe (www.reasons.org). He is the author of many books, including The Creator and the Cosmos, More Than a Theory, and Why the Universe Is the Way It Is. An astronomer, Ross has addressed students and faculty on over 300 campuses in the United States and abroad on a wide variety of science-faith topics. From science conferences to churches to government labs, Ross presents powerful evidence for a purpose-filled universe. He lives in the Los Angeles area.

Endorsements

This is a brilliant, insightful, and provocative book, filled with nuggets from digging deeply into the hidden treasures of the book of Job. Many of these, of course, are on the topic of science and Scripture from one of the top old-earth creation scientists writing today.
-Norman L. Geisler,
Veritas Evangelical Seminary

Yet another sparkling gem from the treasure house that is the mind of Hugh Ross! A fabulous and typically thoughtful treatment of many vitally important subjects.
-Eric Metaxas

Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job offers surprising and accurate scientific insights few consider. Hugh Ross brilliantly analyzes these details with great scrutiny to highlight the fact that Scripture presents compelling information regarding our greatest scientific complexities. I highly recommend this work for those considering the evidence of the Bible's scientific claims.
-John Ankerberg

Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job is a treasure in and of itself. It is enormously engaging in both its content and its style. It is one of the most up-to-date scientific, as well as biblical, responses in the evolution, creation, young earth debate, yet all offered with clear facts, gentleness of tone, and convincing logic.
-Walter C. Kaiser Jr.,
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Once again, Hugh Ross has provided readers with a resource that is well researched and thoroughly engaging. In Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job, he addresses vitally important topics such as the problem of evil, the relationship between science and faith, the nature of the soul, and key issues related to creation vs. evolution. All of this--plus insightful commentary on Job, one of the most intriguing parts of the Bible--makes the book itself a treasure from one of the church's most gifted apologists.
-Alex McFarland

Reading Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job was jaw dropping. I constantly marvel at the vantage point from which the brilliant mind of Hugh Ross views things, most of which go unnoticed by those of us whose narrow perspective is far more tied to the terrestrial. The sparkling and sometimes mind-warping ideas and thoughts Hugh puts on display made me feel like a little kid whose concept of time, space, creation, and eternity is about as advanced as the Chewbacca action figure I am bringing to show-and-tell.
-Rick Bundschuh,
Kauai Christian Fellowship

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    Luke Nix
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    Hidden Treasure In The Book of Job was quite the enjoyable and exciting book to read. It provides many challenges to the reader: both Believer and unbeliever. Dr. Hugh Ross provides much powerful, scriptural evidence for his specific position on how God created the universe, and much evidence from nature to demonstrate the symmetry between Scripture and what man has discovered in nature. Dr. Ross offers compelling reasons to take the book of Job and its content seriously in one's life. He shows how Job spoke to questions that people have asked for millennia and ones that people have only recently began to ask. He shows how Job recognized his own fallenness and need for a Savior. He offers how Job can be a great example for those who suffer, are searching for truth, or both.

    This book is highly recommended for everyone to read. It is written on a lay level, yet the concepts will challenge even the most educated mind. For both supporters and skeptics (regardless of which kind) of Dr. Ross' creation model, it provides much scientific and scriptural evidence for his position. This book is a great addition to any scientific, theological, or philosophical collection.
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
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    finding scientific truth in the book of Job
    December 17, 2012
    bookwomanjoan
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    Ross is a Christian astronomer who doesn't want to avoid issues of origins. He tackles them head on.

    "What is needed is a strategy of engagement," he writes. "Christians who take the Bible as a trustworthy revelation from God need to study science and engage with scientists at the highest academic and research levels." (12) He encourages Christians to "demonstrate how a creation model provides a more productive stimulus for ongoing research than does naturalism." (12)

    In this book, Ross turns to Job, probably the oldest book in the Bible. "Job helps us resolve nearly all the Genesis creation controversies," he writes. (13)

    That is a tall order and I am not sure he fulfills it.

    Ross addresses several issues as he goes through Job and here are a few.

    One of the most divisive issues among creationists is whether there was animal death prior to Adam and Eve's sin. Ross suggests there was carnivorous activity, based on Job, before Adam's sin.

    Ross challenges naturalistic evolutionary models. He argues that soulish animals, with their innate capacities to serve and please humans, are of supernatural design rather than natural process. He defends the uniqueness of humans among animals, citing scientific studies.

    Ross is an "old earth" creationist. Of papers delivered in 2009 ("year of Darwin"), Ross notes, "They reported, for example, that the scientific case for a long history of life on Earth is now beyond doubt, and so is the historical record of life's progression from simple, small-bodied life-forms to more complex, larger-bodied life forms. How many people realize, however, that this scenario exactly parallels what the Bible teaches? The crucial difference _ The Bible credits God's creative involvement, not just natural processes, for the big changes scientists observe in the record of Earth's life." (124)

    As with prophecy, I am disturbed when the Bible is seen to reveal a concept, after that concept has happened (prophecy) or been discovered (science). I see Ross doing that. An example is dark matter. Ross looks at Job 38:19-20. "God treats darkness as if it is something that resides somewhere in the universe." (61) Ross goes on to write of dark stuff, comprising, scientists say, some 99.73 percent of the universe. Ross finds dark matter referenced in the Bible after its discovery. I would rather see a Christian astronomer predict what will yet be discovered, based on a biblical model.

    Ross has certainly provided material for discussion. He describes himself as a "public advocate for fact based faith." (168) In this era when people of faith are forced to address scientific discovery, Ross's work is very valuable.
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    book is really enlightening, packed full of valuable information. A must read for the truly inquiring mind.
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    inspiring look at science, faith & the book of Job
    October 4, 2011
    Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Dr. Hugh Ross, well known old-earth creationist and president of Reasons to Believe, has given us a gem of a book with "Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job (Baker Books, 2011). The subtitle of the book explains its purpose: "How the oldest book in the Bible answers today's scientific questions."

    Dr. Ross is as well versed in the creation debate today as anyone, and he has devoted time and effort in combating godless, Darwinian evolution and countering the arguments of new atheists. With this book, he unpacks the myriad of ways the book of Job speaks to the question of origins and the meaning of life on earth.

    Job 38 describes God's creative activity directly, and Ross focuses in on this chapter. Yet he also discusses whether leviathan was a dinosaur, and what Job has to say about the extent of the Flood. Suffering, death, unique attributes of humans, the soulish nature of animals, the order of creation-these topics and more are covered.

    As Ross writes, he blends scientific insight (like just why Hurricanes are so beneficial to the climate of Earth), personal anecdotes and devotional thoughts from the book of Job in a fascinating and well-written way. The book is not so much an extended defense of Ross's scientific positions, but a manual filled with interesting tidbits that will get you thinking and encourage you to keep studying, and to mine the book of Job for treasures yourself.

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by Reasons to Believe. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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