Hugh RossBaker Books / 2013 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$13.994.5 out of 5 stars for Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job: How the Oldest Book in the Bible Answers Today's Scientific Questions. View reviews of this product. 7 Reviews
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DJ5 Stars Out Of 5very interesting readJuly 17, 2020DJInteresting to see how much insight Job gives to the creation story to supplement the Genesis narration
Jamie MGender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5Helpful But Not Entirely ConvincingNovember 20, 2019Jamie MGender: MaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3One of Dr. Ross' easier-to-read books. He interacts with the book of Job and discoveries of modern science in ways that are new and insightful. For example, the mention in Job of a water cycle (which the author believes dates back to the days of creation), the evidence for a worldwide (but not global) flood, the discovery of darkness (in the cosmos) as a physical property rather than being the absence of light, and evidence supporting a clear differentiation between humans and other animals, which is at odds with the evolutionary notion of common descent. Ross cites from his earlier books when it is helpful, and I enjoyed the way he included personal stories, ministry experiences and past debates at the beginning of most chapters.
While I appreciate the connections Dr. Ross attempts to make between Scripture and science, some of his conclusions seemed to me a bit of a stretch, especially his assertion that portions of Job 37-39 reveal aspects of creation days 5-6. Comparing some of his charts and conclusions with the Scripture references cited left me feeling unconvinced and that there was more eisegesis (reading into the text) than exegesis happening at various points. Still, a worthwhile read in terms of gleaning possible ways God might have spoken through Job, not only to his original audience but to those living well beyond his time.
Luke NixMoore, OKAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent bookAugust 1, 2013Luke NixMoore, OKAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Hidden 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.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5finding scientific truth in the book of JobDecember 17, 2012bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Ross 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.
kittyPrince Edward Island, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5May 18, 2012kittyPrince Edward Island, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4book is really enlightening, packed full of valuable information. A must read for the truly inquiring mind.