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Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job: How the Oldest Book in the Bible Answers Today's Scientific Questions (Reasons to Believe) Hardcover – October 1, 2011

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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
dinosaurs and the fossil record
global warming and 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 the book of Scripture and the book of nature are consistent both internally and externally.|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.

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Ancient answers to modern scientific questions

"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, New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

"This is a brilliant, insightful, and provocative book, filled with nuggets from digging deeply into the hidden treasures of the book of Job."--Norman L. Geisler, Distinguished Professor of Apologetics and Theology, Veritas Evangelical Seminary

"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, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show

"This book is an elegant explanation of how Scripture, the scientific facts of nature, and the tragedy of human suffering all point people to God. It's sophisticated and simple and arguably groundbreaking. I can't wait to use it in the classroom."--Sarah Sumner, dean, A. W. Tozer Theological Seminary

"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., president emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

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Product Details

  • Series: Reasons to Believe
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801072107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801072109
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job (hereafter HTBJ) by Hugh Ross provides unique insight into one of my favorite books of the Bible, Job. Rather than approaching this book as a treatise on the problem of pain, Hugh Ross dives into it in search of scientific truths. What he finds is surprising.

Ross begins with an exhortation to Christian leaders to stop avoiding the issue of Creation and to come up with a reasonable "strategy of engagement. 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). I pray Ross's words will not fall on deaf ears.

Ross goes on to point out the historical backdrop of the book. The debaters present, Job, Eliphaz, Zophar, and Bildad were "likely the intellectual powerhouses of their day..." (28). Along with Elihu, who most likely recorded the book, they comprise the major characters. Interestingly, Eliphaz was named as a Temanite. Teman, Ross points out, "was famous in the ancient world for its exceptionally wise scholars" (28). Contrary to some who may accuse Ross of demeaning the historical value of Scripture, it is clear that he affirms the historical realism of the Book of Job.

Interestingly, HTBJ doesn't start with the scientific questions; it dives in to "timeless questions" about God. Ross points out answers given throughout Job about the reason for death (39-40), the shorter lifespans of humans (40-41), blessings for the wicked (43ff), and more. He provides an argument about what is often called "natural evil.
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The book of Job has long been a book that most Christians tend to avoid reading. Although deep in its theology about pain and suffering and God's providence, the book of Job is a "downer" book compared to many others in the Bible. Most people quit reading long before the point at which God answers Job and his three "friends."

Dr. Hugh Ross of Reasons To Believe has examined the book of Job from a scientific perspective, pulling out the content that God Himself related to Job and His friends about His creation. In no uncertain terms, God told Job and his friends that they didn't know what they were talking about and proceeded to give them an advanced lecture on creation. Why isn't this information widely distributed on creationists websites? For the most part, God's description of His creation does not match the standard young earth paradigm, which atheists love to criticize. So, Hidden Treasures in Job is "dangerous" to both young earth creationists and atheists, since it directly confronts their theology.

For example, God tells us in the book of Job that the stars were in existence before the foundation of the earth, negating Michael Shermer's complaint that Genesis has them created at the same time. In addition, it tells us why the earth was dark in Genesis 1:2--God had created it surrounded by thick clouds that prevented the Sun's light from shining on the "surface of the deep." Job also addresses the atheists' problem with the creation of plants on day 3 "before the creation of the Sun." In addition, Job, along with Psalm 104, clearly shows that the flood was local in geography (though universal in judgment). Job also contradicts the young earth doctrine (though not universally held) that no rain had fallen on the earth before the flood.
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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 ...
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