A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance
Some years ago we noted the arrival of Christopher Ash’s stunningly good commentary on Job in the Preach the Word series from Crossway (see here). It was quite simply the best reading I’ve done on Job.
Now the same author has released a shorter book with briefer expositions through the entire book of Job. And once again, it is superb. Without doubt the most accessible series of well-informed expositions of Job available. Perfect both for personal reading and for pastoral study and sermon prep.
We find here the work of a wise veteran pastor, of one who knows life and who knows the Scriptures. Ash’s exposition is brief but meaty, profound but accessible, and clear without being simplistic. I can’t think of a better introduction to the book of Job, and Ash rightly reads Job in light of the entire Bible, in light of the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Readers will be instructed, challenged, comforted, and wiser from reading this wonderful exposition.”
Christopher Ash is an astute scholar of the book of Job and a seasoned minister of the gospel. Writing clearly and with great pastoral sensitivity, he leads us through one of the most difficult books of the Bible. Those struggling with Job and its theme of suffering will find much help here.
If like me you have neglected Job, finding it too long and too confusing, knowing that it contains comfort but unsure about how to find it, help is at hand. Christopher Ash unfolds what is tightly packed, unravels what is knotted, and makes plain what is obscure. Immensely helpful and thoroughly enjoyable.
Table of Contents
Outline and Structure of the Book of Job
1 Getting to Know the Book of Job
2 Do We Live in a Well-Run World? (Job 1:1–2:10)
3 Weep with Those Who Weep (Job 2:11–3:26)
4 What Not to Say to the Suffering Believer (Job 4–27)
5 Two Marks of a Real Believer (Job 4–27)
6 Is God for or against Me? (Job 19)
7 Why Will God Not Answer My Question? (Job 28)
8 Why Justification Matters Desperately (Job 29–31)
9 A Surprising New Voice (Job 32–37)
10 The One Who Is God (Job 38:1–42:6)
11 The End Comes at the End (Job 42:7–17)
Postscript: So What Is the Book of Job About?
Note: For excellent Christmastime reading, see also Christopher Ash’s Repeat the Sounding Joy.
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TRUSTING GOD IN THE DARKNESS: A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE BOOK OF JOB, by Christopher Ash