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5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent Study
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2019
Michael writes with a powerful and fresh perspective. The reader benefits from his thorough and scholarly research. Read multiple time, each time with a different goal. Read to be introduced to the powerful history of Israel. Then read to learn of the unique personal relationship between creation and creator. Then read to learn the important geneologies of the OT. Each time you will be Blessed!
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2013
Within the first pages of his book, "The epic of God" you begin to see unfold before you not only the setting of the book of Genesis; but also the whimsical manner appears from the writers humor and love of learning and teaching. I must say, I was taken aback at first, for I thought that I'd be reading a book that would immediately begin with Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning...God" and then there following the breakdown of each scripture, word for word. This didn't immediately happen. The pages unfolded a world in which I have never lived; a world of life in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Canaan and the religious world of multiplicity of gods of immoral values created by man!We begin to understand what Moses was up against, and his inspired writings blossom anew at our new insights. For in the beginning "GOD!" who is and ever was, and ever more shall be... I would highly recommend this for the light reader and for the student as well! It will be one I refer to often.
5.0 out of 5 starsHistorical Context Really Makes the Difference
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2013
Every story has a beginning...and the beginning of the Bible, God's story, is something to behold. There are so many twists and turns in Genesis, the book of beginnings, that the story often doesn't go the way you would expect. There's triumph and tragedy. There's faith and failure. There's rebellion and restoration. This story is radical and amazing. According to Michael Whitworth, it may be best thought of as an Epic.
In The Epic of God, Michael has given us a companion study guide that opens us to the world of Genesis by revealing it in its historical context, the Ancient Near East. By explaining customs, laws, and ancient practices, he transports us into life as the patriarchs lived it. We better understand what was important to them, how they lived, and the challenges they faced as they struggled to "exchange their fear for faith." We see how the faith of the patriarchs allowed them to see past adversity and trust in the sovereignty of God.
At the end of each chapter, the author provides thoughts on modern applications for events that happened thousands of years ago and helps us see that ancient events can enlighten us as we chart a course for a life lived by faith. He weaves in humor and human observations along the way that help the book read less like a text book and more like a really good novel. Want to get a better understanding what the ancients thought about the ultra-bad guy, Nimrod from Genesis 10? Michael says to think of a Chuck Norris joke and supply the appropriate punch line. This is just one example of the humor and fresh insight that the author brings to the text.
Whitworth has done his research, which is what makes the book so useful. There are all kinds of footnotes for people who want to dig deeper. But he doesn't present his research in a way that it will go over your head. This book is great for local ministry. Whether you're looking for a resource to help prepare a Bible class or sermon on Genesis; or you just want to know more about God's great epic, this book is what you need.
5.0 out of 5 starsEpic of God, an absolute must read.
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2012
I was introduced to Michael Whitworth several months ago and thank God for His providence in so doing. This is absolutely the finest book I have ever read on the Book of Genesis. Whitworth's depth of knowledge and sprinkling of humor has made this book absolutely one of those, "can't put down" books for me. Michael is able to make the ancient stories live and come out of the pages into your heart. Stories and illustrations your will never forget because of Whitworth's unique style. Michael has intertwined humor, culture, theology and antidotes for a well rounded journey through the first account of man reveal by God in Genesis. I would recommend this book without any reservation at all. I am proud that I have found this author this year. Can't say enough good about this book and Michael Whitworth. This is a must read. I am a preacher of the gospel and find this book to be among my favorites.
Fantastic work Michael Whitworth, to God be the Glory.
I purchased this book some 3 months ago, and have spent the last three months savoring the book on my Kindle. All I can say is that I loved this book. A great "commentary" on Genesis, and, what makes it really useful is the fact, as Gipson Baucom stated above, the practical applications at the end of each chapter. Michael Whitworth's knowledge of the ANE literature, as well as of the Hebrew, adds to the worth of the book, (and thus appeals to the "scholars") but it is written in a very "homey" style in which the reader is sitting in a coffee shop or room and discussing these things with the author. The use of life illustrations helps us connect with his points and helped me see things in the book that may have been hard to understand. Am looking forward to future books from this author!
The first book of the Bible though often over looked and some passages hard to be interpreted is shown by Michael Whitworth to be a worthy and beneficial study.With his down to earth humor yet in depth knowledge of the surrounding times he brings the book of Genesis to life and makes it applicable to the most modern reader.His study of Genesis seems to have a consistent theme throughout,that is,this is Gods story and he uses the weakness and imperfections of men and the unfavorable circumstances of others to his Glory.This book challenges each individual reader to examine their walk of faith and draw nearer than ever before in devotion and reliability on the God of Abraham,Issac ,and Jacob.I recommend that every reader read this book and those not find of readin pick this up and be surprised at the attention grabbing relevancy of this age old story!