A writer offers the first installment of a two-volume series on Christian exegesis.
In her comprehensive, soup-to-nuts nonfiction debut, Fugate takes readers on a carefully guided tour of the Old Testament from Genesis to the Psalms, tracing a thread of Christian sentiment through the various books of the Hebrew Bible. Each chapter concludes with a catechism of “Deeper Insights” designed to facilitate study and discussion through a series of in-depth questions, ideal for Bible study groups (specific verse references are always provided). Each chapter centers on a different major book or famous event from Scripture, from Adam and Eve to the Great Flood to Sodom and Gomorrah to King David. In each case, the author relates the well-known stories in clear, accessible prose and shores up her readings with copious quotes, both biblical and scholarly. The extent of Fugate’s knowledge and research is evident on every page without being obtrusive, showing a vast amount of preparation without ever feeling intimidating. But the volume has a fairly rocky beginning, with the author making some extremely dubious or downright odd assertions right out of the starting gate, as when she notes that “people flock to the theaters to see science fiction movies about aliens, monsters, witchcraft, and super-heroes” because “we want to believe there is something more than what we can now see.” (Obviously, most people don’t “believe” those films. Or when she asserts: “We are wonderfully made and have been well provided for” (Over 1,500 people die of cancer every day in the U.S. alone). Or, most controversial of all, when she asks her readers: “Why don’t we give the Bible’s theory” of cosmology “a try. What have we got to lose?” (Many believe that life on Earth was not created by magic). But once Fugate is on slightly less dogmatic ground, her confidence as a teacher comes to the fore, and the vast majority of her work should prove invaluable for Christians and students seeking a lucid tour through the Old Testament.
A thorough, scripturally literate Christian reading of the Old Testament.