Richard L. Smith
WIPF and Stock, 2021
When I ordered Smith’s book, I was anticipating a book similar to other studies of the Old Testament that I had read, such as Getting Involved with God by Ellen Davis.
Smith obviously had read and studied the Old Testament. His Bibliography extends from page 395 to 410 and is a rich resource. Whether he has read all these sources or not, Smith has written a complex book in which he attempts to show the reader how to think biblically.
I first read his chapter on Job, one of my favorite stories (myth?) in the Old Testament. What I read was not new information or insight into the great story of Job, but a complicated vision of the great story.
I appreciate the work of Smith but find his book too verbose for reading it like another study of the OT. However, I think it a fine reference that will help the student of the OT have a better grasp of the OT. Just keep it on your shelf until you have a particular need for information.