The Biblical Job

A Paragon of Piety and Excellence

Christian - Living
102 Pages
Reviewed on 07/06/2017
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Author Biography

Ronke Ruth Alao is an Associate Pastor at the Grace Outreach Church, London – an established Pentecostal Church in Dartford, Kent. She’s a Bible teacher who is passionate about the Word of God and is involved in teaching, writing books and articles on the subject dear to her heart, which is enriching the body of Christ through revelation of the Word of God. Her two other books continue to bless lives. Ronke is a Solicitor by profession, and she practices in South East London, UK. She’s married and blessed with two children – Fiyinfolu and Ajibola

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Reviewed by Patricia Bell for Readers' Favorite

The Biblical Job (A Paragon of Piety and Excellence) is an excellent summary of the book of Job. Ronke Ruth Alao breaks Job’s loss down into easily understandable parts and summarizes each one. Starting with the loss of his children, and moving on to his health, wealth, wife and friends, each chapter breaks down a portion of Job’s story and compares it to other biblical figures, as well as how each is applicable in Christian life today. Even though Job lost everything he had, he still did not curse God. In the end God gave him exceedingly more than he had lost in the first place.

Ronke Ruth Alao does a fantastic job of breaking down the book of Job into easily understandable portions. With all the loss and rejection, the book of Job can be a hard book to understand. What I like most about this study is that Ronke Ruth Alao gives biblical truths and not half-hearted opinions. She bases her findings on scripture and seems to have done plenty of research on the topic. Further, she not only speaks of Job and his trials, but compares him to other biblical figures who have experienced some of the same type of issues he has. Of course, no one had it as tough as Job, but she easily finds other biblical instances to compare with. The best part of The Biblical Job was when God rebuked his friends and told them to ask Job to pray for them. Who can argue with that? Great work, making a confusing book much more understandable and relatable.

Rich Follett

The Biblical Job: A Paragon of Piety and Excellence by Ronke Ruth Alao is a carefully considered, scholarly, and poignant examination of Job as a metaphor and mentor for modern times. In a series of erudite, concise chapters amply supported by scriptural references, Ronke Ruth Alao examines Job’s losses, griefs, travails, and his personal journey to redemption. Along the way, claims Alao, there are positive and meaningful messages and lessons for each of us trying to weather the storms of modern day existence.

Each of Job’s most significant losses--loss of children, loss of possessions, loss of wealth, loss of health, loss of credibility, friends, and confidence from family members--is examined in compassionate detail and re-framed with an eye for the silver lining. In Ronke Ruth Alao’s expert storytelling hands, Job is a man many times blessed, as are we who face travails in the present day. In the end, says Alao, it is faith that saved Job, and faith that will save us: “In the heat of it all, this noble man did not curse God. He was rather quite philosophical about his predicament, noting that man should not receive good things from God without receiving evil.”

In The Biblical Job: A Paragon of Piety and Excellence, Ronke Ruth Alao expresses Job’s pain in ways that modern readers can easily comprehend and draws astute parallels to modern life so that readers can experience Job’s life as a series of cautionary tales, which inspire even as they teach. Just as there will always be a place for messages of hope, gratitude, and forgiveness in the world, there is a place for The Biblical Job: A Paragon of Piety and Excellence in the library of anyone who believes, as Alao does, that constant faith is its own reward.

Jane Finch

The Biblical Job: A Paragon of Piety and Excellence by Ronke Ruth Alao examines the man Job, looking at his character and the way he deals with things after a series of calamities that brings his comfortable world crashing down around him. The book takes a slightly different approach to understanding the man, rather looking at the way he handled crises and his attitude and responses to his friends and family. Rather than focusing on the experiences that Job had to endure, it examines the way in which he faced them, highlighting above all his reverence for God, despite all that was thrown his way.

This different approach was quite refreshing as it offers a new perspective and gives a deeper picture to the reader of Job’s character. It also reiterates why God had chosen Job in the first place to be blessed, and then why Job was able to face the trials heaped on him. The book is well written, quite intense so perhaps not suitable for everyone, but it might assist theologians or perhaps offer guidance in study groups. Whilst quite a deep work, the reader is led on a journey of discovery of a character well-known in the Bible, but the unusual approach gives an alternative view and, coupled with what is already known about Job, provides further insight into the character and humility of the man. The author, Ronke Ruth Alao, has really provided an insight into Job’s life and is to be applauded for creating a useful tool for those wishing to know more about this man.