If you are looking for a book that will help you understand the history and culture of ancient Israel, buy something else. But if you want to learn how to liken the stories and teachings of the Old Testament to yourself and your family, this is the book. Brent L. Top, associate dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, illustrates principles of eternal import by tracing a thread of ancient covenant-keepers—and a few covenant-breakers—from Genesis to the opening of the Christian era. The messages contained in this book are not only timely, but timeless.
Clearly, the author has learned a lesson from Nephi, who likened all scripture—even very ancient scripture—to himself and his people (1 Ne. 19:23–24; 2 Ne. 11:2, 8). Not everyone would read these stories the way Top does, but, then, that’s the nature of likening the scriptures to ourselves.