We all love a good story. The Torah, or Pentateuch, is regularly defamed as ""law."" Actually, it's a saga about our search for happiness and how the God of the Bible fits into it. Lacing legal material into narrative punctuated with poetry, the Torah contrasts two provocative personalities named Abraham and Moses. Fascinating and fickle, their adventures portray two visions of approaching God. The Torah was written to render a verdict on who is the best model. This book demonstrates that Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy are a unified narrative, framed as contrasting biographies, proclaiming a coherent message. It surveys each book's structure and themes to determine its argument and then articulates the Torah's message for people of all time, its vision of human happiness. It establishes that the Torah is the core of the Jewish and Christian Bibles and shows how the rest of the Bible elaborates its message. Ending with suggestions to help you read it, this book is your invitation to the Torah.
George Van Pelt Campbell is Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies and Sociology at Grove City College, PA, and a popular lecturer. He specializes in Old Testament, Torah, and sociology of religion. His book Everything You Know Seems Wrong (2005) analyzes globalization's challenges for cultures and faith communities. He is a founding board member of Harvest Bridge International. Derek Van Pelt Campbell has been in pastoral ministry for over a decade.