An imaginative retelling of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible' by a scholar who dismisses any suggestion that it was dictated to Moses by God in Hebrew or that Moses wrote it but sees it as an edited collection of narratives and laws containing `without error all that God wishes to be recorded for the sake of human salvation' and may be accepted as `a record of the early development of ideas of God in Hebrew thought'. So if that is where you are and what you want this could be for you. Neither a translation nor a paraphrase, its purpose is to open up the biblical text not to be a substitute for it and is best read alongside the biblical stories to see where Ward helps the understanding and challenges the almost universal (but not necessarily the only) interpretations. Just one example of his skill is his capacity to appreciate the truth and reality of a story without recourse to the miraculous or the unbelievable (such as how manna arrived on the ground or water came out of a rock) and to focus not on the miraculous (what God did) but on the interpretation and explanation offered. Read like that Ward's approach provides a pointer as to how we may respond to (rather than explain) much of what is happening around us every day. A very refreshing approach to the Pentateuch.