The Stone and the Glory - by Harris, Gregory H.
The Woodlands, TX: Kress Biblical Resources, 2010. 216 pp.
Reviewed by Tristy Urs, wife of TMS student Devraj Urs
Dr. Harris has a style and approach that brings the scripture to life. If you are not already aware of this, become aware; his studies in scripture are an adventure well worth taking! In The Stone and the Glory I was transported in time to the location of the temple: I could see Abraham approaching Mt. Moriah; I saw the quiet tragedy of God’s glory departing Solomon’s temple; I followed Peter and John (almost hearing what they would have heard in the crowds) as they took the Passover lamb to the temple mount; I observed the Pharisees and Sadducees following their traditions, yet rejecting the very God those rituals spoke about.
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD,
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,
A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
(Isaiah 28:16, NAS)
The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner stone.
This is the LORD’S doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:22–24, NAS)
When I first learned the title of this book I thought it might be an in-depth look at the resurrection. I’d just read The Darkness and the Glory, and it seemed a logical follow-up to have a book on the resurrection—after all, the stone was rolled away on that glorious morning, right?
How myopic were my thoughts and vision! This book is a trip through scripture glorifying Jesus the Stone. I am so thankful that Dr. Harris took me to passages in the Minor Prophets I’d never taken note of before. I was inspired to read whole books like Zechariah with new understanding of the context of the visions. I was also renewed in my determination to read Ezekiel again with hope that I would understand more of the complex imagery. As with The Darkness and the Glory, I found The Stone and the Glory hard to put down (at the expense of my sleep). The Lord Jesus is magnified, and we are edified. What more would I want in a book? It will be well worth a second reading.
Note: Readers may also be interested in The Stone and the Glory Study Guide