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The following letters were sent to me at my request so I could use them here. I knew how these people felt about Job and Isaiah and thought their opinions might help. If anyone else would like to contribute, I would appreciate it.
To: Keith's Friends
I love the Bible. At last count I had 27 different translations and versions, not counting my CD-ROM collections.
In my studies I search for types and shadows of Jesus Christ and it is my greatest joy to find something new.
I must admit that the Book of Job simply puzzled me. Yes, we learn about the patience of Job, but what else is going on? Why did Job 4:10 use the five different words for lion as did the Messianic prophecies of Genesis 49:9? Why did Job 3:24 echo the words of Psalm 22 which prophetically tells of Christ's suffering on the cross including the words, "poured out like water"? Over and over I found words that pointed to Christ but I could not make sense of the typology. I marked the verses and put the book away until I could attain some understanding.
Then I made the acquaintance of Keith Hepworth and his book about Job and the Atonement of Christ. Oh what sweet insights I found! Over and over again, Keith points out in Job the type of the Savior's suffering on the cross. By checking the Jewish Publication Society of America, Keith discovered that Job 6:27 reads "ye would even cast lots over the fatherless."
If Abraham was given the test of sacrificing his son, what test could God have devised for his Beloved Son? Keith's work on the Book of Job will bring you a deeper understanding of the great faith and faithfulness of Christ. I have come to know the Lord Jesus Christ better because of what I learned from Keith Hepworth.
I am so grateful that Keith has played his part in this incredible age of enlightenment when it was promised us that "the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." (Habakkuk 2:14, Isaiah 11:9) The Book of Job has been opened to my understanding through Keith's study. May God bless him!
Former host of religious radio program, "Time of the Signs," KTTK Radio, Salt Lake City, Utah: and author of an upcoming book on the Red Heifer.
The book of Job has always been a wonderfully, fascinating book. It took on new meaning several years ago when I visited a metal finishing shop. Iím a curious person by nature and saw a row of religious books. I picked up the Bible and it opened to Job, but the name of Job was crossed out and the name of Jesus Christ was written across the top. I waited for the right moment to ask Keith why this was done.
Now no one would call me a scholar. I have always struggled with book learning. But I love the scriptures. Iíve read the entire standard works of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints eight times, out loud, every word. I read like this every day. This includes the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. Iíve visited Israel. It is in my heart to think on these subjects.
Iíve reviewed several manuscripts written by Keith called, The Book of Job and the Atonement. I was fascinated by this concept. Now, after much study, I truly cannot see Job without seeing the life and atonement of Jesus Christ. Whether Job was a person or this story is a gift from the Father or both, I do not care. I care that Job points to Christ.
Now I understand better who will be my Judge. That I will stand before Him utterly without pride because this Judge lost all things, His followers and His God. He went out of this life, in a way, accursed, as the Old Testament reads, naked both literally and figuratively.
All of this is in the Book of Job, a witness that Jesus is the Messiah, our very Christ, accepted and loved by all those who seek the Father.
I love truth wherever I can find it, I love it when someone leads me to new understandings and concepts, I file them all and try to make sense of what I have been presented. This overlay of my Savior, across the experience of a man named Job let me explore a wonderful depth of the Atonement. I invite those who love the Master Jesus Christ, to explore and enjoy Keith's insights.
At long last I have finished reading (painstakingly studied is a more apt term) your fine work on Job and the Atonement. Although I was familiar with portions of it from reading previous editions, I found it highly informative and enlightening. As a result of your careful work and scholarly presentation, I will read scriptures in the future (especially those that employ extensive metaphors) with a much sharpened discernment. Your case that Job is a metaphor for Christ's suffering on the cross, physically, psychologically and emotionally, is a compelling one. Your observation that evidence of Christ's messianic divinity has been available to Jews in their own Bible is vital. One hopes their eyes will be opened soon and that they can benefit from this discovery, which would have "earth shaking" ramifications for them.
I have written in a few interpretations I reached as I studied the scriptures and your cogent annotations. Also I wrote in a few minor corrections and suggestions, although few were needed because of the excellent quality of your work. My congratulations for a superb job. I do hope it can be disseminated widely.
Love and best wishes,
Note: Dean H Hepworth is my older brother. I asked him to review my book and make suggestions. He is now retired from Arizona State University and the University of Utah where he was a professor in the School of Social Work. He lives in Phoenix Arizona.
I have read the materials that Mr. Hepworth has written on various books of the Old Testament. I have found them to be very informative and helpful in my studies of the scriptures. He has made the obscure easier to understand than ever before, and consequently easier to remember. I am impressed that the has spent so many thousands of hours in his study of the scriptures. He is well versed in Doctrine and history and he is able to connect this together. I will surely use his commentary on Isaiah in all of my studies of that book. I enjoy reading his comments and insights. They can prove helpful to anyone yearning to better understand the stories and characters of the Bible. I especially have been impressed by his ability to show that most scriptures tell of Jesus Christ and his mission.