J. Christiaan Beker (1924-1999) was professor of biblical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1966 to 1995. His other books include Paul the Apostle and The Triumph of God.
Fred B. Craddock
"Beker has turned to the Scriptures with his questions not simply because that is his area of expertise, but because the Scriptures reflect the same tensions which the author experiences: between suffering and hope, between trust in a good Creator and the fact of immense pain everywhere. As does the Bible, Beker stands squarely before God when thinking about both light and darkness, both good and evil. And on every page the author appeals to that desire in all of us to avoid both cynicism and na ve credulity."