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God Behaving Badly: Is God in the Old Testament Angry, Sexist & Racist?

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God has a bad reputation. Many think of God as wrathful and angry, smiting people right and left for no apparent reason. The Old Testament in particular seems at times to portray God as capricious and malevolent, wiping out armies...


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God has a bad reputation. Many think of God as wrathful and angry, smiting people right and left for no apparent reason. The Old Testament in particular seems at times to portray God as capricious and malevolent, wiping out armies and nations, punishing enemies with extreme prejudice. But wait. The story is more complicated than that. Alongside troubling passages of God's punishment and judgment are pictures of God's love, forgiveness, goodness and slowness to anger. How do we make sense of the seeming contradiction? Can God be trusted or not? David Lamb unpacks the complexity of the Old Testament to explore the character of God. He provides historical and cultural background to shed light on problematic passages and to bring underlying themes to the fore. Without minimizing the sometimes harsh realities of the biblical record, Lamb assembles an overall portrait that gives coherence to our understanding of God in both the Old and New Testaments.^^But wait. The story is more complicated than that. Alongside troubling passages of God's punishment and judgment are pictures of God's love, forgiveness, goodness and slowness to anger. How do we make sense of the seeming contradiction? Can God be trusted or not? ^^David Lamb unpacks the complexity of the Old Testament to explore the character of God. He provides historical and cultural background to shed light on problematic passages and to bring underlying themes to the fore. Without minimizing the sometimes harsh realities of the biblical record, Lamb assembles an overall portrait that gives coherence to our understanding of God in both the Old and New Testaments.^^
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God has a bad reputation. Many think of God as wrathful and angry, smiting people right and left for no apparent reason. The Old Testament in particular seems at times to portray God as capricious and malevolent, wiping out armies and nations, punishing enemies with extreme prejudice. But wait. The story is more complicated than that. Alongside troubling passages of God's punishment and judgment are pictures of God's love, forgiveness, goodness and slowness to anger. How do we make sense of the seeming contradiction? Can God be trusted or not? David Lamb unpacks the complexity of the Old Testament to explore the character of God. He provides historical and cultural background to shed light on problematic passages and to bring underlying themes to the fore. Without minimizing the sometimes harsh realities of the biblical record, Lamb assembles an overall portrait that gives coherence to our understanding of God in both the Old and New Testaments.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 365971
  • Product Code 9780830868698
  • ISBN 0830868690
  • EAN 9780830868698
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Jun 2011
  • Sales Rank 63567
  • DRM Free
  • Printable No
  • Size 0.35 MB (EPUB)

David Lamb

David T. Lamb (D.Phil., Oxford) is assistant professor of Old Testament at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. He previously worked in campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and has taught extensively in various crosscultural contexts. He is the author of Righteous Jehu and His Evil Heirs (Oxford) and God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?

  • God Has A Bad Reputation. Many Think Of God As Wrathful And Angry, Smiting People Right And Left For No Apparent Reason. The Old Testament In Particular Seems At Times To Portray God As Capricious And Malevolent, Wiping Out Armies And Nations, Punishing Enemies With Extreme Prejudice. But Wait. The Story Is More Complicated Than That. Alongside Troubling Passages Of God's Punishment And Judgment Are Pictures Of God's Love, Forgiveness, Goodness And Slowness To Anger. How Do We Make Sense Of The Seeming Contradiction? Can God Be Trusted Or Not? David Lamb Unpacks The Complexity Of The Old Testament To Explore The Character Of God. He Provides Historical And Cultural Background To Shed Light On Problematic Passages And To Bring Underlying Themes To The Fore. Without Minimizing The Sometimes Harsh Realities Of The Biblical Record, Lamb Assembles An Overall Portrait That Gives Coherence To Our Understanding Of God In Both The Old And New Testaments.
  • 2. Angry Or Loving?
  • 3. Sexist Or Affirming?
  • 4. Racist Or Hospitable?
  • 5. Violent Or Peaceful?
  • 6. Legalistic Or Gracious?
  • 7. Rigid Or Flexible?
  • 8. Distant Or Near?
  • Epilogue: Is The Answer Really "yes, Yes And Yes"?
  • Discussion Questions
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Bibliography
  • Scripture Index

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