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This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling With the Old Testament and Its Oddities

This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling With the Old Testament and Its Oddities

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:The Old Testament can seem strange and disturbing to contemporary readers. What should Christians make of Genesis 1-3, seemingly at odds with modern scientific accounts? Why does the Old Testament contain so much violence? How should Christians handle texts that give women a second-class status? Does the Old Testament contradict itself? Why are so many Psalms filled with anger and sorrow? What should we make of texts that portray God as filled with wrath?

Combining pastoral insight, biblical scholarship, and a healthy dose of humility, gifted teacher and communicator Matthew Schlimm explores perennial theological questions raised by the Old Testament. He provides strategies for reading and appropriating these sacred texts, showing how the Old Testament can shape the lives of Christians today and helping them appreciate the Old Testament as a friend in faith.

- Publisher

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About "This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling With the Old Testament and Its Oddities"

:The Old Testament can seem strange and disturbing to contemporary readers. What should Christians make of Genesis 1-3, seemingly at odds with modern scientific accounts? Why does the Old Testament contain so much violence? How should Christians handle texts that give women a second-class status? Does the Old Testament contradict itself? Why are so many Psalms filled with anger and sorrow? What should we make of texts that portray God as filled with wrath?

Combining pastoral insight, biblical scholarship, and a healthy dose of humility, gifted teacher and communicator Matthew Schlimm explores perennial theological questions raised by the Old Testament. He provides strategies for reading and appropriating these sacred texts, showing how the Old Testament can shape the lives of Christians today and helping them appreciate the Old Testament as a friend in faith.

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Matthew Richard Schlimm

Matthew Richard Schlimm (PhD, Duke University) is assistant professor of Old Testament at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He previously taught at Duke Divinity School and has held various ministry positions in United Methodist churches. He is the author of "From Fratricide to Forgiveness: The Language and Ethics of Anger in Genesis" and coeditor of the "CEB Study Bible".

Table Of Contents

  • :contents
    1. Is The Old Testament An Enemy, Stranger, Or Friend To The Christian Faith?
    2. Our Fleeting Moments In Paradise
    3. Darkness Over The Face Of The Deep
    4. The R-rated Bible
    5. Killing All That Breathes: Violence In The Old Testament
    6. Male And Female God Created Them: Gender And The Old Testament
    7. God Commands Us To Do What?! The Strange Laws Of The Bible
    8. Is The Law Engraved In Stone? The Dynamic Nature Of God's Law
    9. Truth Is Many Sided
    10. Drowning In Tears And Raging At God
    11. Great And Terrible Is The Wrath Of The Lord
    12. The Old Testament's Authority
    appendix: A Literal Translation Of Genesis 2:4b-4:16
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  • Catalogue Code 412034
  • Product Code 9780801039799
  • ISBN 0801039797
  • EAN 9780801039799
  • Pages 272
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Feb 2015
  • Sales Rank #55301
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.371kg

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