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What Rough Beast?

David Penchansky

What Rough Beast?

David Penchansky

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A number of texts in the Hebrew Bible consistently command attention & yet defy easy explanation: Why did God try to kill Moses? Why did God kill the man who touched the ark to keep it from falling? Why did God put a tree in the middle of the Garden? The author tackles these tough questions & in so doing so opens up for readers a new understanding of how the Hebrew Bible portrays God. He examines six biblical narratives that depict God negatively, outlining their social, political, & theological ramifications. He believes the stories provide an important key to the Israelite's understanding of their God. He also believes the stories provide a structure for understanding experiences of evil & suffering within our own century & for accepting the ambiguity that permeates all human existence.

- Publisher A number of texts in the Hebrew Bible consistently command attention and yet defy easy explanation: Why did God try to kill Moses? Why did God kill the man who touched the ark to keep it from falling? Why did God put a tree in the middle of the Garden? David Penchansky tackles these tough questions and in so doing opens up for readers a new understanding of how the Hebrew Bible portrays God. Penchansky examines six biblical narrative that depict God negatively, outlining their social, political, and theological ramifications. He believes the stories provide an important key to the Israelites' understanding of their God. He also believes the stories provide a structure for understanding experiences of evil and suffering within our own century, and for accepting the ambiguity that permeates all human existence.

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David Penchansky'sWhat Rough Beast?is a study of six Old Testament stories. While many biblical theologies empasize reassuring images of God, Penchansky confronts those biblical passages where God is portrayed as irrational, malevolent, and even abusive, wrestling with the impact of these images on Christian faith. In dealing with these difficult passages, Penchansky contributes to a more authentic understanding of God.



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About "What Rough Beast?"

A number of texts in the Hebrew Bible consistently command attention & yet defy easy explanation: Why did God try to kill Moses? Why did God kill the man who touched the ark to keep it from falling? Why did God put a tree in the middle of the Garden? The author tackles these tough questions & in so doing so opens up for readers a new understanding of how the Hebrew Bible portrays God. He examines six biblical narratives that depict God negatively, outlining their social, political, & theological ramifications. He believes the stories provide an important key to the Israelite's understanding of their God. He also believes the stories provide a structure for understanding experiences of evil & suffering within our own century & for accepting the ambiguity that permeates all human existence.
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A number of texts in the Hebrew Bible consistently command attention and yet defy easy explanation: Why did God try to kill Moses? Why did God kill the man who touched the ark to keep it from falling? Why did God put a tree in the middle of the Garden? David Penchansky tackles these tough questions and in so doing opens up for readers a new understanding of how the Hebrew Bible portrays God. Penchansky examines six biblical narrative that depict God negatively, outlining their social, political, and theological ramifications. He believes the stories provide an important key to the Israelites' understanding of their God. He also believes the stories provide a structure for understanding experiences of evil and suffering within our own century, and for accepting the ambiguity that permeates all human existence.
- Publisher

David Penchansky'sWhat Rough Beast?is a study of six Old Testament stories. While many biblical theologies empasize reassuring images of God, Penchansky confronts those biblical passages where God is portrayed as irrational, malevolent, and even abusive, wrestling with the impact of these images on Christian faith. In dealing with these difficult passages, Penchansky contributes to a more authentic understanding of God.


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Meet the Author

David Penchansky

David Penchansky is Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of several books, including "What Rough Beast?: Images of God in the Hebrew Bible" and "The Betrayal of God: Ideological Conflict in Job".

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  • Catalogue Code 228522
  • Product Code 0664256457
  • EAN 9780664256456
  • Pages 136
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication Date Sep 1999
  • Dimensions 215 x 140 x 10 mm
  • Weight 0.011kg

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