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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Energion Publications (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893729907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893729902
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Alden Thompson is professor emeritus of Biblical Studies at Walla Walla University, College Place, WA. He has a PhD in Old Testament studies from the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Who's Afraid of the Old Testament God?, Escape from the Flames, and Inspiration: Hard Questions, Honest Answers and numerous articles.


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This book was very well written.
Ryan Amos
Despite these bumps, this 130 page book is well worth the expense and effort to buy.
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This book, while scholarly, is easy for the lay person to understand.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
Thompson shows how the horror of the OT can be reconciled with the grace of the NT, while maintaining its historical context and purpose. Recommended for all who find the stories of the OT unsettling and believe in an eternal and unchanging God throughout history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donna Coffeen on January 12, 2008
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This book, while scholarly, is easy for the lay person to understand. It reconciled many issues I struggled with and explains how the God of grace worked in old testament times. I have recommended this book to many Christians who were interested in these issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James A. Lee on January 26, 2012
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Who's Afraid of the Old Testament God, by Alden L. Thompson, Energion Publications , 2011, 208 pages. Interest Group: Religion/Theology/Old Testament

If you stop and think about all the accusations made by skeptics and naysayers about the discrepancy between Yahweh and Jesus, your head might spin. You might also find yourself in the middle of a legitimate quandary, is Yahweh the cause of all the anguish int he Old Testament, or are those whom he interacts with?

Alden Thompson sets out on a thought provoking and invigorating read aiming to clarify a longstanding erroneous view of the Old Testament nature of God. With the glaring contrast between Old and New Testament doctrine, one could be left scratching their head and wondering when and where the disconnect took place. Thompson makes it clear that this view develops almost lopsidedly and requires reproof.

Thompson also sets out to speak frankly about the glaring problem texts of the Old Testament, and states his intent to do so frankly. Developing his thesis along the lines of two views called the "high road" and the "low road" approach, Thompson laments what has become of modern interpretation by failing to evaluate the evidences impacting Yahweh's interactions with Israel. Thompson even goes on to state,

"My "high road" picture of faithful kings, priests, and prophets, who held high the "banner of truth," needed to be remodeled to fit the picture that the Old Testament itself gives. What a struggle it was for God to reveal himself to those people, people who so easily and quickly fell so far."

In the long run, Thompson makes a solid attempt at debunking the romantic and shimmering view of the Old Testament saints and their adventures.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Amos on February 6, 2007
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This book was very well written. I enjoyed the symbolism the author used to get his point across. It was simple yet very powerful.
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By Sheryl Mixey on June 12, 2014
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It really clears up a lot of misconceptions about God. Thanks, Alden Thompson, for writing this book. I don't think I would have seen the relationship between God and Satan in the Old testament without the guidance from this book.
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Makes an excellent case for the existence of the God Jesus revealed while He walked this Earth all through the Old Testament. The character of God portrayed by the life of Jesus always has been the character of God eternal. The author shows what the Old Testament stories say about God when you look at the bigger picture.
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I have made it to chapter four, and I like the concept of the book, I get it, but I wish the author would stick more to the point. He tends to take detours with details, which I appreciate the background and history, but then forget what the original point was.
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