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Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters Paperback – August 15, 2014

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Editorial Reviews


Iain Provan, one of evangelicalism's finest Old Testament scholars, has provided a much needed book...

-- G. Kyle Essary ― Apologetics 315

Seriously Dangerous Religion will be helpful to Christians and non-Christians alike who struggle to understand how the Old Testament relates to our modern world.

-- Elliot Ritzema ― Bible Study Magazine

[ Seriously Dangerous Religion] will be a particularly helpful read for those heading off to university or entering the workforce, but is broad and deep enough that every reader will find much to profit from and to reflect on.

-- Daniel C. Timmer, University of Sudbury ― Themelios

[Provan's] 'thinking outside the box' creates a broad range of uses for the work, whether in university classes in world religions, theology, apologetics, hermeneutics, as well non-professional areas as discussion groups and church or Sunday school classes. Seriously Dangerous Religion is a 'must read' for anyone interested in these issues.

-- Randall C. Bailey, Faulkner University ― Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

In the world in which biblical studies currently exists, projects such as this are worthy of extended time and reflection.

-- Richard S. Briggs, St John's College, Durham University ― Review of Biblical Literature

Seriously Dangerous Religion is a major synthetic statement of unparalleled scope, deserving a wide readership. It illuminates and challenges, even as it confirms that rumors of the Old Testament’s demise are greatly exaggerated.

-- Stephen B. Chapman, Associate Professor of Old Testament in the Divinity School and Director of Graduate Studies of the Graduate Program in Religion at Duke University ― Syndicate

At its heart Provan’s volume is a book about worldview. For this reason, it offers the reader a unique resource that blends careful and thorough biblical theology and exegesis with cultural analysis.

-- William A. Ross, University of Cambridge ― Westminster Theological Journal

Seriously Dangerous Religion is a seriously helpful book in that it simultaneously offers what is usually called an ‘Old Testament theology,’ vindicatesthe Old Testament in the face of its cultured despisers, and demonstrates the diversity among the various world religions all while being written in an engaging manner that should appeal to more than just specialists.

-- Nathan Chambers ― Journal of Reformed Theology

Provan's explanations and insightful exegesis also result in helpful descriptions of family, the relationship of God to humanity, and similar topics.

-- Shawn W. Flynn, Saint Mark's College ― Pro Ecclesia


A rare combination of deep and wide learning and a compelling and clear writing style. Provan is as comfortable in Mesopotamian texts as in Agatha Christie, the Rig Veda, Lord of the Rings, or the Qur’an. He opens the Old Testament onto a world he believes needs to hear its distinctive notes in a creative and engaging presentation.

-- Reverend Christopher Seitz, Senior Research Professor, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Baylor University Press; UK ed. edition (August 15, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 512 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1481300237
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1481300230
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.59 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.98 x 1.15 x 9.02 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent scholarly and very readable overview of the Old Testament ...
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