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Who's Afraid of the Old Testament God? Paperback – June, 2003
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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.Read more ›
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Terrific book! Helps to pull together the God seen in the old and new testament. Helpful for a personal theodicy.Published 5 months ago by Richard K. Bell
God doesn't change, but He changes how he interacts with differing cultures. Great clarification of difficulties in scripture.Published 17 months ago by Donald W. Kanen
Not a particularly easy book to get through - but well worth the investment of time to finish. Deals head on with difficult questions about the nature of God and explains in... Read morePublished on August 15, 2014 by Kevin
Great read. Gives a new perspective on the Old Testament and how we have lost contextualization; using our current state to interpret a message how we want to. Read morePublished on August 13, 2014 by kc schaefer
Gave me an understanding of how God met the Israelites where they were in their culture, then showing them more of his ways. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Jimb
Interesting insight on how knowledge has been progressive throughout history. Had always thought that the patriachs had more knowledge/information than we do.Published on May 14, 2013 by Douglas Mujeye