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Who's Afraid of the Old Testament God? Paperback – June, 2003

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Alden Thompson is a Professor of Biblical Studies at Walla Walla College in College Place, Washington. His Ph.D. is from the Universtiy of Edinburgh.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Energion Publications (June 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 1893729079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893729070
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,378,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Many uncomfortable questions arise when discussing and or just reading the events of the old testament. Is God schizophrenic, angry, vengeful, and genocidal as skeptics propose? Can we really face the questions and answer them honestly or do we just need to shy away from the old testament and focus on the new covenant? Alden Thompson is unafraid and tackles these issues head on for us. Thompson is a professor of theology at Walla Walla College in Washington state and approaches these uncomfortable issues as any diligent scholar should; with a critical eye and an indepth undestanding of the culture, politics, and economies of the time period in question. Thompson also reviews the old testament through the eyes of the authors. Westerners have a tendency to view things from a very narrow point of reference, that of western culture, education, and moral values. This is the biggest mistake we can make in trying to make sense of writings from the middle east 3000 years old. As Thompson points out, the old testament is subject to misinterpretation and misapplication by contemporary readers who for the most part, are casual biblical readers and not students of the content. For anyone who is afraid to open what many consider a door to a dark room, this book will illuminate your understanding of the old testament. For those who would use the events of the old testament to discredit religion, you are about to receive an edification to your knowledge base. This book can be hard to come by and be a tad expensive as it has been out of print since the 1980"s. It can be purchased through one of Amazon's book sellers, but can run upward of $50-60. It is in paperback, so the condition can be rough. Despite these bumps, this 130 page book is well worth the expense and effort to buy.
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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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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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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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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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