God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?

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InterVarsity Press, Jun 4, 2011 - Religion - 205 pages
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God has a bad reputation. Many think of God as wrathful and angry, smiting people right and left for no apparent reason. The Old Testament in particular seems at times to portray God as capricious and malevolent, wiping out armies and nations, punishing enemies with extreme prejudice. But wait. The story is more complicated than that. Alongside troubling passages of God's punishment and judgment are pictures of God's love, forgiveness, goodness and slowness to anger. How do we make sense of the seeming contradiction? Can God be trusted or not? David Lamb unpacks the complexity of the Old Testament to explore the character of God. He provides historical and cultural background to shed light on problematic passages and to bring underlying themes to the fore. Without minimizing the sometimes harsh realities of the biblical record, Lamb assembles an overall portrait that gives coherence to our understanding of God in both the Old and New Testaments.

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User Review  - Artur - LibraryThing

I enjoyed reading this book far more than I had expected. The author presents a case that the negative perception of God as presented in the Old Testament is incorrect, and that deeper investigation ... Read full review

A must read.

User Review  - Pastor Mike - Christianbook.com

This book is part of my research for my sermon series through the OT and it is extremely helpful. Professor Lamb has done a great job of addressing many problem texts with honesty and clarity. i would recommend this to anyone who wants to understand the character of God better. Read full review


A Bad Reputation
Angry or Loving?
Sexist or Affirming?
Racist or Hospitable?
Violent or Peaceful?
Legalistic or Gracious?
Is the Answer Really Yes
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David T. Lamb (D.Phil., Oxford) is associate professor of Old Testament at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. He previously worked in campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and has taught extensively in various crosscultural contexts. He is the author of Righteous Jehu and His Evil Heirs (Oxford).

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