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Tough Questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament

, 2015
ISBN: 9780825443763



Practical, scriptural discussions of tough topics such as polygamy, genocide, and the role of women in the Old Testament.

The God of the Old Testament can seem very foreign to Christians. His actions appear to starkly contrast with the God of grace in the New Testament and with modern notions of justice and propriety.

In this short volume, Old Testament scholar Walter Kaiser devotes each chapter to a different difficult subject, including creation, the wrath of God, the genocide of the Canaanites, God’s knowledge of the future, polygamy, Satan, the view of women, and application of the Old Testament law. He addresses each topic in a practical, accessible tone, with pastoral insight and humor, consistently focusing on the Scriptures.

The reader will find that there are not two different gods in the Bible and that the Old Testament is not an antique artifact that should now be jettisoned from Christianity. The Old Testament and the God it depicts is One with the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. His actions, when properly understood, are not at variance with the New Testament; rather, a view of the beautiful unity in the Bible as a whole will strengthen the church’s faith and aid in Christian witness and apologetics.

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  • Tackles some of the main tough questions against the Old Testament teachings
  • Explores issues and arguments that seek to pile up charges against the Old Testament
  • Provides a list of discussion questions at the end of each chapter to encourage deeper reflection and critical thinking
  • The God of Mercy or the God of Wrath?
  • The God of Peace or the God of Ethnic Cleansing?
  • The God of Truth or the God of Deception?
  • The God of Evolution or the God of Creation?
  • The God of Grace or the God of Law?
  • The God of Monogamy or the God of Polygamy?
  • The God Who Rules Satan or the God Who Battles Satan?
  • The God Who Is Omniscient or the God Who Doesn’t Know the Future?
  • The God Who Elevates Women or the God Who Devalues Women?
  • The God of Freedom with Food or the God of Forbidden Food?
Many critics focus on God’s actions in the Old Testament in attempts to disprove Christianity. Dr. Kaiser’s efforts show the inaccuracy of this approach, offering a compelling look at how God’s work in the past is consistent with the teachings of the New Testament. This important method will better equip leaders at all levels of the faith.

—Dr. John Ankerberg, president and host of The John Ankerberg Show

In Tough Questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament, Dr. Kaiser skillfully mingles biblical brilliance and conversational applicability. Few can do both well, especially tackling the more problematic issues found in the Old Testament. This book is just one more addition to his canon of publications that will benefit the ministry of leaders and the life of thoughtful Christians. Having known Dr. Kaiser as a colleague and as a friend for over twenty years, I know that what he writes he believes, and what he believes he lives. Anyone who desires to know God’s Word more deeply and believe it more convincingly should read this book.

—Barry H. Corey, President, Biola University

For several millennia certain passages in the Old Testament have perplexed careful readers of the Scriptures. Dr. Kaiser, with his customary exegetical and theological acumen, gets to the heart of these perplexing passages by wonderfully explaining and shedding insightful light on these difficult texts. This is an opportune resource—arriving amid increasingly complex times— for Christians who desire to explain God and his ways. Consequently, this book equips students of the Scriptures to better understand and teach the full extent of God’s word, without apology but with clarity and full confidence in the character, words, and plan of our triune God.

—Dorington Little, Senior Pastor, First Congregational Church, Hamilton, MA

  • Title: Tough Questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament
  • Author: Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2021
  • Pages: 176
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. › Theology; Ethics in the Bible; Apologetics; Violence › Biblical teaching; Women › Biblical teaching; Genocide › Biblical teaching; Justice › Biblical teaching; Marriage › Biblical teaching; Food › Biblical teaching; Good and evil › Biblical teaching
  • ISBN: 9780825443763
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-12-03T03:20:14Z

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Walter C. Kaiser Jr.

Walter C. Kaiser (1933–) is an evangelical Old Testament scholar, writer, speaker, and educator. He earned degrees from Wheaton College and Brandeis University.

Kaiser taught Bible and archaeology at Wheaton College and taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in several capacities. He currently serves as the Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2006 retired as their President.

Kaiser has contributed to numerous publications like Journal for the Study of Old Testament and Westminster Theological Journal. He has also written over 30 books including Toward an Exegetical Theology and A History of Israel: From the Bronze Age through the Jewish Wars.


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  1. Ray Mills

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  2. Skylar McManus
    I bought this book for Kaiser's take on OT violence. It was an exceedingly shallow analysis that adds nothing to what other scholars have said on this subject.