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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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
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