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This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities

Format: Digital
ISBN: 9780801039799


The Old Testament can seem strange and disturbing to contemporary readers. What should Christians make of Genesis 1–3, seemingly at odds with modern scientific accounts? Why does the Old Testament contain so much violence? How should Christians handle texts that give women second-class status? Does the Old Testament contradict itself? Why are so many Psalms filled with anger and sorrow? What should we make of texts that portray a wrathful God?

Combining pastoral insight, biblical scholarship, and a healthy dose of humility, gifted teacher and communicator Matthew Schlimm explores perennial theological questions raised by the Old Testament. He provides strategies for reading and appropriating these sacred texts, showing how the Old Testament can shape the lives of Christians today and helping them appreciate the Old Testament as a friend in faith.

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Key Features

  • Answers questions raised by the Old Testament
  • Addresses violence in the Old Testament, the Bible’s teaching on women, science and faith, and more
  • Provides strategies for reading and applying the Old Testament today


  • Is the Old Testament an Enemy, Stranger, or Friend to the Christian Faith?
  • Our Fleeting Moments in Paradise
  • Darkness over the Face of the Deep
  • The R-Rated Bible
  • Killing All That Breathes: Violence in the Old Testament
  • Male and Female God Created Them: Gender and the Old Testament
  • God Commands Us to Do What?! The Strange Laws of the Bible
  • Is the Law Engraved in Stone? The Dynamic Nature of God’s Law
  • Truth Is Many Sided
  • Drowning in Tears and Raging at God
  • Great and Terrible Is the Wrath of the Lord
  • The Old Testament’s Authority

Praise for the Print Edition

Immerse yourself deeply in this book and you will find much food for thought from an author who has addressed intelligently and provocatively the questions that linger in your mind.

Victor P. Hamilton, professor emeritus of Old Testament, Asbury University

Schlimm shows why Christianity needs the Old Testament in order to address the complexities and real difficulties of life.

Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School

Product Details

  • Title: This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities
  • Author: Matthew Richard Schlimm
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 272
  • Christian Group: Evangelical
  • Resource Type: Monographs
  • Topic: Old Testament

About Matthew Richard Schlimm

Matthew Richard Schlimm is assistant professor of Old Testament at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He previously taught at Duke Divinity School and has held various ministry positions in United Methodist churches. He is the author of From Fratricide to Forgiveness: The Language and Ethics of Anger in Genesis and coeditor of the CEB Study Bible.

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