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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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
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.