The Old Testament bears witness to an in-your-face, holy God--a God who gets down and dirty with creation and history; a God who gets in people's face with love and law, with power and purpose. Yet Israel's in-your-face God is also "holy"--too other, too raw, too intense to be handled without oven mitts.
Rolf Jacobson wrestles with this in-your-face God.
The Old Testament starts at the beginning, where God digs in the dirt to create humanity and then gets in the dustlings' faces when they sin. God smiles on Abraham and Sarah, electing their descendants as the chosen people, but has to get in Pharaoh's face when he tries to enslave the people. Mostly, God gets in Israel's face: with laws about what it looks like to be God's people and through the prophets, who have to get in the faces of those who turn away from the Holy One.
Jacobson also explores the psalms, poetry in which God often hides his face. He closes by exploring how the Old Testament points us ahead to Jesus, when God took on a human face and offered us the most intimate picture of God we'll ever get.
About the Author
Rolf A. Jacobson is professor of Old Testament and the Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Scripture, Theology, and Ministry at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Old TestamentÇThe Library of an In-Your-Face God
Chapter 2: A Down-and-Dirty CreatorÇA Downright-Broken Creation
Chapter 3: Blessed to Be a Blessing, and Other Terrifying Thoughts
Chapter 4: From Pyramid to Promised Land: GodÂs Free People (Exodus through Joshua)
Chapter 5: You Cannot Serve the LordÇReally, You CanÂt (The History of Israel and Judah; Joshua 23ªÇ2 Kings)
Chapter 6: Mourning into Dancing, or How to Get in GodÂs Face