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

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

by Matthew Richard Schlimm Matthew Richard Schlimm
ISBN-10:
0801039797
ISBN-13:
9780801039799
Pub. Date:
02/17/2015
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
ISBN-10:
0801039797
ISBN-13:
9780801039799
Pub. Date:
02/17/2015
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities

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

by Matthew Richard Schlimm Matthew Richard Schlimm
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Overview

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 a 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 God as filled with wrath?

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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ISBN-13: 9780801039799
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 1,096,285
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Matthew Richard Schlimm (PhD, Duke University) is 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.

Table of Contents

Contents
1. Is the Old Testament an Enemy, Stranger, or Friend to the Christian Faith?
2. Our Fleeting Moments in Paradise
3. Darkness over the Face of the Deep
4. The R-Rated Bible
5. Killing All That Breathes: Violence in the Old Testament
6. Male and Female God Created Them: Gender and the Old Testament
7. God Commands Us to Do What?! The Strange Laws of the Bible
8. Is the Law Engraved in Stone? The Dynamic Nature of God's Law
9. Truth Is Many Sided
10. Drowning in Tears and Raging at God
11. Great and Terrible Is the Wrath of the Lord
12. The Old Testament's Authority
Appendix: A Literal Translation of Genesis 2:4b-4:16
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