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This Strange and Sacred Scripture

Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities

By Matthew Richard Schlimm



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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.

Product code: 9780801039799

ISBN 9780801039799
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW152
No. Of Pages 270
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
Explores perennial theological questions raised by the content of the Old Testament, providing strategies for reading, appreciating, and appropriating these sacred texts.