This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities
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Instead of dismissing the Old Testament as outdated and irrelevant to modern man, Schlimm goes right to the heart of controversies concerning the nature of God's wrath, purity rules, the status of women, Israel's conquest of Canaan, and much more. He believes the very strangeness of the texts may belie their profundity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801039797
ISBN-13: 9780801039799

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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.

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Matthew Richard Schlimm (PhD, Duke University) 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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