Tough Questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament  -     By: Walter Kaiser
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Practical, scriptural discussions of tough topics such as polygamy, genocide, and the role of women in the Old Testament

The God of the Old Testament can seem very foreign to Christians. His actions appear to starkly contrast with the God of grace in the New Testament and with modern notions of justice and propriety.

In this short volume, Old Testament scholar Walter Kaiser devotes each chapter to a different difficult subject, including creation, the wrath of God, the genocide of the Canaanites, Gods knowledge of the future, polygamy, Satan, the view of women, and application of the Old Testament law. He addresses each topic in a practical, accessible tone, with pastoral insight and humor, consistently focusing on the Scriptures.

In Tough Questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament, the reader will find that there are not two different gods in the Bible and that the Old Testament is not an antique artifact that should now be jettisoned from Christianity. The Old Testament and the God it depicts is One with the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. His actions, when properly understood, are not at variance with the New Testament; rather, a view of the beautiful unity in the Bible as a whole will strengthen the church's faith and aid in Christian witness and apologetics.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 0825443768
ISBN-13: 9780825443763

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  1. Maricopa, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A mixed bag
    October 24, 2015
    Pastor Jim
    Maricopa, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Walter C Kaiser Jr. is no stranger to the Old Testament, teaching it for a good number of years, and having written on it in book books and articles. This is a timely book for two reasons: First, for all who has read the Old Testament, many of these questions come to mind, and it is not easy to find suggested answers to these questions. Second, the Old Testament has been used by nonbelievers as attacks on the inconsistency of the Bible. Kaiser deals with 10 questions:

    1. The God of Mercy or the God of Wrath?

    2. The God of Peace or the God of Ethnic Cleansing?

    3. The God of Truth or the God of Deception?

    4. The God of Evolution or the God of Creation?

    5. The God of Grace or the God of Law?

    6. The God of Monogamy or the God of Polygamy?

    7. The God who Rules Satan or the God who Battles Satan?

    8. The God Who is Omniscient or the God who Doesnt Know the Future?

    9. The God who Elevates Women or the God who Devalues Women?

    10. The God of Freedom with Food or the God of Forbidden Food?

    These are not easy questions to answer. They easily are riddled with conflict and confusion. The book deals with historical, biblical, and theological views to these questions. He certainly disagrees with the liberal stance by some scholars who see the God of the Old Testament in sharp contrast with the God of the New Testament. Kaiser leads the reader through these with sound, logical reasoning in trying to reconcile the conflicts. Many of his points are valid. I found the chapters on Omniscience and on Satan most helpful.

    Although he offers some interesting insights to these questions; he has left this reader dissatisfied in some respects; e.g. holding that the 10 commandments are valid today, yet not really dealing with the issue of the Sabbath. At times he seems to try to circle around the issues; e.g. deception and polygamy. But he makes the reader think about these important questions. While I may have disagreed with some of his conclusions, there was not a chapter in this book that I did not learn at least something.

    Overall, I found it to be a mixed bag. I have reservations about this book and came away a little disappointed. It is not an easy read without some understanding of the issues beforehand; it would be rough going for a naive reader. This is not to say that the book does not have value and serves well in getting the reader to think about these issues. At the end of each chapter there are discussion questions to aid discussion and thinking upon the subject.

    I commend Kaiser for taking on these questions and his overall knowledge displayed in the book. One will not agree with some of his conclusions and treatments of the subject matter; however he offers insights that should be considered and should be consulted when dealing with these questions. One should read this book with a guarded mind and thinking cap on.

    I received this book free from Kregel Publications for the purpose of reviewing it. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book!
    October 20, 2015
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book lives up to its title. When it says it addresses tough questions, it actually tackles the toughest questions possible to hurl at the OT. The answers are not superficial, but show the deft hand of a seasoned scholar. Walter Kaiser, writing at the twilight of his career, shows his expertise in the OT.

    The book is a jewel. I found chapters two, three, and six on ethnic cleansing, truth or deception by God, and polygamy respectively to be the most profound. He completely educated me on polygamy. I actually have a firm conclusion on polygamy unlike I had before. I imagine you will learn much you didnt know there too.

    That is not to say all chapters are equally good. I personally found chapter nine on women quite a stretch. Still, as a whole I have never seen a book just like this one.

    It will help you apologetically with questioners, it will help you shore up your own thoughts, and it will help you never denigrate the OT. The OT works with the NT and never against it. God is the same in both testaments. This book is a grand reminder.

    Pastors, teachers, interested Christians, and even seekers will be blessed by this volume. I would recommend it to everyone!

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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