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August 10, 2011, 3:49 PM

Book Plug



I mentioned this book in my Sunday school class on Sunday, and heartily commend it to you: 

God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? by David T. Lamb.

This is the book that I have always wanted to write -- and I am thankful that the author of the book has undertaken the task.  I can't tell you how many times I've heard good and thoughtful Christians commit many of the thought burps addressed in this book.  (A thought burp is an unrefined and/or undigested thought!)

Says "Jeff" on Amazon Reviews:

The God of the Old Testament has consistently received a bad reputation since Marcion formulated the idea of two distinct deities between the testaments during the 2nd century. This idea has been articulated primarily due to the way God has `acted' in the narrative of the Hebrew scriptures, particularly in relation to His ordering the killing of thousands of people during many of the recorded battles. These episodes have resulted in very serious accusations that God is angry, sexist, racist, violent, legalistic, rigid and distant.

With these things in mind, David Lamb set out to address these specific concerns in his book God Behaving Badly. The book represents his attempt to "reconcile the supposedly contradictory portrayals of God in the two testaments," by addressing those passages that have often been used to further the two-deity argument.

Lamb's basic contention throughout is that many have concluded that God is angry, sexist and racist, etc, primarily due to a of misreading scripture. When the problematic texts are read within there appropriate contexts, all of the problems don't immediately disappear, but they do begin to take shape and take on a meaning that has often been missed

One other thing -- this is a book that is written on a popular level.  Nothing egg-head here.  Very down to earth.  Very basic.


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