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God Behaving Badly : Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?

Posted on 13 June 2012 Gavin Glenn

Many think of God as wrathful and angry, smiting people right and left for no apparant reason. The Old Testament seems to portray GOd as capricious and malevolent, wiping out armies and punishing enemies with extreme prejudice. But alongside troubling passages of God's judgement are pictures of God's love, goodness and slowness to anger. How do we make sense of the seeming contradiction?

David Lamb unpacks the complexity of the Old Testament to explore the character of God. He provides historical and cultural background to shed light on problematic passages and to bring underlying themes to the fore. Without minimizing the sometimes harsh realities of the biblical record, Lamb assembles an overall portrait that gives coherence to our understanding of God in both the Old and New Testaments.

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