By David T. Lamb
God has a nasty recognition. Many consider God as wrathful and indignant, smiting humans correct and left for no obvious cause. The previous testomony particularly turns out from time to time to painting God as capricious and malevolent, wiping out armies and international locations, punishing enemies with severe prejudice. yet wait. the tale is extra complex than that. along troubling passages of God's punishment and judgment are images of God's love, forgiveness, goodness and slowness to anger. How will we make feel of the seeming contradiction? Can God be relied on or no longer? David Lamb unpacks the complexity of the outdated testomony to discover the nature of God. He offers historic and cultural history to make clear challenging passages and to deliver underlying topics to the fore. with out minimizing the occasionally harsh realities of the biblical list, Lamb assembles an total portrait that provides coherence to our knowing of God in either the outdated and New Testaments.
"This is a publication which not just can be learn through these [who are] into apologetics, yet learn by way of all
Christians in our church buildings. it really is remarkable correct on the middle of 1 of the main urgent questions being
asked this day and we can't forget about this. God Behaving Badly is an incredibly beneficial ebook in wrestling
with those very tricky questions in a winsome, biblical and readable approach. when you are at all
missionally dwelling in our tradition and conscious of the questions being requested and demanding situations to
Christianity, you then rather can't aid yet learn this book!"
DAN KIMBALL, writer of they prefer Jesus yet now not the Church
"Dave Lamb's ebook is a well-liked apologetic that solutions the query, Is the God of the outdated Testament
angry, sexist and racist?' He prefaces his solutions with a fantastic biblical interpretation guide. The
author emphatically states, after we process Scripture, we needs to take the context seriously.' Dave
really does that! The be aware context seems to be fifty nine occasions, scattered in the course of the booklet. Dave's solid
contextual research of passages-which may perhaps seem to say, definite, definite, certain in solution to the question
about God's anger, his view of gender and his view of races-was a spotlight for me. Dave's
unraveling of many troublesome texts by way of contextual research is great. additionally, his many,
many masterful note experiences make clear his contextual analyses. Dave writes with winsome humor.
He loves the outdated testomony, and you may inform that as you learn the popularly written, academically
sound, easy-to-read move of fabric in every one bankruptcy. After examining Dave's booklet, i'm definite you will
appreciate that Dave perspectives the God of the previous testomony and the God of the hot testomony as one."
BOBBY CLINTON, professor of management, tuition of Intercultural stories at Fuller Theological
"It has been acknowledged that for those who love anything lengthy adequate it unearths itself to you-that love is a
hermeneutical key to unlocking the mysteries of existence itself. this can be very true for the Bible and the
God of the Bible, for God is love and will in basic terms be really recognized in love. David Lamb has enjoyed his
way into knowing Yahweh extra totally; as a result he can lovingly aid us to `see' and
experience God in new and revealing ways."
author of The Forgotten Ways
"In a lot of our African American church buildings we regularly recite the chorus `God is sweet all of the time
and forever God is good.' God Behaving Badly is an interesting, considerate, witty and beneficial book
that can provide we all Christian readers a section extra self assurance whilst reciting that chorus. David Lamb
gives sound suggestions for figuring out a tricky subject. Lamb bargains an apologetic for no longer only
believing in God but in addition believing that God is good-even as he's portrayed within the previous Testament.
Professor Lamb's scholarship is sound, and his humorousness had me giggling out loud. now not many
theology books can do this! i'll use this booklet in school and enthusiastically suggest it to
REV. DENNIS R. EDWARDS, Ph.D., pastor, Peace Fellowship Church, Washington, D.C.
"Let's face it: God will get loads of undesirable press-it could be a little embarrassing. So even the identify of Dave
Lamb's publication gave me wish. Dave offers sincere voice and planned realization to a few of the most
troublesome questions people have ever requested, and brings not just solutions yet develops our view
of God too. the main exciting factor approximately this e-book is that i will be able to suggest it to either the devoted and
the skittish, to neighbors and scholars and those who take into consideration God and are not certain what to think."
ALISON SIEWERT, New Ministry Developer, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and editor, Worship
"I would require my students to learn this e-book. I turned delicate to the `God questions' in the
Bible simply because scholars requested me questions that got here immediately from hearts. This e-book is
written for college kids and speaks with wit and knowledge to the questions they have."
SCOT McKNIGHT, Karl A. Olsson Professor in non secular experiences, North Park University
"David Lamb faces as much as the entire questions that almost all frequently difficulty humans in regards to the God of the Old
Testament. Written in a winsome and interesting manner, this booklet goes to assist many that wonder whether the
God of the outdated testomony is certainly the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
JOHN GOLDINGAY, David Allan Hubbard Professor of outdated testomony, Fuller Theological