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Coming to Grips with the God of the Old Testament 1

Release date:

August 15, 2021


God The Father



What are we to make of the God who is presented in Genesis and other Old Testament texts? According to popular atheists such as Richard Dawkins, this God is judgmental, homophobic, racist, misogynistic, and an ethnic cleanser. Is this an accurate representation of the God of Israel, or a completely distorted caricature? Shane Rosenthal discusses these and other important issues with Dr. Thomas J. Egger, professor of Exegetical Theology and president of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.

Show Quote:

Genesis is a rich book that is the story of a generous God who creates a world, and humanity within that world to be his special creation — the image of God within the world. And it’s the story of his provision for them; the story of their unthinkable rebellion against him, and flight from him. And yet, it’s also a story of God seeking after them with his life-giving words and his gracious promises. And then it’s the story of the first fulfillment of those promises, and it becomes very clear that these promises are not just ideas, but are the saving works and gifts of God within the created world. Because of his grace and mercy, God’s promises begin to bear real fruit in the world of real men and women.

Thomas Egger


According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible

Author: Graeme Goldsworthy

The massive diversity and complexity of the Bible can make it a daunting project for anyone to tackle. Getting a grasp on the unity of the Bible, its central message from Genesis to Revelation, helps immensely in understanding the meaning of any one book or passage. That is the goal of this book by Graeme Goldsworthy. How do the Old and New Testaments fit together? What is the point of biblical theology? What is the overall story of the Bible?


Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God

Author: Paul Copan

A recent string of popular-level books written by the New Atheists have leveled the accusation that the God of the Old Testament is nothing but a bully, a murderer, and a cosmic child abuser. This viewpoint is even making inroads into the church. How are Christians to respond to such accusations? And how are we to reconcile the seemingly disconnected natures of God portrayed in the two testaments?

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