The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the Old Testament

Israel's In-Your-Face, Holy God

The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the Old Testament

Israel's In-Your-Face, Holy God

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The Old Testament bears witness to an in-your-face, holy God--a God who gets down and dirty with creation and history; a God who gets in people's face with love and law, with power and purpose. Yet Israel's in-your-face God is also "holy"--too other, too raw, too intense to be handled without oven mitts.

Rolf Jacobson wrestles with this in-your-face God.

The Old Testament starts at the beginning, where God digs in the dirt to create humanity and then gets in the dustlings' faces when they sin. God smiles on Abraham and Sarah, electing their descendants as the chosen people, but has to get in Pharaoh's face when he tries to enslave the people. Mostly, God gets in Israel's face: with laws about what it looks like to be God's people and through the prophets, who have to get in the faces of those who turn away from the Holy One.

Jacobson also explores the psalms, poetry in which God often hides his face. He closes by exploring how the Old Testament points us ahead to Jesus, when God took on a human face and offered us the most intimate picture of God we'll ever get.

Endorsements

Understand the Old Testament through the eyes of a scholar who is knowledgeable and hilarious and probably a little bit evil.

"Understand the Old Testament through the eyes of a scholar who is knowledgeable and hilarious and probably a little bit evil. Rolf Jacobson has earned the right to be terribly smart and inappropriately funny."

Kate Bowler | author of "Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved"

I’m really praying that this will be a bestseller.

“I’m really praying that this will be a bestseller.”

Jabez

A remarkable, accessible, winsome guide to the complexity of the Old Testament.

"A remarkable, accessible, winsome guide to the complexity of the Old Testament for any reader who does not know where to begin. This book will be a rich resource for study groups that want to grow and are at ease with irreverence."

Walter Brueggemann | Columbia Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: The Old Testament—The Library of an In-Your-Face God
Chapter 2: A Down-and-Dirty Creator—A Downright-Broken Creation
Chapter 3: Blessed to Be a Blessing, and Other Terrifying Thoughts
Chapter 4: From Pyramid to Promised Land: God’s Free People (Exodus through Joshua)
Chapter 5: You Cannot Serve the Lord—Really, You Can’t (The History of Israel and Judah; Joshua 23¬—2 Kings)
Chapter 6: Mourning into Dancing, or How to Get in God’s Face
Epilogue

Product Info

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 4.5 x 7.5
  • Pages 176
  • Paperback ISBN 9781506406350
  • Publication Date November 1, 2018
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