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The Old Testament is seriously strange Scripture If God had put any of us in charge of writing Scripture for billions of believers in future generations, surely we would have come up with something quite different Evil, violence, an angry God that s forgiving too, twisted characters, and bizarre commandments You re not unique avoiding to read the Old Testament on a regular basis If you still do or dare to discover timeless truths, enter Matthew Richard Schlimm s This Strange and Sacred Scripture Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities How should you take the Old Testament As a drill agent, math professor, judge or good friend Schlimm s promoting the metaphor of a good friend One to agree and disagree with, to struggle with, have lively, ongoing conversations with, and willing to learn each other better as a lifetime commitment.The author isn t afraid to confront the readers with alternative views on difficult verses, themes and books in the Old Testament Where atheists, 21st Century Marcionist take center stage to seduce people to stay away from this Testament, Schlimm s challenging you to make a choice Is the Old Testament an Enemy, Stranger, or Friend to the Christian faith From troubles found in Genesis two creation stories, literal or metaphorical reading, scientific soundness or truth for the faithful to the R rated content throughout the stories Schlimm s elaborates on the violence in the Old Testament, gender differences, many sided truths and the importance of the written law Can human beings be mad at God And when does God become angry at us, believers Based in biblical scholarship, practical pastoral experience, and humility, Matthew Schlimm explores strategies for re reading and appreciating the Old Testament Yes, this Old Testament can still enrich our lives as a friend in faith.Many end notes and recommended resources for further study are provided in the book Additional resources are available online at www.matthewschlimm.com. [Read Epub] ⚔ This Strange and Sacred Scripture ⚇ The Old Testament Can Seem Strange And Disturbing To Contemporary Readers What Should Christians Make Of Genesis, Seemingly At Odds With Modern Scientific Accounts Why Does The Old Testament Contain So Much Violence How Should Christians Handle Texts That Give Women A Second Class Status Does The Old Testament Contradict Itself Why Are So Many Psalms Filled With Anger And Sorrow What Should We Make Of Texts That Portray God As Filled With Wrath Combining Pastoral Insight, Biblical Scholarship, And A Healthy Dose Of Humility, Gifted Teacher And Communicator Matthew Schlimm Explores Perennial Theological Questions Raised By The Old Testament He Provides Strategies For Reading And Appropriating These Sacred Texts, Showing How The Old Testament Can Shape The Lives Of Christians Today And Helping Them Appreciate The Old Testament As A Friend In Faith This was book was recommended to me after I struggled through a study of the book of Joshua and was wrestling with the violence of the Old Testament That topic is addressed, as well as several others, including creation, gender, the strange laws of the Bible, the imprecatory psalms, and the wrath of God.While I don t agree with everything in it, I love the approach the author takes from the beginning the Old Testament is our friend in faith see quote below And the God of the Old Testament is big enough to take our questions, struggles, anger, and sorrow we can express it all in confidence that God hears and cares.The format of the book is interesting it has a lot of footnoted and supplemental material for those reading from ascholarly point of view It s generally very accessible to an average reader The only annoying thing relates to his extensive use of call out boxes for quotes it made it harder for me to keep with the flow of the main text.Finally, here s a quote from Schlimm s final chapter Throughout this book, I have argued that the Old Testament is our friend in faith This metaphor suggests that however old the Old Testament may be, it s still alive something that can speak to us in powerful ways today Like a friend you love to be with, the Old Testament is playful, exciting, honest, passionate, and full of life Seeing the Old Testament as our friend in faith explains how we can be firmly committed to Scripture, even as we express questions, doubts, and possible disagreements with it The same thing happens with our friends We respect them We honor them We take what they say with great seriousness, even if we sometimes question or doubt what they say Of all our friends in faith, the Old Testament is easily the quirkiest This friend is from another culture and speaks with a thick Hebrew accent There s also quite a generation gap one that spans over two thousand years As soon as the Old Testament begins to speak, our minds fill with questions Yet we need this oddball of a companion precisely because the Old Testament shatters our expectations and forces us to think about things in new and creative ways The Old Testament ensures there will always beto learn about God, God s desires, and God s creation pp 205 206 The controlling metaphor that Matthew Schlimm uses The OT is our friend in the faith could proveuseful if used in conjunction with different secondary sources While not having quite the view of a Peter Enna type, Schlimm tackles the typical problem parts of the OT and tries to show a way forward for Christians who want to still value all of Scripture He does so from what I d consider a mainline, slightly liberal, Protestant point of view He doesn t appear to understand how inerrancy is typically defined and so rejects caricatures of it late in the book He confuses church and state in his discussion of violence, or perhaps believes that violence in all circumstances is wrong His discussion of gender issues almost displayed a reverse bias in fear of not being the least patriarchal something he sees Russell Moore doing Ultimately, while this project is something I applaud, the execution of it, both stylistically too many sidebar quotes and conceptually theologically and otherwise , left much to be desired. Schilmm has provided a very stimulating look at the Old Testament I admire his desire to share its value with those who are willing to read this book I share his commitment to the Old Testament and his conviction that there is much there to enrich our faith Schlimm doesn t duck any of the difficulties with the Old Testament He faces the problems squarely and provides some good answers and food for thought Certainly each chapter could be a book in itself and so the treatment here is only a beginning At times one can feel the incompleteness of the treatment, but such is the case with a book this size Schlimm s arguments regarding the potential problems of viewing the Bible as inerrant will certainly rankle some evangelicals at times I felt the discomfort , but his reverence for God and his respect for the Old Testament is clear on every page While I don t agree with all of his conclusions, Schlimm has written a stimulating book that provides some answers to perplexing difficulties, while at the same time challenging the reader to view the Old Testament in new ways This Strange and Sacred Scripture is written in a very accessible style I not only recommend it, it is my hope that it will stimulate many to a deeper appreciation and study of the Old Testament.For the full review click here In this book, Matthew Richard Schlimm offers strategies for reading and appropriating the OT, showing how it can shape the lives of Christians today and helping them appreciate the OT as a friend in faith Schlimm discusses twelve theological and biblical issues found in the OT.1 IS THE OLD TESTAMENT AN ENEMY, STRANGER, OR FRIEND TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH In this chapter, Schlimm shows how the OT can give the church fresh ways of thinking about God, humanity, and creation 2 OUR FLEETING MOMENTS IN PARADISESchlimm tries to make the case for reading the stories in Genesis 2 4 symbolically rather than being historical narratives For Schlimm, the characters of Adam, Eve, CainViewon Sherif s blog Schlimm has written this book to the level of college students and educated laity I appreciate its readability I am of the educated laity Although I disagree with some of Schlimm s conclusions, I do like the way he approached the troublesome issues of the Old Testament He has asked us to think deeply on issues and consider engaging the Old Testament as a conversation He notes that it does take extra work to bridge the cultural barriers but the Old Testament has much to teach us so we should not ignore it I recommend this book to pastors and church leaders because of the way Schlimm approaches OT issues I do disagree with him in areas but the way he investigates troublesome issues is a very good model.See my complete review at The Old Testament is Scripture, but not easy reading It is full of disturbing passages, strange laws and unsavory characters Anyone who would dare take up and read will be faced with questions, interpretive challenges and hard texts Matthew Richard Schlimm has written an entertaining and informative book exploring the difficult questions and how to read the Old Testament well This Strange and Sacred Scripture Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities is basically a undergrad level exploration of the First Testament It was as fun to read as David Lamb s God Behaving Badly, though farcomprehensive Schlimm doesn t cover the wisdom literature or prophets much, but he does a good job of exploring law, narrative and various themes that run through the Hebrew Bible His purpose is not to make the Old Testament simple for us to digest, but to help us grapple with it in asubstantial way Schlimm s twelve chapters take us through various issues that relate to the Old Testament Chapter one discusses the uneasy history Christians have had with the Old Testament Chapters two and three explores the creation account Chapter four describes the R rated stories of the Old Testament the messy reality that the scriptures inhabit where even the saints behave badly Here Schlimm describes how stories work on us as readers For example, many failed attempts at reading through the Bible have been wrecked on the shoals of the book of Numbers Schlimm is worth quoting at length As we read Numbers, we shouldn t expect to feel uplifted We shouldn t look for inspiration Instead, we should expect to feel like the Israelites did out in that desert wasteland Ironically, you re reading Numbers well if you re sick of the characters and want to stop reading You are reading well because in that moment you begin to understand in new ways what things were like for the Israelites and for God.Through the trials of reading Numbers, we can emerge as better people Someone might rattle off a cliche like Count your blessings Or we might admit, when we stop and think about it, that complaining is not a great way to go through life However, many of us need somethingto put our grumbling aside When we read Numbers, something interesting happens We are exposed to constant complaining We are forced to suffer alongside Moses and the people We grow sick and tired of their bitterness And hopefully, complaints in our own mouths begin to taste like ash 56 Chapter five explores the violence in Old Testament texts, such as the imprecatory psalms and Joshua and Deuteronomy Schlimm addresses several faulty premises that Christians bring to interpreting these texts 1 that we should imitate Bible characters actions, 2 that we should imitate God, 3 that we should apply every text to our individual life, 4 that we should read individual passages in isolation from one another, and 5 that we should have an answer for every question raised by disturbing texts Against these, Schlimm invites us to a way of interpreting passages that is humble, communal and dialogical Chapter six tackles gender and the role of women Schlimm admits that the Old Testament is androcentric and sometimes misogynist however he refuses to give up the sacredness gender or the sacredness of the Bible He reads egalitarian texts like Genesis 1 26 27 in tension with texts like Leviticus 27 1 8 where women are valued as less than men Far from ignoring these texts, he grapples with the contradiction and asks God why a text like Lev 27 1 8 is in Bible Schlimm goes on to explores the nature of Biblical law chapters seven and eight , the multifaceted nature of truth chapter nine , sadness and anger of God expressed in the Old Testament chapter ten , God s wrath chapter eleven and the authority of the Hebrew Bible chapter twelve I thoroughly enjoyed this book Schlimm imparts his love for the Old Testament His prose is winsome He doesn t provide i easy answers on how to sort through genres, horrifying tales and difficulties Instead he invites us to a conversation with the Old Testament where we name the exclusion of Ezra, place it conversation with the inclusion of Ruth and the apostle Paul Schlimm isn t bothered by contradictions and the sometimes disparate witness of the Old Testament For him it is bringing these texts into deep conversation and wrestling with them that we begin to see the truth about God and ourselves Rather than avoiding strange and difficult texts, Schlimm posits that the texts that are most difficult for us, may be the texts that we most need to hear If you find the Old Testament difficult and are not always sure what to do with certain passages, this will be a good book for you Of course by focusing on oddities and interpretive difficulties, Schlimm doesn t spend as much space exploring covenant, mercy, and justice as he may otherwise This would be a lopsided introduction to the Old Testament if read as a stand alone treatment, but for those who have read and struggle, this is pretty great I give it four stars Notice of Material Connection I received this book from Baker Academic in exchange for my honest review Lots of terrific insights on the Old Testament and good conversation for a small group I joined.