Understanding the God of the Old Testament
For many Christians, the God of the Old Testament is a strange creature. From demanding sacrifices and sending plagues to requiring purity and waging war, Israel’s God can seem outdated, unpleasant, and, perhaps, a bit un-Christian. Is this what the God of the OT really is like? Are these common perceptions mere caricatures or do they reflect a true portrait of how ancient Israel understood its deity? This Theology Matters course takes a closer look at the testimony about God in the OT, including if—and how—it can enrich Christian spiritual formation today.
Taught by: Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio
Session 1: Yahweh’s PR Problem
Session 2: A Credo of Adjectives
Session 3: The Witness of Metaphors (Part 1)
Session 4: The Witness of Metaphors (Part 2)
Session 5: The Object of God’s Love
Session 6: God’s Hiddenness and Ambiguity
Session 7: Does Yahweh Abuse?
Session 8: Maintaining the Tensions