Is the Old Testament God a different God from the New Testament God? As a conservative christian, we are quick to say that God is unchanging and has been the same throughout the Old and New Testament, yet many a times we find it hard to explain the differences portrayed in the bible. Furthermore, most the these difficulties surfaces in the Old Testament where christians are often not well verse in.
Walter Kaiser Jr. wants to help rectify this problem in the evangelical world. In this book, Kaiser gives a careful and well-thought through answers to christians. Although the title of the book seems to be apologetics in nature, I have found that the book speaks primarily to bible believing christians, or at least to non-christians who are open to listen what the bible has to say about such issues.
Kaiser tackles some of the most debated questions within this book. For example, he attempts to answer in the first chapter if God is a wrathful God or a merciful God. Or in the following chapter where he answers if God is one that is peaceful, or one that is guilty of ethnical cleaning.
Kaiser answers these questions by engaging the readers to look at what the Old Testament actually has to say about such things. As an Old Testament scholar, Kaiser helps readers interpret and understand the Old Testament passages correctly. What Kaiser really does in this book is he engages the readers with the Old Testament itself, Kaiser rarely veers off from this path. As such, this book is good for those who would like to honestly engage with what the Bible really says.
This book is therefore aimed primarily for those who are keen to seek answers about such questions from the Old Testament itself. College students will find this book helpful to ground their faith on the Word of God, and for those who are interested in what the bible has to say about these questions, this book will be very helpful. Pastor might be able to find this book as a good primer for these questions, and this book should be able to help you answer such questions. However, more in-depth questions might require pastors to seek more materials on specific topics.
Rating: 4 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
P.S. The God I Don’t Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith might be another helpful book for you to read on this topic, get it here and here (free international shipping), kindle.