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

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.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506406350
  • eBook ISBN 9781506406367
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 4.5 x 7.5
  • Pages 176
  • Publication Date November 1, 2018

Table of Contents

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