Book Review: Tough Questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament

TITLE: Tough Questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament
AUTHOR: Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
PUBLISHER: Kregel Publications, 2015, (176 Pages)

“Much of the current antipathy to the Old Testament seems to have begun as early as the middle of the second Christian century with a ship owner named Marcion who died around 154 AD”(9). Marcion was probably the first in history to disassociate the two testaments of what was to become the Bible preferring the latter over the former. The Church of course disagreed vehemently seeing the New Testament as a harmonized compendium to the Old Testament. This distinction between the two testaments has been an issue of contention ever since.

Part of the reason for this disassociation is the interpretation that the “God of the Old Testament” is a very different God from the “God of the New Testament”.  Old Testament scholar Walter C. Kaiser Jr. addresses these fundamental and perceived discontinuities in his book  Tough Questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament. Here Kaiser confronts some of the most challenging questions head on from a Biblical perspective. Some of the questions that Kaiser address are:

  • Did the God of peace order a genocide?
  • Did the God of truth practice deception?
  • Did a just God devalue women’s rights?
  • How and why did a good God create the evil Devil?

The book offers some interesting insights and provides much food for thought. In addition every chapter ends with discussion questions making this volume ideal for an individual reader as well as a study group. If you haven’t looked into these issue before Tough Questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament represents an excellent start point.


RATING 3.5 Stars


This book is provided to me courtesy of Kregel Publication in exchange for an honest review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.



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