The God of the Old Testament is a much maligned being. Atheists, secular people, and non-Christians have a distorted view of the God presented in the Hebrew Bible. A few Christians have adopted some of the views of these people who deny the goodness of God because these Christians have a superficial view of what the Old Testament teaches about God.
Instead of making an in-depth study of the Old Testament, these Christians go to the Internet for their interpretation of the Bible or they read the pamphlets of these evangelists of the new atheistic movement to gain a better understanding of the God of the Bible. The problem is that these new atheists selectively read the biblical text and in the process gain a distorted view of God, a view that they try to teach to others.
Vanu Kantayya, one of my former students at Northern Baptist Seminary, wrote a research paper for the course “Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament,” in which she seeks to demonstrate that the God of the Old Testament is the same God of the New Testament. Her paper is titled: “The God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament.”
This paper has been published as a series of posts on the God of the Old Testament. I believe that these posts will help many Christians gain a better understanding of the character of the God of the Old Testament.
Read my introduction to Vanu’s paper which appears on the first post of this series. In my introduction to the paper I explain what Vanu tried to accomplish in her work. Then, read the six posts about the character of God. In the end, I am sure you will gain a better understanding of some of difficult passages in the Old Testament.
Studies on the God of the Old Testament
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary