Last spring I taught a course at Northern Baptist Seminary titled “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” This course is a required course for students who are planning to complete their Master of Divinity degree at Northern Baptist Seminary.
You can learn more about this course and its objectives by reading my post “The God of the Old Testament.”
One of the requirements of this course is that each student is required to write a research paper on one of the theological issues dealing with the God of the Old Testament. Each paper must focus on one characteristic of God as found in the faith of the people of Israel.
As a result, I have selected a paper, “God: The Defender of the Oppressed,” which I think deserves to be read by a wider audience. The paper was written by Stephanie Franco, one of my students in the course “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.”
The posts below, written by Stephanie Franco, were taken from her paper. The reason for sharing this paper is because it deals with an important aspect of the character of God, his concern for the poor, the widows, the orphans, and the aliens who lived in Israel.
Studies on God as the Defender of the Oppressed
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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