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What Rough Beast? [Paperback]

By David Penchansky (Author)
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A number of texts in the Hebrew Bible consistantly command attention and yet defy easy explanation: Why did God try to kill Moses? Why did God kill the man who touched the ark to keep it from falling? Why did God put a tree in the middle of the Garden? David Penchansky tackles these tough questions and in so doing opens up for readers a new understanding of how the Hebrew Bible portrays God.

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David Penchansky's "What Rough Beast?" is a study of six Old Testament stories. While many biblical theologies empasize reassuring images of God, Penchansky confronts those biblical passages where God is portrayed as irrational, malevolent, and even abusive, wrestling with the impact of these images on Christian faith. In dealing with these difficult passages, Penchansky contributes to a more authentic understanding of God.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   136
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1999
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664256457  
ISBN13  9780664256456  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Penchansky is Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of several books, including "What Rough Beast?: Images of God in the Hebrew Bible" and "The Betrayal of God: Ideological Conflict in Job".

David Penchansky currently resides in the state of Minnesota.

David Penchansky has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Literary Currents in Biblical Interpretation

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3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Concordances
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Criticism & Interpretation > Old Testament
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > General
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Bible > General
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Awful.  Dec 18, 2004
The author, pretending to take a fresh, new look at God, really takes pot-shots at the God that he has grown to misunderstand. He chooses six places in the Bible where God is supposedly portrayed in a negative light, and then proceeds to call him such things as insecure, irrational, vindictive, dangerous, malevolent and abusive.
Penchansky, who clearly has a strong background in the Hebrew language, has apparently grown to be disenchanted with God. That is clear throughout his book. He is a scholar who seems to have lost his first love. His God is not the God you came to love in Sunday school! It is really sad to witness, as he has nothing to offer his readers but the chance to be disenchanted just like he is, along with the psychological problems that are sure to follow.
I was asked to read this book for a course in a conservative seminary, so that we would be aware of what liberal scholars are putting out these days with respect to Old Testament theology about God. This one sure was a doozy!
I growned the entire way through the reading of this book, as the author obviously no longer believes anything but negative things about my Lord and Saviour.
The only redeeming value of this book would be for believers to read it to know what "open-minded" scholars are putting out in seminaries today. Read it with a guarded mind!
A frank engagement with oft-neglected biblical texts  Sep 9, 2001
In this very readable (but not very comfortable!) book, Penchansky carefully examines five less-frequently-read biblical narratives: God's nocturnal attack on Moses in Exodus 4; God's outbursts against Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10) and Uzzah (2 Samuel 6); King David's fatal census (2 Samuel 24); and Elisha's frightful curse (2 Kings 2). Penchansky also treats Genesis 3, a much more familiar text. In each case, Penchansky squarely faces up to the dark and disturbing images of God portrayed by these texts. He handles these texts with literary skill, theological acumen, and socio-historical imagination. Anyone who is interested in the Hebrew Bible's portrayals of God should read this book. It doesn't tell the whole story (and Penchansky doesn't pretend that it does), but it engages certain biblical ways of imaging God that are often neglected by readers nowadays.
God, it seems as if you never really knew him...  Apr 21, 2000
LOOK! This book will shake your age old belief of God as you know him; loving, caring and rational. Penchansky, through elaborate examples from the old testament, paints an interesting and sometimes even disturbing picture of YHWH. Whether you consider yourself Christian, Muslim or atheist, this book will only strengthen your knowledge of the Biblical God. The text itself is very easy to read as all the arguments are well structured adn explained. Although Penchansky never reaches a single conclusion, his "suggestions" are worth reflecting upon.

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