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Confronting Old Testament Controversies (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I have never, in all my time reviewing books, found as good a book on this level of subject matter as well written, if not simply put together well. When I say that, I mean it in the sense of Tremper Longman III’s book Confronting Old Testament Controversies. Within these two hundred ninety-four pages he covers four special topics that the Old Testament encompasses: Creation and Evolution, History, Violence and Sexuality. To that end I say this: Longman does a wonderful job covering all four subjects as best as possible.

          What I want to start off saying is that as with every commentary on the Biblical narrative is that Longman does his best to show all sides of the box in regards to each and every point he makes. I know I say box, but a coin has only two sides whereas a three dimensional box has six sides. I mean to say that he has all angles pursued and logically and with objectivity looked at. In any field, whether it is based on the Bible or on other subjects we all need to give an unbiased and objective view without allowing opinions to muddy the waters.

          It is in that I honestly believe Longman has given his best in regards to treating the Old Testament the respect and reverence it deserves. The biggest reason I say that is it is divinely ordained words of God. He has given us these words through different men and personalities to show just how much He desires to reveal Himself to us. In that sense God ordains all things to reveal a personal and just God who cares deeply for Creation: mankind in particular. I also add that this is one of those books you would want to have to help understand the Bible as well as to better understand who you are.

          I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Books for a fair and objective review.

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