By Michael E. W. Thompson
Though Christians think themselves to be held within the care of the God of affection and energy, they but locate that sufferings come their means. additionally, complete groups, even complete international locations, adventure poor sufferings--all of which often increases the query, "Where is the God of justice?"
Those components of the previous testomony that take care of this query are right here thought of and mentioned, either those who comprehend anguish as as a result of human sinfulness and people who bring up severe questions on that kind of knowing. additional, listed below are Jeremiah's questions about why he, because the Lord's prophet, needs to endure; the gentler questions in Ecclesiastes; the confusing lifestyles stories of Joseph; the agonized prayer of Habakkuk; these so much pressing questions within the publication of task; the outspoken phrases of psalmists; the unconventional discuss a "suffering servant"; and the convinced wish expressed in Daniel. Thompson argues that whereas the previous testomony can't consistently supply us solutions, it does aspect us to God for wish in the middle of suffering.
"With the insights of a student and the center of a pastor, Michael Thompson considers what the previous testomony can say to assist these dealing with occasions of affliction. He lightly leads his readers via various books, treating the matter with realism and displaying variety of responses are thought of. This delicate remedy marks a good strengthen on many prior dogmatic approaches."
-H. G. M. Williamson
University of Oxford
"The Bible doesn't shrink back from the matter of human pain and the problem it provides to trust in divine justice. during this publication, Michael Thompson provides the reader a primary perception into the many-sided ways which are provided through the prophets, psalmists, and sages of the outdated testomony. I commend it very hugely for its readability and readability."
-Ronald E. Clements
King's university, collage of London
"Michael Thompson has delivered to undergo on a primary subject matter of the Hebrew Bible a deep familiarity with biblical texts and scholarship. With readability he publications us via vital methods the biblical writers have wrestled with the query of God's justice. The chapters movement simply and logically, specifying, explaining, and framing a few of the responses. whereas supplying his personal well-argued judgments, Thompson leaves his reader with a feeling of the profundity and complexity of the query. The e-book opens, no longer closes, the Bible. it's a considerate contribution in its personal correct and should make a invaluable source for college students in numerous settings."
Texas Christian University
Michael E. W. Thompson is a Methodist minister who, in retirement, has served as part-time educate in outdated testomony with East Midlands Ministry education path in England. he's writer of i've got Heard Your Prayer: The outdated testomony and Prayer (1996) and the Epworth remark Isaiah 40-66 (2001).
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