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Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters
Provan, Iain

Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014 pp. x + 502. $69.95


Description: The Old Testament is often maligned as an outmoded and even dangerous text. Best-selling authors like Richard Dawkins, Karen Armstrong, and Derrick Jensen are prime examples of those who find the Old Testament to be problematic to modern sensibilities. Iain Provan counters that such easy and popular readings misunderstand the Old Testament. He opposes modern misconceptions of the Old Testament by addressing ten fundamental questions that the biblical text should—and according to Provan does—answer: questions such as “Who is God?” and “Why do evil and suffering mark the world?” By focusing on Genesis and drawing on other Old Testament and extra-biblical sources, Seriously Dangerous Religion constructs a more plausible reading. As it turns out, Provan argues, the Old Testament is far more dangerous than modern critics even suppose. Its dangers are the bold claims it makes upon its readers.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology, History of Interpretation

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Review by Richard S. Briggs
Published 7/16/2015
Citation: Richard S. Briggs, review of Iain Provan, Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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