• God Is a Man of War

  • The Problem of Violence in the Old Testament
  • By: Stephen De Young
  • Narrated by: Stephen De Young
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Infanticide. Holy war. Divine wrath. Violence in the Old Testament has long been a stumbling block for Christians and skeptics alike. Yet, conventional efforts to understand this violence - whether by downplaying it as allegory or a relic of primitive cultures, or by dismissing the authority of Scripture altogether - tend to raise more questions than they answer. 

God Is a Man of War offers a fresh interpretation of Old Testament accounts of violence, by exploring them through the twofold lens of Orthodox tradition and historical context. Father Stephen De Young examines what these difficult passages reveal about the nature of Christ and His creation, bearing witness to a world filled not only with pain and suffering - often of human making - but also with the love of God.

©2021 Stephen De Young (P)2021 Stephen De Young

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  • 11-03-21

AWESOME

great follow up to the religion of the apostles . another classic of modern orthodox scholarship

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Necessary book to understand the bible.

This book was very helpful to understand some very confusing parts of the Bible. there is just no way I would understand the text without this book help.

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Required reading

Everyone in the west interested in a deeper and fuller understanding of scripture should read God is a Man of War.
To often has the Old Testament been misinterpreted, misquoted or down right twisted. Fr De Young brings those difficult passages to a clearer understanding and tie to the New Testament for those searching to be closer to God.

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Answered Questions

This book answered a lot of questions I've had since I was a child. Will be rereading.

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The other side of the coin.

This book dealt with the problem of violence in scripture in a holistic and historical way. Concisely covering both the issues and the worldviews and assumptions we as modern readers bring to the table, without excusing the difficulty of what we find in the Bible. If we can pause for a moment and not carry all the luggage of our current cultural taboos and moral preening at this ancient text; we may find the heart behind it, and maybe new life in its darkest passages without arbitrarily throwing them away because our morality is so advanced. Highly recommend!

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An important book for every person

As a listener of The Lord of Spirits podcast (of which Fr. Stephen DeYoung co-hosts with Fr. Andrew Damick), I knew to expect a very methodical and thorough explanation of violence in Scripture. We should not be ashamed and shy away from this topic, one which religious skeptics often hammer at to prove that the God of the Bible is not as loving and just as we claim. Well, Fr. DeYoung faces the problem head on, making this a book for every Christian and skeptic.

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This work is the best of the best

The subject of. God being A man of War an be intimidating in a world where I order to accept God at all he must first be changed into a being who doesn’t mean all those harsh things that come out of his mouth who doesn’t have a specific law where are actions placed against it come up short he Hass to be the nice white haired man who looks just like Santa Claus and acts like him too. He must never be allowed to step or be allowed to judge our actions or our hearts against firmly written Commandments. Father Stephen cuts right to the chase and shows what the differences are in how God approaches evil in this world and how he deals with it there’s no blame or shame he goes straight to the source of the problem and invites us to join him in the fight. Thank you father Stephen I look forward to your next book. Submit

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great intellectual presentation

the topics presented in this book need to be discussed more frequently. I think some people struggle to think outside of particular western paradigms of scholarship and need this type of presentation to challenge their contemporary presumptions. I appreciate the reminders in the book that these were communities of people with similar social, political, and personal issues and ideas and language morphology must consider these things in context to these.

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Why does God seem to do bad Things?

If you’ve ever asked this question in relation to the Old Testament of the Christian or Jewish scriptures, Fr. Stephan has some answers. Well researched, footnoted and organized, you will hear the spiritual and historical background behind several of the Bible’s most difficult and violent episodes. Highly recommended.

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Good book

In under 5 hours of listening time, Stephen De Young covers a topic that could fill a library. I was impressed with the richness of the content and I had to slow the playback to 90% so that I could better digest all the information he managed to pack into this book. The author is the narrator and is pleasing to listen to (not surprising as he also hosts several podcasts with good followings).
Throughout the book, De Young explains tough passages from the Old Testament, many of which have been used to seed doubt in believers and describes the way people in Christ's time would understand the Scriptures. As examples, he covers the idea of sin as infection or disease, the nature of death, and spiritual warfare. He also has an entire chapter towards the end of the book solely dedicated to addressing “problem passages” very concisely.
Overall, I would recommend this book even if you do not struggle with some of the harsher passages of the Old Testament scripture.

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  • 04-13-22

Good short book

The book helpfully covers the controversy of biblical violence, while also introducing new concepts and wider viewpoints that develop from such topics.