In this comprehensive and thought-provoking study, Terence Fretheim focuses on the theme of divine suffering, an aspect of our understanding of God which both the church and scholarship have neglected. Maintaining that "metaphors matter," Fretheim carefully examines the ruling and anthropomorphic metaphors of the Old Testament and discusses them in the context of current biblical-theological scholarship. His aim is to broaden our understanding of the God of the Old Testament by showing that "suffering belongs to the person and purpose of God".
Fretheim challenges our notion of God as omniscient and omnipotent by addressing biblical example after example where God (while certainly aware of the possibility of where human choices might go) is being portrayed as surprised, saddened even influenced in His own choices. This is anathema to people who cling to a view of God's sovereignty that may well be non-biblical. The author's views finds further expression in the so-called "open theism" of contemporary authors such as Clark Pinnock, Gregory Boyd and John Sanders (this bookstore carries titles by them). (recommended by Tom Hallas)
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