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Lies, Sex and Politicians

Communicating the Old Testament in Contemporary Culture

Lies, Sex and Politicians

Communicating the Old Testament in Contemporary Culture

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334043409
Published: 01/08/2010

Many Christians write off the Old Testament as an outdated rule book which has little to say to them and has been superseded by the New Testament and the Christian tradition. Lies, Sex and Politicians is for those thinking Christians who want to 'recapture' the Old Testament from those who, in wanting to promote it in a particular way (e.g. in the homosexuality debate), have closed it off to the majority.

John Holdsworth offers a way into the Old Testament through linking some of the themes found in this very diverse collection of texts with themes found in contemporary culture. This in turn enables readers to engage with the Old Testament as a resource for doing Christian theology and ethics today.

John Holdsworth

The Venerable Dr John Holdsworth is a practitioner theologian, currently working as Executive Archdeacon of the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. His research interests centre on the communication of the Bible in contemporary culture, in which field he has published a number of books and study guides.

'John Holdsworth manages to combine quality Old Testament scholarship with a very accessible style, drawing out links to a wealth of aspects of our contemporary culture – and including innovative suggestions for ways of exploring the material.' --
Clare Amos, Director of Theological Studies, Anglican Communion

‘John Holdsworth has the ability to expound the Old Testament’s relevance to our world in an accessible, readable, and insightful way. This is theology at its best – seeing events in our world and relating them to God.’ -- Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales

‘This is the Old Testament at its most talkative and fascinating!  If only all clergy taught their congregations this way.  With deft illustrations and brilliant contemporary parallels John Holdsworth lets the old stories breath again.  The culture of today and the world of the Old Testament may seem miles apart; read this book and think again.’ -- John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford