‘Does the OT Portray a God of Wrath?’ A Conversation with Ed Gallagher


Questions That Matter

I had the great honor of asking Dr. Ed Gallagher a few questions regarding the role of the Old Testament (OT) in the lives of believers.

My questions are in bold.

Many Christians have the view that the OT focuses on God’s wrath while the NT on God’s love. What, if anything, is wrong with such a picture?

Ed: Well, let’s see, what would the evidence for such a view be, i.e., that the OT is more concerned with wrath and the NT more concerned with love? It’s not too hard to imagine how people who hold this view would support it. There are a lot of pretty specific laws in the OT, 613 of them according to the traditional Jewish reckoning, and some of these laws have pretty severe punishments attached to them—such as, “Whoever curses his father or his mother must be put to death” (Exod 21:17; Lev…

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