As a fellow teacher of the Old Testament, and one who has attempted to address some of the obstacles Strawn has observed, I’m deeply sympathetic toward his project in The Old Testament Is Dying. I’m committed to doing my part to bring the language of the Old Testament back to life. Part of me wonders whether most readers of this book will be like me, people who already love the Old Testament, making the book essentially a sermon preached to the choir. I hope and pray, however, that this is not the case. Because in the end, when we make a commitment to regularly read, teach, preach, and sing the Old Testament, we’re doing more than nursing a dying language back to health. We’re also connecting personally to a living God.
David T. Lamb teaches the Old Testament at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. He is the author of God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? (InterVarsity Press) and Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style (Zondervan).