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Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties Hardcover – April, 1982

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This encyclopedia is intended for everyone, from scholars and students to layperson -- for all who are troubled by apparent contradictions in the Bible. It argues for the unity and the integrity of the Bible and should convince the skeptic and reassure the person who may be confused by the seeming discrepancies in Scripture. Dr. Archer faces vexing questions that have troubled believers for centuries. His answers are sometimes simple insights that seem afterward to have been obvious all along. But more often his answers are based on careful study of the meaning of words, the cultural context of Bible eras, involved interrelationships among various peoples, a knowledge of the Hebrew numbering systems, and many other details not readily known by the average Bible reader. Some answers are given as plausible, not final, solutions to problems, for still "we know in part" and a humble attitude is becoming to the student of Scripture. Some of the questions answered in this encyclopedia: - Did God approve of Rahab's lie (Josh. 2:4-5)? - Why is it that many of the Old Testament quotations in the New Testament are not literal? - Does the Bible really teach that God is a Trinity? - Does 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 authorize divorce for desertion? - Does 1 Timothy 2:12 forbid the ordination of women? - Does the Bible class abortion with murder?

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Gleason L. Archer Jr., Ph.D., is professor emeritus of Old Testament and Semitic Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310435706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310435709
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Johnson on July 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've used this book for almost 2 decades now, and it remains one of my favorites in the field of Bible difficulties. Archer did a super job giving explanations for difficult passages found in the Bible. Although I have never read the book cover from cover, I've probably read enough of it to count for 3-4 readings! I consider Archer's use of the context of the passage, the Biblical languages, and other pertinent information exemplary. Rarely do I find that I disagree with his assessment, so I give this book my highest endorsement. Another good book of this genre is When Critics Ask by Geisler and Howe. It has been fun for me to compare Archer and Geisler/Howe when they discuss the same passages (which happens more often than not). Again, I highly recommend this book for a research tool in the serious Christian's library.
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I bought this book blindly - I reckoned I might need such a book at some time in the future. Whilst I have never taken it up to deal with a 'Bible difficulty' I have found it to be an excellent book in that it deals with some very tricky theological issues. Hidden in there among the explanations of bible difficulties I found the best EVER (and I have looked around a lot for years) dealing of [1] what happens to babies/children who die before they can sin (or understand their need for Christ) and [2] what happens to people who never hear of Christ. Both of these are dealt with in the Romans sections.
I have heard explanations of these issues before by many others including John Piper and John Stott but having read this book, I feel at last I have got the right explanation and it is based upon and backed up by the scriptures in question. Buy it.
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By A Customer on July 6, 2000
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Dr. Archer is well-schooled. He has a law degree, and extensive training as a linguist. Many of the points he makes in this volume would have been more influential if he had only chosen to annotate the text. He presents numerous ideas about so-called bible difficulties that are not mentioned in commentaries by other authors. Due to the complete absence of footnotes or other annotation, it is nearly impossible to determine what ideas were the product of research and which are opinion. A work of this type should provide the reader with the opportunity to pursue the sources of origen in order to evaluate the author's points against the points of others in the same field.
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Dr. Archer is a scholar and a thoughtful teacher. He reads over 20 different languages and has spent a lifetime studying the Biblical text. This is an excellent book for those who believe that the Bible is a divine book written by human beings. It will not (and is not meant to) convince the skeptic. This is a book for the already convinced.
In most places Dr. Archer gives thoughtful explanations to difficult Bible passages. It will stimilate your thinking.
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By A Customer on February 13, 1999
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My pastor let me borrow his copy when I was having a "crisis of faith." The book answered my specific question and more, and did it well. Not every "difficulty" is answered in the book, but it is certainly a great reference. Every minister, and anyone who critically studies the Bible should have this book.
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I've heard a lot of critics. We must keep in mind that critics, just like believers, are biased. They need the Bible to be untrue. They need it, because they need to live in rank sin. (Please reference RC Sproul's "If There's a God, Why are There Atheists?") I've never seen an alleged contradiction that hasn't been either resolved or enough reasonable explanations given that it remains a problem for me.
This book helps aide those who want to examine these difficulties. I do not agree with the author all of the time. I've seen others give better answers to the same questions. But I must say, when he is on, the author is spot on. And he's on a lot. The book is also not as exhaustive as I would like. My only other problem with the book is that it would have benefited from more people writing in it (to give it more of an encyclopedia feel). However, it is a wonderful resource I highly recommend. I also like how the book deals with some passages that are difficult to understand, not just alleged contradictions.
I highly suggest reading his passage on the critics of Daniel, and how these critics completely ignore the evidence to give it a late date. Why did they give the book a late dating? Because if they didn't, they would be admitting to fulfilled prophecy. That is the bias believers are up against. And that is why I feel justified in saying what I said in the first paragraph of this review.
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I am not an educated man, with less then a High-School degree (11 years) and flunking out of that. I am now 72 and still working on my English grammar; That being said I was still able to comprehend and understand Dr. Gleason's book. I am an avid Bible reader and had no problem reading Dr. Gleason's book with a little help from my dictionary, it was one of the very best book I have read on the subject of Bible Difficulties I have 6 other books in my library on this subject. I highly recommend this book to any one that wants clarity and documentation within the subject matter in this Book.
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