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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; abridged edition edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801071887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801071881
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

Your most difficult Bible questions--answered.

The Bible is full of difficult passages that are hard for believers to understand, let alone those who doubt Scripture. Where can you turn for solid answers on the thorny and complex parts of God's Word? This comprehensive volume offers clear and concise answers to major Bible difficulties from Genesis to Revelation, staunchly defending the authority and inspiration of Scripture.

Written in a problem/solution format, Making Sense of Bible Difficulties covers dozens of questions--old and new--that critics and doubters raise about the Bible.


Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University Chicago) is cofounder and former dean of Southern Evangelical Seminary. He is the author of more than seventy books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.

Thomas Howe (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of Bible and biblical languages and director of apologetics at the Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College.

About the Author

Norman L. Geisler (Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago) has taught at top evangelical schools for over fifty years and is distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He is the author of more than seventy books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics. Thomas Howe (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of Bible and biblical languages and director of apologetics at the Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College in North Carolina.

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Norman Geisler (PhD, Loyola University) is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and author or coauthor of over fifty books including Decide for Yourself, Baker's Encyclopedia of Apologetics, and When Skeptics Ask.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Badaracco on October 21, 2009
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Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe, having spent their lives studying the Holy Scriptures, bring us this new title, Making Sense of Bible Difficulties.

The authors' position is unequivocal, as suggested by the opening line of their introduction: "The truth is that there is not even one demonstrated error in the original text of the Bible."

Geisler and Howe lament the presumption-of-guilt bias that many modern biblical critics often betray as they subject the Word of God to scathing interrogation. Like Aesop's blind men attempting to describe the elephant, these critics latch onto sticky snatches of Scriptural enigma as if such uncertainties defined the whole.

The authors' primary goal is to supply believers with well-researched and coherent arguments to effectively share and defend the Faith. But, more importantly, they seek to bolster the readers' courage to tackle their own exegetical bogeys without fear of their faith crumbling under the onslaught of reason.

The material is neatly organized. Bible difficulties are trotted out and dispatched one by one, in biblical order from Genesis to Revelation. Each "problem" is concisely stated in a paragraph or two, followed by the authors' "solution"---a few paragraphs of facts and arguments.

They tend to flavor their material with a dash of denominational spice, and in a few instances spin dizzying arguments to support the conclusions at which they have arrived. However, in all fairness, they are not reluctant to acknowledge---and give equal space to---other points of view that merit discussion.

Geisler and Howe defend God's proficiency in matters of science, and attempt to show that His Scriptures are not at loggerheads with scientific fact.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By vwbuggin on June 26, 2010
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This book is a wonderful addition to your library of religious books. This is a fun, easy to read book that answers questions that we all ask but dont know where to find the answers. Its written so even the youngest Christians can enjoy and understand it. I purchased it because I myself had many questions which this book answers. Its a fantastic book, and I am so glad I purchased it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mills on November 26, 2011
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The Authors did an excellent job in putting this book together. In the Introduction they tackle the 17 most common mistakes people make in their approach & handling of Bible difficulties and lay out an excellent format on helping to resolve them. This book is true to it's name. If you are looking for clear and concise answers to difficult bible passages you will love this book.

The contents of the book was not tedious but was so precise and concise that it was a pleasure to read. It did not have the feel of having to force myself to read this, as if I would be graded on an examine at school. In other words, this book was a stimulating joyful journey from Genesis to Revelation, clarifying misunderstood text in the bible. I loved the presentation and thorough way the book is written. Difficult passages are laid out with the Question, Problem and Solution in caption followed by a clear detailed solution with many bible passages as references. This is a book on hope and bible truth. It will help decrease your distress and doubt. The Authors do a great task of enhancing the credibility and reliability of the bible.

One difficult bible question was how Jesus could have died on Friday yet been in the grave three days and nights? I discovered this was a Hebrew figure of speech and that three days and three nights in the Hebrew language refers to any part of 3 days and nights. It does not necessarily mean a 24 hour period. Other bible examples are given, for instance the Psalmist in 1:2 said he meditates day and night on God's word does not mean every second in 24 hours of the day and night. The same three days and night was used in the Book of Esther without meaning 72 hours but was a reference to parts of the three days or night.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Funk on June 30, 2013
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Dr.Geisler always comes through with exact details and reviews of commonly held positions--he s always a joy to read.Recommended for all ages..
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Allison on September 29, 2012
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Another, "I-like-to-hear-myself-talk" book. As a former preacher and evangelist of 30 years, I was hoping for more out of this book. No one gives a crap about the so-called discrepancies this book covers. It's just another Christian money maker. Besides, it is definitely biased by their brand of Christian religion. Save your money and go get a pizza.
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