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New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties Hardcover – August 5, 2001
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Legend has it, (I have not been able to verify whether this is 100% true or not) that he was so gifted in languages that for fun (and as a challenge) he would study the Bible in a different language every year to continue to grow and develop mentally.
Archer served as one of the 50 original translators of the NASB published in 1971. He also worked on the team which translated the NIV Bible published in 1978. I give this introduction, because many people are not familiar with Archer (unfortunately), but he was a brilliant Christian scholar who could have excelled as a lawyer (his father was the founder and president of Suffolk Law School), and chose to use his exceptional gifts to defend the inerrancy and integrity of the Scriptures over the span of his entire adult life. I would say that along with Bruce Waltke and Walter Kaiser Jr., he was one of the most elite and influential Old Testament Evangelical Scholars at the end of the Twentieth Century.
As for this book - it's simply outstanding.Read more ›
One important consideration in the Gospels is what the New Testament scholar N.T. (Tom) Wright pointed out, that most of the things Jesus said, he most likely said many times, and with many minor variations.
I didn't give this book five stars, because Archer is unnecessarily intimidated by old-Earth propaganda, but does believe in a global Flood that actually wipes out alleged geological evidence for age. But since this occupies only a small fraction of the book which is otherwise excellent, only a one-star deduction is warranted.
Basically Mr. Gleason says that if your spouse LEAVES YOU because you go saved, you can't remarry until she bangs someone else, then it's OK to remarry. This is simply WRONG. He also incorrectly makes the exception in Matthew about ADULTERY, which it's NOT. It's Fornication. Porneia. A much different Greek word used then that for Adultery which is Moicheia. Matthew is a very Jewish Gospel which was directed to mostly Jews. This exception was ONLY given in Matthew which addressed the Jewish Law a bride must be a virgin. If she committed fornication before her wedding night she could be put divorced or if her husband found out she wasn't a virgin in her wedding night.
This is NOT talking about ADULTERY.
In fact, if you make it say ADULTERY you cause scripture to contradict itself which we know can't happen.
After seeing how badly Mr Archer butchered 1 Corinthians I tossed the book out.
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So helpful. I recommend this for any questions you have regarding discrepancies in the Bible.Published 3 months ago by Carrie Mayes
A nice resource to help you in your understanding. Makes a good addition to your apologetics library too.Published 6 months ago by Halo
I preach part-time and Archer's book is very helpful when I come to a rather difficult passage. Archer knew approximately 23 languages during his lifetime, and while his knowledge... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Roger Herrington
I was very satisfied with the book. It is more of a reference book so I haven't read it. Thanks. Bob JonesPublished 10 months ago by Robert Jones
Starts by qualifying biblical value as equal with inerrancy then ignores the fact that there are contradictions when taking a plain reading of biblical text. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Coi Pearce