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The Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation Paperback – June 1, 2008
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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 every major Bible difficulty from Genesis to Revelation, staunchly defending the authority and inspiration of Scripture. Written in a problem/solution format, the book covers over eight hundred questions that critics and doubters raise about the Bible. Three extensive indexes--topical, Scripture, and unorthodox doctrines--offer quick and easy access to the answers you need.
Multipurpose in scope and user-friendly in format, The Big Book of Bible Difficulties offers the resources of five books in one:
•a critical commentary on the whole Bible
•an apologetics text
•a Bible difficulties reference
•a theology manual treating important doctrines
•a handbook on verses misused by cults
Norman L. Geisler 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 is professor of Bible and biblical languages and director of apologetics at the Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College.
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Top Customer Reviews
5 stars for being a handy study aid.
Maybe there's not that many newer criticisms of the bible or ones that are that different from the older criticisms but I still would rather look for more up-to-date book on objections to the Bible.
Genesis starts off with the basics, such as the who married Cain and so forth. Geisler and Howe get to the very bottom of everything and I am amazing on how they use their references in other parts of the bible to back up their claims. This book will sharpen your skills in regards to coming up with an exegesis for those tough questions. At first look people will see a "supposed" contradiction, but when you actually do some studying on it, you find out why the specific scripture or passage is what it is, and in the end how the scripture makes more sense after you read it again and compare with another part of the bible.
This book can be read at the Beginner or Intermediate level of apologetics, or you can simply use this to learn more about the bible itself. Perhaps you will come up with a different interpretation this time.
I highly recommend this, as a must have for this subject.
The Big Book of Bible Difficulties offers any dedicated Bible scholar the answers they seek in order to work through the more difficult to understand or seemingly “erroneous” or “contradictory” Biblical ideas and scriptures.
This book is an offensive weapon for those seeking greater understanding by providing apologetic and critical Biblical commentary and highlighting cardinal doctrines. It is also a defensive shield against heresies and those who wish to discredit the Bible in a world that is often unwelcoming toward it.
After an introduction that discusses general errors in Biblical interpretation and defines the Scriptures as timeless and unquestionably authoritative, the book proceeds in linear fashion from Genesis to Revelation by giving well-developed answers to major problems. The answers are by no means cursory and even draw from secular fields (e.g. physics, philosophy, law, biology, linguistics, and ethics) in order to solve problems and prove its assertions. Admittedly, some of the answers are much, much more fulfilling than others, and I thought that a few of the answers lacked any persuasiveness at all. In fact, since many of the answers are intended to be used “when critics ask” I found that in many grey areas the authors tended to overreach in order to produce some answer without there necessarily being much Scriptural meat to bite into. The result of reading between the lines produces an answer that is difficult to see.Read more ›
I recommended this book to some students of mine to help supplement their research (if they chose) on Old Testament books. On the other hand, I feel that the writer is often very fair-minded when dealing with differences between Protestant interpretations of different passages, normalizing these disagreements as options when one is reading the Biblical books. However, when it comes to something "Roman Catholics" say about a passage, the author(s) immediately attack that difference and do not present it as a possible option. So the Catholic reader may find themselves arguing with the writers of this book, since their beliefs are never given the option of being right, while differing Protestant views are usually treated much more charitably.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really great start to understanding some of the potentially difficult bible passages. A wonderful resource if you or someone you know is having difficulties coming to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by C
There is a lot of very interesting information here, but at times the author(s) allow their personal convictions to intrude in what the Bible actually says. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gayle Robinson
This is a really good reference for tough scriptures. Some answers are stronger than others, but all in all it's good to have this as a resource. I recommend it.Published 6 months ago by Tony
Decent reference. There are a few topics that are given only a cursory explanation while some others seem to be given a more thorough explanation than necessary. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cutz
Starting out with a clear case of circular logic: The Bible says it is the word of God, and God doesn't make mistakes, so then the Bible doesn't either. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Beth Wills