Qty:1
  • List Price: $29.99
  • Save: $10.94 (36%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Big Book of Bible Dif... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by BRSellz
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Fast Shipping. Minor shelf wear. No markings or highlights. Pages are in good condition. /ksb-185
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $8.73
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

The Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation Paperback – June 1, 2008

43 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$19.05
$15.66 $15.00

"Destiny: Step into Your Purpose"
The guide to pursuing your true purpose, from bestselling author T.D. Jakes. Browse more selections like this
$19.05 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation + The Big Book of Christian Apologetics: An A to Z Guide (A to Z Guides) + When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook on Christian Evidences
Price for all three: $50.37

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

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 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.

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 Charlotte, North Carolina.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801071585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801071584
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Hobgoblin VINE VOICE on July 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've sometimes bought a commentary or other book just to get insight into a single passage. This book tackles many of the more difficult in a single book. What I like here is that you aren't just given the opinions of the authors, but will sometimes see other solutions they may not agree with. So you don't always feel like you're being force fed the authors position but instead given pertinent information to digest for yourself. With a page or less devoted to most passages you're not going to get in depth exegesis here, but you will find decisive insight that often clears things up. You can dig deeper elsewhere if necessary.

5 stars for being a handy study aid.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
68 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Angel on June 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have not read enough of this book to give a fair opinion on it. I will say though, I bought this book thinking that it was a brand new Q/A book about bible difficulties and it ended up not being such. This book is a republication of an older book titled, When the critics ask, a popular hand book on bible difficulties by Norman L. Geisler and Thomas Howe - published in 1992. I checked and compared both books and it had the same information. (UPDATE: another reviewer wrote down that there are 12 new entries that weren't found in the older book that I'm referring to). The book does say on one of the beginning pages that it's a republication of the other book I mentioned but I felt misled because there was no way for me to check that on Amazon.com and the book was passed off as if it's brand new and not a republication. I was looking for a Q/A and commentary bible difficulties book that would present current issues that skeptics are using to discredit the bible, like about the stories of Jesus being a copy of other ancient myths, etc.

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.
8 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cornell on April 25, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe do a great job helping us all figure out the difficulties. It was a great idea to mix up a philosopher with a bible professor. There aren't that many books on this subject, and I've heard good things about Geisler so I choose him over Ron Rhodes and a few others who had also written books on this subject. I'd have to say I made the right choice here.

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.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kurgan on June 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book pretty much assumes the reader accepts the Bible as the inspired word of God, or is hoping to find support for that belief in this apologetic tome. It attempts to answer common objections that are made that the Bible "contradicts itself" which often comes up in conversations between Christians and non-Christians. Therefore it seeks to be an apologetic resource for those wishing to defend the integrity of the Bible (and to the wider strategy of supporting the doctrine of "inerrancy" that the Bible, being an inspired text, is without error). It cannot possibly answer all objections one could imagine, but does deal with many of them, and it is not the only major book out there to do so (Gleason Archer's Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties is famous for having the same goal).

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 ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
*** Potential buyers should be aware that this is a re-publication of Geisler and Howe’s 1972 book, When Critics Ask. This is the same exact book with a new name and a different cover! ***

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 ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation
This item: The Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation
Price: $19.05
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: christianity