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When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook on Bible Difficulties Hardcover – September 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 615 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801011426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801011429
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought the book was well laid out and logical to follow in terms of presentation.
J. F Foster
If one has ever been attacked by skeptics(as I have)and wasn't quite prepared to "give an answer" as the Bible commands, this book will be right up your alley.
Joseph Tanner
I use this book every day as I read my daily scriptures or prepare Sunday School lessons.
D. Bennett

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. F Foster on May 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Geisler/Howe provide a good resource to respond to the kind of objections that regularly surface when it comes to alleged Bible contradictions or errors. I thought the book was well laid out and logical to follow in terms of presentation. I thought that many of the explanations were adequate, some were exquisite, a few others seemed to fall a bit short. Overall, I think it's a book that can be repeatedly referred to for guidance, since objections to the inerrancy of Scripture are always swirling around even in the midst of sound and compelling rebuttals.
I did not give the book 5 stars for 2 reasons. First, I thought that some (not many) of the explanations offered were a little hollow. But as I'm typing this, I can only think of 2 instances where I thought this. Secondly, there were a few verses in Scripture that were not dealt with in the book that probably deserved to be addressed due to their controversial or non crystal clear meaning. But again, on the whole, I thought this book was pretty thorough both in the verses it analyzed, and in the analysis itself. Not perfect, but a good solid resource.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By E. Johnson on July 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favorite books of Bible difficulties (the other by Gleason Archer, Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties). Although they cannot possibly cover every single difficult passage with very detailed explanations, I have found the authors' exegesis to be very sound. They consider the important elements to interpreting a passage, especially the text's context and historical situation. Also, the biblical languages are utilized in a very simple layman's style. I have been very satisfied by their answers, and I rarely look up a difficult passage that was not included in this book. (Hint: Be ready to look at the other synoptic gospel accounts if the first passage is not listed.)
If you are looking for a good reference book to answer biblical "contradictions" or out-of-context prooftexts that supposedly support a very unbiblical position, then this is your book. If nothing more, Geisler and Howe give you some ideas of the proper interpretation, and then you can go look for more information if it's not satisfactory. Nobody ever said that being a Christian would ever be easy!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Trent Dougherty on July 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I've used this book to teach a seeker's bible study. Most people seem to really appreciate the honesty. The cumulative effect of looking up entries is to realize how bible difficulties arise. This is as valuable as any particular entry. Some difficulties are treated more in-depth than others. Some can be thoroughly dealt with in a short entry, others solutions can only be gestured at. This book is not meant to be the end-all-be-all of bible difficulties but it is a comprehensive overview of Bible difficulties. At first, the size of the book might be discouraging: this is a big book. However, it becomes encouraging when you see how-time and time again-there are simple solutions or natural explanations for the Bible difficulties, it's just that it takes longer to explain a solution than it does to raise a problem. This should go next to his _Encyclopedia of Aplogetics_, _General Introduction to the Bible_, and _When Skeptics Ask_ on your reference shelf.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In my humble opinion, Geisler has written an excellent book concerning honest question biblical critics have for Christians.
With over 800 questions, the book also has 3 indices for quick and easy reference: topical, Scriptural, and unorthodox doctrines. Thankfully, the questions are also organized by the Bible (starting with Genesis and ending with Revelation) instead of by the question.
While you may not agree with all of the author's conclusions, this does not merit the low rating of some "critics". Such people have nothing better to do than to slam Christian author such as Geisler who try to help others either know more about the Bible or to think more deeply about biblical issues. What an empy existence and life these people must have!
I have heard Geisler preach on occasion and have periodically referred to the book when preparing a Sunday School lesson. While I do not worship Geisler or other authors (and I believe they also do not encourage it!), I do appreciate their efforts to better explain the difficult issues mentioned in the Bible. While he does not claim to be the sole authority on the Bible, Geisler's book will certainly challenge you on what you do believe about the Bible.
Read and enjoy and be challenged!
Highly recommended!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Bennett on October 26, 2003
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I use this book every day as I read my daily scriptures or prepare Sunday School lessons.
It is easy to use because it it in Book-chapter-verse sequence.
Norman Geisler is very well respected in his field, enough said on him.
Regarding the negative reviews on Amazon.com they tend to fall in one of two categories:
1. There are those out there whose life ambition is to post negative reviews about Christian books they clearly have never read. Hmmmm... I wonder why.
2. Those that have read the book and take issue with it for their own reasons. I can't say that their reasons are valid or not but I will say that this book is no replacement doing your own homework. Of course no one should just take someone's word for anything. However, whether you agree or not it certainly gives a good starting off point.
It is worth the money at any price.
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