42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Buy it, put it on the bookshelf, and then use it,
This review is from: When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook on Bible Difficulties (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!