- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (October 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006067542X
- ISBN-13: 978-0060675424
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,647,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Is the Bible True?: How Modern Debates and Discoveries Affirm the Essence of the Scriptures Paperback – October 3, 2000
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In this lucid, insightful work, U.S. News & World Report religion writer Jeffrey L. Sheler draws upon years of investigation and in-depth interviews to tackle such controversial subjects as the recent Jesus Seminar, modern biblical archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the mysterious Bible codes. This solid exploration into some of the thorniest aspects of current debates about the Bible and religion concludes with a message of reassurance about historical accuracy, validity, and integrity of the Scriptures. Sheler's bold but balanced investigation discloses a Bible still worthy of belief in a modern age. In this authoritative book, renowned U.S. News & World Report religion writer Jeffrey L. Sheler sifts through the claims and counterclaims of contemporary biblical studies. After carefully investigating the full spectrum of cutting-edge research and conflicting reports, he challenges the popular perception that the credibility of the Bible has been seriously undermined by critical scholarship. Rather, he concludes that the weight of the historical evidence upholds the essential truth of Exodus, the Gospel accounts of Jesus, and other vital elements of the Bible. The author draws extensively from his own interviews with leading Bible experts and on-site reports from Israel and Egypt in his examination of scholarship's hot-button issues, including: Dramatic archaeological discoveries that both affirm and challenge the history in the Bible. The controversial quest for the historical Jesus and its sometimes flawed arguments and skeptical assumptions regarding the reliability of the Gospels. The amazing revelations of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient texts that profoundly influence our understanding of the Bible. The mysterious phenomenon of The Bible Code and why there may be far less to its doomsday prophesies than meets the eye. Sheler's considerable experience as a leading religion journalist enables him to get to the heart of the issues without the jargon. Written in clear, compelling prose, Is the Bible True? Presents a sophisticated analysis informed by important scholarly work in lucid, accessible terms.
About the Author
Jeffery L. Sheler is an award-winning journalist and has been a religion writer at U.S. News & World Report for nine years. He is a correspondent for PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and lives in Washington, D.C.
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professional scholars have been writing about the Bible. He writes
with a reporter's skill about the issues and comes out with what I would
call perspectives and conclusions that a believer in God takes.
His style is interesting and will hold an adult's attention.
I hold an earned M.A. in religion and can say he did his homework.
It was refreshing to read a positive and honest evaluation of the evidences, rather than the unfounded negativity that one usually finds in modern Biblical study. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for the evidence to present an honest apologetic defense of the Scripture as true and inspired.