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on August 25, 2015
excellent book for any atheists library. a fine addition to Dawkins, Hitchens and others. Great resource for debunking the swill of the buybull!
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on September 30, 2016
A must for anyone with faith or no faith
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on November 10, 2003
I personally liked his first book better, it was written in a style where one could read it, this one is more for the researcher, so therefore I will still rate it five stars because of the different purpose in style. This book is for one who has the bible open and is reading both at the same time, to compare the items one by one.
McKinsey's two books and "Losing Fatith in Faith" are the best books for debater to have read.
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on September 23, 2011
I have barely scratched the surface of the wealth of material and information available in this wonderful reference.

A long missing tool in the arsenal of the counter-apologist has been a way to quickly find contradictory or troubling verses related to a topic of debate faster than the apologist can say "The Bible doesn't actually say that".

However, I offer a word of caution. Do NOT use this as a primary source of information or argumentation. Many of the verse McKinsey highlights as "Excellent to Use" are also the ones that won't even phase an apologist or any Christian who has done any sort of harmonization. Also, he uses some arguments based on conflicted archaeology (e.g. thieves weren't crucified or nailed through the feet) or argument from absolute literacy for passages that even fundamentalists don't read as literal (e.g. Dying by the sword meaning literally killed "with a sword" as opposed to killed violently).

Still, I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who has a serious interest in discussing Biblical Errancy with anyone. Just make sure that you are using it to support (i.e. proof text) your arguments rather than getting new arguments from it. Use your critical thinking when selecting which verses to present.
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on September 27, 2011
Very useful as a KEY to issues of inconsistency, but should be used as a guide for individual research and rational analysis of the full contexts of quotations, only, as some of his thinking is shallow, often due to a "looseness" of application of English-language word meanings. Even for an innate sceptic of bible inerrancy, such as myself, A FEW of his conclusions appear designed to fulfil his "errancy" objective, rather than reflecting an unbiased search for the truth, which, after all, is what genuine scholars will be looking for. Use of the material as a basis for research should be accompanied by a dispassionate approach to futher reasoned analysis of the issues he raises. Much will be confirmed; some will raise doubts.
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on May 12, 2006
McKinsey's second book on biblical errancy, "Biblical errancy: a reference guide" is another important book in the study of biblical errancy. However, readers of his first book, "The encyclopedia of biblical errancy" should consider several things before ordering this book.

This book is extremely useful for those who really have the interest in digging their head into the sea of biblical errors. It is probably the most comprehensive list ever made in this field. However, the commentary about the issue are no different from the encyclopedia, making it rather repetitious for those who want extra arguments from this newer work rather than a comprehensive list of erroneous verses.

However, if you really want examine the verses one by one, than this is a ultra-fabulous book for you. It allows you to refer back to the bible to examine whether McKinsey had taken the verse "out-of-context", which is a common criticism made by apologists on works of this kind of nature.

I think the best way to validate the issue is to examine the list of erroneous bible verses by yourself. Reading passages in the context. Reference to commentaries, especially the more detailed ones, preferably by evangelistic authors, are preferrable because nothing is better that attacking one's armor with his own sword (an old Chinese saying).

Another problem with this book is the high price tag which I suppose, is the most fatal problem with this book.

This overall is a good book. However, you need to think twice about whether your need matches the aim of this book.
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on September 26, 2001
This reference guide is particularly useful for quick location of verses and concepts that arise in discussions or debates, although it provides satisfying reading all by itself. A simple rating system gives the reader the best verse(s) to use in addressing a particular topic. The section on Jesus has been enlarged and given special attention, particularly in the area of alleged OT prophecies of the coming of a Messiah . Want to know what extrabiblical sources, such as Josephus or Tacitus, had to say about Jesus or early Christianity? They are given critical scrutiny here. As McKinsey says in his introduction, "...if you are tired of having Bible-quoting friends, relatives, and acquaintances toss Scripture in your face and would like to have an avalanche of information to toss in theirs....
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on October 17, 2000
C. Dennis McKinsey's work on this book is an amazing piece of scholarship. At over 800 pages it provides the most comprehensive catalog of Biblical contradictions, ambiguities and errors of fact I have ever seen. Although it can be read from beginning to end, it is primarily a reference work that documents the problems of using the Bible as a source to validate one's views.
After reading this book, I shall never again justify any view I hold with the phrase, "because the Bible says so." To quote from the play Inherit the Wind,"It's a good book, but it's not the only book."
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on June 1, 2008
This is a fabulous guide to Biblical Errancy. Probably nothing as comprehensive as this book anywhere in the world. With more than 800 pages of easy to find errors and contradictions that include the entire Bible. Well written in a logical format, this book also covers some of the Koran and the Book of Mormon. I feel all honest Christians and theists should read this book. As a former Seminary student and now an Atheist, I was surprised at how much information, in a logical easy to reference format was at hand. I have to agree, this book addresses virtually every significant topic of Scripture containing errors, contradictions and fallacies, delineating the problem within each. With this book you will not only learn something about the Bible; you will be able to debate anyone with speed and ease.
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on July 13, 2013
I am sure that there must be reliable, well-researched books listing contradictions and discrepancies in scriptural texts; but this one does not seem to be among them. Early in the "search inside" excerpt, the author quotes this verse from Matthew 11:10 in the King James Version:

"For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee."

The author says that Jesus is quoting Malachi 3:1, but says also that, "Jesus created the phrase "before thy face," which does not exist in Malachi."

Looking up that verse, I find that the King James translation of Malachi 3:1 begins as follows: "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me."

It is true that this phrase "before thy face" does not exist in the King James translation of Malachi 3:1; but does this really mean that "Jesus created the phrase"?

McKinsey apparently does not know that in the Hebrew, Malachi 3:1 does in fact use the Hebrew idiom for "before me" which is lefanai, which, if taken literally, would say, "before my face." But it is properly and idiomatically translated "before me," which is what the King James translators quite properly did. It would be awkward and strange in English to say, "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before my face," and it would distort the meaning, because the Hebrew author did not intend to refer to a face; he was just using the normal Hebrew way of saying "before me."

It is thus a mistake to claim, as McKinsey does, that "Jesus created the phrase `before thy face,' which does not exist in Malachi." A really expensive mistake, if you buy this (presently very expensive) book.

He might have claimed instead that the author of Matthew relied on the Septuagint, which translates the phrase from Malachi 3:1 a little too literally into the Greek. The Septuagint translators of Malachi 3:1 used the Greek phrase "pro prosopou mou, "before my face." The author of Matthew, using the Septuagint translation, it seems, simply changed "mou" to "sou" in order to change the pronoun from first person to second person, in order to fit his own grammatical and rhetorical purposes. Centuries later the King James translators then translated the phrase Matthew 11:10 literally from the New Testament Greek as "before thy face."

This does not add up to "Jesus created the phrase 'before thy face,' which does not exist in Malachi," which is McKinsey's claim.

McKinsey is apparently flying blind. He certainly did not check the Hebrew to see if his claims about what "Jesus created" make sense. If any research beyond the King James is needed, he apparently does not do it.

If McKinsey's book could be acquired for under about $10, shipping included, it might be worth it in order to have a long list of verses worth double-checking to see if they present any problems. Just do not rely on McKinsey's comments on those verses. For free lists, one might start by searching the Internet on the words "contradictions in biblical texts" or something of the sort. I found interesting, usable lists within seconds. If I happened to know of any well-researched books on this topic, I would insert a product link; perhaps someone else can help out with a title or two.
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