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God Speaks: What He Says, What He Means Paperback – July 7, 2015
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About the Author
Dr. Craig Evans is a professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. He received his M. Div. from Western Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Claremont Graduate University in southern California. A well-known evangelical scholar throughout the world, he is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.
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He begins the book with basic information about the Bible. Next is an exploration of what the Bible is all about. He ends with a section addressing questions about the Bible. Topics covered include how to determine what the Bible says (genres and interpretation), the reliability of the manuscripts, historical evidence for the accuracy of the Bible, important questions about life the Bible answers, and what the Bible says to us today.
I really appreciate Evans' comments on the Old Testament. Critics often see it as full of rules, judgment and violence. Evans points out the promises and blessings that are often overlooked. I liked how he kept reminding us what the Bible says to us today, warning us what happens when we ignore it. He does a wonderful job of explaining who Jesus is and what He did, providing reasons to believe in His resurrection. His introduction to biblical interpretation is superb. There is also a list of books for those who would like to study further the topics covered.
I recommend this book to brand new Christians, Christians who have forgotten the importance of the Bible, and to people who don't know much about the Bible at all. The information Evans has provided helps us understand why the Bible has been the all time best selling book and why it is the guiding light of so many people.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
From the back cover: Explore and examine the depth of the Bible with evangelical scholar Dr. Craig Evans in God Speaks.
No matter how familiar or unfamiliar you are with the Bible, God Speaks will bring its timeless truth alive as you view it with fresh eyes and apply its restorative power to your life.
Far from a dusty old book of do’s and don’ts, the Bible is a relevant and eternal message of love and reconciliation that holds the power to shape society and transform lives. Dr. Craig Evans, a consultant on Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s blockbuster miniseries The Bible, unfolds Scripture with compelling clarity. God Speaks will equip you to provide answers to skeptics’ questions about the Bible’s true message.
By taking readers on a journey through each part of the Bible, God Speaks…
Examines the Bible as a force for progress in economics, justice, charity, and human rights
Explores the Bible’s power to shape culture and transform individual lives
Extols God’s deeply resonant message of forgiveness and hope for all
Equips readers with tools to understand Scripture to apply its ever-enduring precepts to daily living
Why is The Bible important? Why do we need to pay attention to what God says and take action upon His word? In “God Speaks” Dr. Evans addresses those very questions and more. Dr. Evans divides his new book into three parts: Part One: What Is The Bible?, Part Two: What Is The Bible About? and Part Three: Common Questions About The Bible. “The Bible not only transforms society but it also transforms individuals”. Dr. Evans provides us a fresh insight into what The Bible is and why God had it written. There is a huge amount of truth that will transform our lives within these pages. I think everyone should have a copy of this book and give it as gifts to our friends and family members.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Upon the first receipt of this book, I tried to start reading it a couple of times before it really caught my interest. Dr. Craig Evans is a renowned Biblical scholar. For the more academic among us, I believe they will find this to be an excellent work, chocked full of important data. The casual reader or newbie Christian may find himself scratching his head, trying to understand all the data..
This is a well-written book that should be well received by the theological community. I say the next thing, not to cast negativity on the volume, but to try to clarify a point. My personal reading of this book was difficult. I found myself reading the same paragraph two and three times in my effort to understand. I believe that the content of this book will be "over the heads" of the average reader looking to learn. It's entirely academic, showing little of the author's personality. But, with this subject, that is perfectly acceptable.
The author's purpose, I believe, is to equip Christians to understand and defend the Gospel in this post-modern world. Dr. Evans does an excellent job in summarily outlining his argument for such things as the Creation Story, the Source of Christ's authority, the Last Days, etc.
My favorite part of the book was Part 3, "Common Questions About the Bible". A chapter is devoted to understanding the violence in the Bible. And, another chapter identifies numerous non-Canon tangibles that support the Bible's content, meaning, and authority. Examples of these would include: the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian inscriptions, the Davidic era ruins in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and many more that the secular, scientific community cannot refute.
I believe that "God Speaks" is an analysis of a centuries long love story. It's about God's love, His mercy, His longing for relationship with His People.
I give this book 4-Stars because it is well written and documented, but at the same time, a bit un-accessible to the young Christian and the general population. Hey, if you want to learn more about the Bible than you could ever imagined, this book should be on your library shelf.