- Series: Hard Sayings Series the Hard Sayings
- Hardcover: 811 pages
- Publisher: IVP Academic; Subsequent edition (November 6, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 083081423X
- ISBN-13: 978-0830814237
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So, for the person who honestly struggles with interpreting the scripture for himself, I would say this is a good book to have as a reference tool. The authors are certainly scholars who are worth, at the very least, a consideration.
Before addressing the issues, the authors first establish the Bible as God's Word, how arcaheology supports the Bible, accuracy of Old Testament prophecies, and other biblically-based questions. Afterwards, the authors then address specific issues and seemingly contradictory statements in the Bible.
I particulary appreciated the book's format - the questions and issues are arranged in order according to the Bible's organization - starting with Genesis and ending with Revelation.
While some books are addressed in more detail than others, much information is included for the reader.
While you may not agree with all of authors' conclusions, you will certainly be challenged to think about particular issues in the Bible.
Read and enjoy! Highly recommended!
Now, on a defensive note, I've seen the objection from at least one other certain person that the book, hence the length, is essentially one convoluted mess of rationalizations attempting to fight a losing battle. As the work has also been described as 'cumulative rationalizations' and a work of torturous logic. These kind of statements come exceptionally close to the logical fallacy that long and complex arguements or statements imply that said statements are 'patch-work' for a failing viewpoint, paradigm, or what have you. This is a non-sequitur, because it does not follow that a work of great breadth and sophistication is a result of torturous rationalizations. Afterall, no one would suggest encyclopedia writers/publishers are in denial about reality! Indeed, even skeptics produce heavy works, but don't look for these same skeptics to apply such logic there!
In the end, could it be that the great amount of work put into this book, other than to satisfy all the relevant data possible, is to respond to the likewise "exhausting" and even sometimes "torturous" criticism that the Bible so often receives?Read more ›
It may not be a tome of resolutions for those with the a priori commitment to the Bible being inaccurate, but it is helpful in presenting feasible answers to many misunderstood texts of Scripture.
Also helpful is the notion that the Bible is largely written to Hebrews and not to linear-reasoned Greco-Roman philosophers. It just doesn't fit many folks grids because it is not necessarily written to the atomistic thinker (i.e., it's not a text on science).
All in all, this text is an easy to use reference to commonly misunderstood texts of Scripture.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such a helpful book. When I'm doing my Bible study and I come across a verse I'm not sure I understand, or seems kind of odd, I go to this book and look up and see if... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jennifer G. Richmond
Helps to explain several questions about scriptures that I wasn't able to find in Dake's Bible. Great companion book for reading with the Bible.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A bit disappointed in the book, but willing to give it a longer try. Not the book I was wanting, and the way it is displayed is different. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Niceta I. Owen
It's a bit heavy reading, but it's fits the bill for me ThanksPublished on August 5, 2014 by The Old Guy
This is a massive piece of work that could intimidate any casual reader. Takes some concentrated effort and time to work through it in order to communicate the lessons to another. Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by Questant
It is a very helpful resource for hard questions in both Old and New
Testaments. Recommended for all Bible students.