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Why Trust the Bible? (9Marks) Hardcover – October 31, 2015
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“Now more than ever, Christians need to know how to defend the truth of God’s Word in the midst of an increasingly hostile world. In this book for Christians and non-Christians alike, Gilbert sets forth compelling arguments in support of the trustworthiness of the Bible—equipping believers with an important tool for engaging a skeptical world.”
—Josh McDowell, author and speaker
“This book fills a great need in a day when people raise all kinds of legitimate questions about the Bible and its trustworthiness before they’ll even open it to take a look. Greg Gilbert’s Why Trust the Bible? answers that question by examining a series of issues people often raise in order to not take a look at this greatest of books. In everyday language, he shows why we can trust Scripture and pay attention to what it says about life.”
—Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director of Cultural Engagement, Howard G. Hendricks Center, and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
“‘Can we really trust the Bible?’ It’s an important question to consider, especially in the face of our culture’s skepticism. Greg Gilbert takes on this question directly, providing clear and convincing answers that will help the reader fully trust the Scriptures. Why Trust the Bible? is a great resource for equipping Christians to passionately defend the Bible, and it also challenges skeptics to rethink their position. I benefitted greatly from reading this book.”
—Christian Wegert, Senior Pastor, Arche Gemeinde, Hamburg, Germany
“This outstanding book provides a magnificent summary of the evidence in support of the Bible’s historicity. It is well argued, brief, thorough, highly readable, and compelling. I not only recommend it but will also seek to give it to many friends—both believers and skeptics.”
—William Taylor, Rector, St. Helen's Bishopsgate, London; author, Understanding the Times and Partnership
“Many students I meet know that they should trust the Bible, but they don’t know why—and so they often don’t. This book tackles that question with clarity and ease. Well researched and accessibly written, this will be one of my new go-to resources for earnest seekers and new believers.”
—J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina; author, Gaining By Losing
“Greg Gilbert makes for a friendly, convincing guide along one important pathway to trusting the Bible. He lays out an amazingly simple strand of good sense that weaves its way right through the many complex arguments for Scripture’s reliability as a historical document. For those investigating the Bible—and for those who love to share it—this book lights the way, not only to clear thinking about Scripture but also to meeting the risen Christ.”
—Kathleen B. Nielson, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition
About the Author
Greg Gilbert (MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of What Is the Gospel?, James: A 12-Week Study, and Who Is Jesus?, and is the co-author (with Kevin DeYoung) of What Is the Mission of the Church?.
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Top Customer Reviews
While there are many well written Theological Books on the Subject of the Bibles Authenticity, this little book provides a great tool for the layperson who does not have the desire to wade through a 500 page text on trusting the Bible. This short 9 Marks Book gives them the proper tool to read, digest and use as a reference with people they are talking with.
The book is easy to give to an individual you are sharing with or with a Book Club at church whom you would like to dialogue about the subject of the Bible and why we can trust that what we have in our hands is a worthy and reliable translation of the original texts.
I have enjoyed every 9 Marks book but this one really struck home. In a time and age where people mock the Bible, laugh at those who believe it and live by it or just flat out dismiss it as non authoritative or reliable text we get a great apologetic book by Greg Gilbert. He is very knowledgeable and could write a much more in depth theological treatment of the subject but he knows that what the church truly needs today is a book that everyone can read and understand.
I’m sure that his hope is that this book will ignite in the layperson a desire to know even more about the authenticity of the Bible, but better yet that it will ignite in the layperson a desire to share these truths with those who think the Bible is out dated and not reliable.
Thank you Greg for giving us a tool to add to our pouch for when we go out to do battle with a world that mocks us and dismisses our claims about the Bible.
One thing is quite certain and that is God and His Word are constantly under attack. In our day, men like Bart Erhman and Richard Dawkins demean Scripture as full of error and treat God as nothing more than a crazy man bent on making life difficult for humanity. To respond to such attacks, it is necessary for the believer in God and His Word to equip themselves with the facts and to be able to respond with more than just “Well I believe it’s true”. There are a number of apologetical tools we can wield when the validity of God’s Word is questioned. In his latest book Why Trust the Bible?, Greg Gilbert expertly looks at the facts of why God’s Word can be trusted, exploring along the way the aforementioned tools that can be used in response to those who purposefully seek to question Scripture or to speak to those who are honestly seeking what this thing called the Bible is all about.
Often books that discuss this type of subject matter tend to stray into the more academic arena, exploring the specific number of ancient manuscripts available, digging into every single nuance or supposed error in the text or walking in great detail through the method by which the Bible as we know it can to be.Read more ›
*Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great resource that's concise and helpful. I will go back to it again and again to familiarize myself with the carefully constructed arguments in this book.Published 2 months ago by J. Xu
Very clear and thorough with a personable writing style that makes for a thought-provoking but easy read. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Matt
A good layman's book on the authenticity of scripture, particularly the New Testament. Gilbert lays out a solid evidential case for the trustworthiness of the transmission of the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thomas Chapman
Perfect introduction to the basic objections & questions related to the Bible: translation, transmission, canon of books, trustworthiness of authors, and historical accuracy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andy Cimbala
Why Trust the Bible is a easy read about hard to understand topics in apologetics. The author makes it understandable and I'm thinking about using it to teach a Sunday School.Published 8 months ago by Brendan Burns
Really great, quick read on the bible's reliability. Very accessible and engaging. Thankful for Gilbert's work that will serve skeptics and new believers well.Published 9 months ago by KPLmin