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  • Series: 9Marks
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (October 31, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143354346X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433543463
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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By William D. Curnutt VINE VOICE on October 15, 2015
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Once again the 9 Marks Book series delivers to us a simple, well explained and easily readable book on a subject that many church members need to read, understand and then be able to use the information in discussion with their family, friends and colleagues.

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.

Enjoy!
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Why should anyone place their full faith and trust in the Bible? After all, there are numerous other self-proclaimed spiritual works available that are viable options for connecting with God, right? How do we know that the Bible is correct and all other choices are not? As a believer, I regularly refer to what is written in the pages of Scripture as the source of authority in my life. But for those who might question that approach, what makes the 66 books of Scripture stand out above the crowded field of religious documents and writings? What makes this ancient document so special?

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.
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In "Why Trust the Bible," author Greg Gilbert treats the New Testament as a collection of historical documents with the aim of proving the strong probability of their authenticity. I have read several books with similar topics, and Gilbert includes a list of such books for further research. That is because his own book does not really offer anything new. It does, however, package it in a fairly pleasant read. Gilbert's writing style and use of personable stories give a somewhat fresh perspective. I did find a few original points. For example, Gilbert points out that 45-75 years between the original events and the books is not that long of a gap considering people at that time kept one book for hundreds of years. He also considers the various early writings that indicate four gospels were accepted at a very early date. To recap the overall layout of the book, however, Gilbert covers questions like whether the Bible is just a copy of multiple copies, whether miracles are possible, and what the authors' intents were. He also includes a chapter on the implications his conclusions have for the resurrection.

*Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
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A fantastic book that counters most of the major arguments against biblical reliability. Presented in a way that is intelligent and highly readable, this is a book that every serious Christian should read. What is truly remarkable is that Mr. Gilbert has been able to synthesize volumes and centuries of scholarly works down to their brass tacks and demonstrates how every major argument against biblical reliability stands on a foundation of sinking sand. He also provides excellent resources in his appendix and in his footnotes for those who wish to do further more in depth study.
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