Item description for New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties (Zondervans Understand The Bible ) by Gleason L. Archer Jr...
Overview Dr. Gleason Archer offers carefully thought-out arguments for the unity and integrity of the Bible that should convince the skeptic and reassure the person who may be confused by the seeming discrepancies in Scripture. Includes a full index.
Publishers Description Did God approve of Rahab s lie? Why are many of the Old Testament quotes in the New Testament not literal? Does the Bible class abortion with murder? Where did Adam and Eve s sons get their wives? Does 1 Corinthians 7:10 16 authorize divorce for desertion? What do you make of the difficult areas in the Bible---those puzzling passages that make you stop and scratch your head? The seeming contradictions and inconsistencies of Scripture actually have sound explanations. But unless you re a Bible scholar, you probably don t know about them. That s why you need the New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties. It gives you informed answers to your most troublesome questions. Some of the solutions seem obvious---after you ve read them. But most include an eye-opening look at linguistic, cultural, numerical, relational, and other considerations of which most Bible readers are unaware. Referencing both the New International Version and the New American Standard Bible, this helpful resource makes scholarly insights accessible to everyone. Whether you re a student, pastor, everyday Bible-lover, or even a skeptic, the New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties will show you why the Bible is believable and dependable, with a message you can live by. Zondervan s Understand the Bible Reference Series This six-volume series supplies users of today s most popular modern Bible translation, the New International Version, with scholarly, economical, and uncompromisingly evangelical study tools. It includes the New International Bible Commentary, New International Bible Dictionary, New International Bible Concordance, and New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words, New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, and the New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters."
Community Description Clear, scholarly answers to apparent discrepancies in the Bible, confirming that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God
Over the centuries and still at the present time, Christians--from scholars and students to people in the pew--have been troubled by vexing questions and apparent contradictions in the Bible. In this encyclopedia of Bible difficulties, Dr. Gleason Archer offers carefully thought-out arguments for the unity and integrity of the Bible that should convince the skeptic and reassure the person who may be confused by the seeming discrepancies in Scripture.
Dr. Archer's answers are sometimes simple insights that seem afterward to have been obvious all along. But more often his answers are based on a careful study of the meaning of words, the cultural context of Bible eras, knowledge of the Hebrew numbering system, and many other details not readily known to the average Bible reader. Some answers are given as plausible, not final, solutions, for still "we know in part."
Entries are arranged according to the books of the Bible and indexed by person, subject, and Scripture verse.
Some of the questions answered in this encyclopedia are:
* Did God approve of Rahab's lie (Joshua 2: 4-5)?
* Why is it that many of the Old Testament quotations in the New Testament are not literal?
* Does the Bible really teach that God is a Trinity?
* Does 1 Corinthians 7: 10-16 authorize divorce for desertion?
* Does 1 Timothy 2: 12 forbid the ordination of women?
* Does the Bible class abortion with murder?
Author Biography: Gleason L. Archer Jr., Ph.D., is professor emeritus of Old Testament and Semitic Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Dr. Gleason Archer offers carefully thought-out arguments for the unity and integrity of the Bible that should convince the skeptic and reassure the person who may be confused by the seeming discrepancies in Scripture. Includes a full index.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.62" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.43" Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Release Date Aug 5, 2001
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Zondervans Understand The Bible
ISBN 0310241464 ISBN13 9780310241461 UPC 025986241469
Reviews - What do customers think about New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties?
Atheists are Funny! Jan 14, 2006
Notice that the Atheist below claimed that Archer is illogical when in fact all the "reviewer" did was throw out illogical ad hominems left and right. Where was the logical argument? It wasn't there. Just a bunch of strawmen and moral judgments on the Bible and Christianity. One must wonder where one gets absolute moral judgments about the Bible being "wrong" when one doesn't believe in an absolute source of those moral judgments? I guess atheists are better at living with their errant contradictions than they are allowing scholars like Archer (Harvard educated in his BA, MA and PhD) to explain misunderstandings made by our cultural and linguistic distance from the text. O well, I guess it's just in one ear and out the other of those who want to keep their precious, licentious religion in tact. For anyone who wants to begin to look at what are considered "discrepencies" in the Bible, this is one of the many sources that will aid you to do more than mock what you don't understand from afar.
Once you've actually read the Bible... Mar 18, 2004
This volume is a good addition to the Biblical expositor's reference library. But the first step is to become familiar with the Bible by actually having spent time reading and studying it. Many questions become answered once you understand the entire Bible in context. Then reference books such as this become useful in understanding cultural references, difficulties in the English translations of the original autographs, etc.
Generally excellent refutation of biblioskeptics May 3, 2002
The author has an encyclopedic knowledge of Biblical languages and culture, and his book is most informative about a wide range of topics. Archer is also a trained lawyer, so can cut through the illogicality and special pleading of the arguments for "contradictions". By comparison, among those who argue for contradictions are such blatantly unqualified misotheists such as Barker, Ingersoll, McKinsey and Paine who haven't a clue about the original languages or culture, and are blatantly chronologically chauvinistic.
One important consideration in the Gospels is what the New Testament scholar N.T. (Tom) Wright pointed out, that most of the things Jesus said, he most likely said many times, and with many minor variations.
I didn't give this book five stars, because Archer is unnecessarily intimidated by old-Earth propaganda, but does believe in a global Flood that actually wipes out alleged geological evidence for age. But since this occupies only a small fraction of the book which is otherwise excellent, only a one-star deduction is warranted.