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General Introduction to the Bible [Hardcover]

By Norman L. Geisler (Author) & William E. Nix (Author)
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An updated version of the popular original. It satisfies the exacting demands placed on any good Bible introduction. Excellent scholarship. Clearly written.

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An updated version of the popular original, it satisfies the exacting demands placed on any good Bible introduction: Excellent scholarship and clear writing.

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Studio: Moody Publishers
Pages   728
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.67"
Weight:   2.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 8, 1986
Publisher   MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0802429165  
ISBN13  9780802429162  

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More About Norman L. Geisler & William E. Nix

Norman L. Geisler Dr. Norman Geisler, PhD, is a prolific author, veteran professor, speaker, lecturer, traveler, philosopher, apologist, evangelist, and theologian. To those who ask, "Who is Norm Geisler?" some have suggested, "Well, imagine a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham and you're not too far off."

Norm has authored/coauthored over 80 books and hundreds of articles. He has taught theology, philosophy, and apologetics on the college or graduate level for over 50 years. He has served as a professor at some of the finest Seminaries in the United States, including Trinity Evangelical Seminary, Dallas Seminary, and Southern Evangelical Seminary. He now lends his talents to Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California, as the Distinguished Professor of Apologetics.

Norman has been married for 57 years (as of 2013) to wife Barbara Jean, graduate of Fort Wayne Bible College (Taylor University) Dr. and Mrs. Geisler have six children, fifteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren

SPANISH BIO: Norman Geisler (PhD, Loyola University) es presidente del Seminario Evangelico del Sur y autor de mas de cincuenta libros, entre los que se destacan Decide For Yourself, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics y When Skeptics Ask. Fue tambien coeditor de Is Your Church Ready? Un libro asociado a Quien creo a Dios?

Norman L. Geisler currently resides in Weddington, in the state of North Carolina.

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Good introduction to the mechanics of the bible we have today  Feb 25, 2006
I have had to study this book in depth as part of an MDiv program. It is extremely detailed and covers many things in depth. For example the list of English translations runs to over 30 pages. The authors view the current Holy Bible as the end of a chain involving the divine inspiration of scripture, the collection of inspired autographs (Canonization), the transmission (covering textual criticism) and finally translation.

The take a strong, conservative approach to scripture that should satisfy all bible believing Christians and they give more than enough detail to act apologetically towards any that have doubts as to the accuracy of the information in our hands.

One caveat: the authors are extremely pro modern (lower) textual criticism and the Nestle-Aland text. Those that prefer the Majority or Textus Receptus text and especially those that favor the KJV are likely to find much of the latter two sections to be at variance with thier beliefs. That doesn't mean the work doesn't have value - but some of the blatant denigration of the KJV and Textus Receptus can get a trifle old.

All in all a good book for those interested in how the Word of God came to us today.
Don't be Fooled by the title  Apr 1, 2005
This book claims to be a general introduction of the bible. It is general in the sense in cover everything in general about how the bible was put together. It has nothing to do with the bible doctrines but with the canon.
A Lot of Helpful insights  Oct 10, 2002
This book has a lot of helpful insight on the history of how we got our Bible. Of course the book is not in favour of the Textus Receptus/KJV, however the information found in this book concerning Canonization, and Inspiration is good.
Instructive reference text  Jul 23, 2001
A great one volume work on the inspiration, canonization, transmission and translation of the Bible. There are also good B&W photos, e.g. the Habakkuk Commentary, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, so one of the earliest extant manuscripts of the OT; and P52, the oldest NT fragment.

There are good refutations of a number of false views, e.g. that an inspired Bible can contain error. The authors demonstrate that Biblical errantists confuse several concepts:

Adaptation to human finitude vs accommodation to human error: the former does not entail the latter. A mother might tell her four-year-old `you grew inside my tummy' - this is not false, but language simplified to the child's level. Conversely, `the stork brought you' is an outright error. Similarly, God, the author of truth, used some simplified descriptions (e.g. using the earth as a reference frame, as modern scientists do today) and anthropomorphisms, but never error.

Limitation vs misunderstanding: while the Second Person of the Trinity was incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth, He voluntarily limited His omniscience (Phil. 2:5-11). I.e., in His humanity, He did not know all things. But this does *not* entail that He was mistaken about anything He said. All human understanding is finite, but this doesn't entail that every human understanding is errant. Also, what Jesus *did* preach, He proclaimed with absolute authority (Mt. 24:35, 28:18), because He was speaking with the full authority of God the Father (John 5:30, 8:28), who is always omniscient. So if errantists wish to maintain his charge that Christ was mistaken because of His humanity, they must logically charge God the Father with error as well.

Geisler and Nix also show that canonicity was *not* determined by men (e.g. the Church), but determined by God and *recognized* by men.

The sections on the accuracy of transmission and translation should help Christians have confidence that when they read a Bible accurately translated into their own language today, they *are* reading the very Word of God.

A Work of Great Detail and Care  Dec 6, 2000
Geisler and Nix have provided the Christian community with a standard introduction text to Biblical studies. This book is divided up into four major parts. Each part provides enormous detail covering issues that range from Inspiration (part 1), Canonization (part 2), Transmission (part 3) and Translation (part 4). In part one the authors discuss the definitions of revelation and inspiration, various claims of inspiration, the historical context of inspiration, to contemporary issues of inspiration. In part two canonicity is covered with its developing history, as well as an exposition of the texts that did not make it into the Bible (i.e. Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha). Part three provides the reader with a strong emphasis on transmission of the texts, the languages of the texts, OT manuscripts, NT manuscripts, development of textual criticism, etc. The final part consists of translation of the OT and NT texts, Latin versions, English versions, modern English versions, etc. Moreover, scattered throughout this text book are illustrations, charts, actual textual photos, and diagrams. The book has a pretty comprehensive glossary, an appendix of the chronological history of the various translations of the Bible, an index, and a massive bibliography. This book is a must have for the serious student of the Bible. Moreover, both Geisler and Nix are conservative scholars and this makes for a nice conservative piece of work. Don't miss placing this high quality volume in your library, you will only be at a loss without it.

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