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Hard Sayings Of The Bible [Hardcover]

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Hard Sayings of the Bible is a handy reference with explanations of over 500 of the most troubling verses to test the minds and hearts of Bible readers. Four seasoned scholars, all with a notable gift for communicating with people in the pew, take readers behind the scenes to find succinct solutions to a wide variety of Bible difficulties, ranging from discrepancies about numbers to questions about God's justice.

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Replaces Hard Sayings of the Old Testament, which received a 1990 Christianity Today Critics' Choice Award Are you grappling with a difficult verse in the Bible? And are you looking for a short, easy-to-read answer that really makes sense without explaining away the verse? Hard Sayings of the Bible is the handy reference book you need. Here you will find explanations of over 500 of the most troubling verses to test the minds and hearts of Bible readers. Four seasoned scholars, all with a notable gift for communicating with people in the pew, take you behind the scenes to find succinct solutions to a wide variety of Bible difficulties, ranging from discrepancies about numbers to questions about God's justice. Historical, cultural and linguistic backgrounds shed light on these passages and not only help explain what they meant in biblical times but also show how they are relevant today. Now carefully cross-referenced with over 100 new verses explained, as well as a dozen new introductory articles on chronology, miracles, archaeology, prophecy and more, Hard Sayings of the Bible offers the combined resources of five previous volumes that have over 250,000 copies in print. If you find yourself tied up in scriptural knots, here's the book that will help you cut through them.

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Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   808
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.6" Height: 2.28"
Weight:   2.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  083081423X  
ISBN13  9780830814237  

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More About Walter C. Kaiser, JR. & Frederick Fyvie Bruce

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. Walter C. Kaiser Jr. (PhD, Brandeis University) is president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He previously taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and at Wheaton College. Kaiser is active as a preacher, speaker, researcher, and writer and is the author of more than forty books, including "Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament" and "The Majesty of God in the Old Testament".

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. (born 1933) is an American evangelical Old Testament scholar, writer, public speaker, and educator. Kaiser is the Colman M. Mockler distinguished Professor of Old Testament and former President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, retired June 30, 2006. He was succeeded by James Emery White.

Kaiser was born in 1933. He earned his A.B. from Wheaton College, his B.D. from Wheaton Graduate School, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Mediterranean studies from Brandeis University. Until 2006, he served as president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS). Previous to his appointment at GCTS he was academic dean and Professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he taught for more than twenty years. In 1977 he served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society. A recipient of the Danforth Teacher Study Grant, Kaiser is a member of the Wheaton College Scholastic Honor Society.

Prior to coming to Gordon-Conwell, Kaiser taught Bible and archeology at Wheaton College and taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in several capacities. In addition to teaching in the Old Testament department, he was senior vice president of education, academic dean, and senior vice president of distance learning and ministries. Kaiser currently serves on the boards of several Christian organizations.

Kaiser has contributed to such publications as Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Christianity Today, Westminster Theological Journal, and Evangelical Quarterly. He has also written numerous books, including Toward an Old Testament Theology; Ecclesiastes: Total Life; Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching; Hard Sayings of the Old Testament; Communicator's Commentary: Micah to Malachi; Leviticus in The New Interpreter's Bible; Exodus in the Expositor's Bible Commentary; The Messiah in the Old Testament; A History of Israel; and co-authored An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning.

Kaiser and his wife, Marge, currently reside in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

Walter C. Kaiser was born in 1933.

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Good  Jan 4, 2006
I think this book was really good. However, I think the apolegetics could've been done a little better. They mostly deal with some of the hard verses in the bible. Not a bad job.
Great stuff!  May 28, 2005
This book offers a great scholarly look at some of the sayings that seem difficult to us who live in the 21st century -- far removed from the cultural setting and lingo in which the Bible was written. The work is pretty thick consisting of several hundred pages. I like this though, because (usually) more thickness means more substance, and fortunately I do indeed find it to be the case here. The book is also good because it addresses considerations from opposing camps that the authors do not necessarily agree with. Thus there is a sense of objectivity.

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? Quite so, anyone who produces an extravagant criticism of the Bible offers the opportunity to have the favor fully returned to them likewise. And that is what this book so wonderfully does: If you want a scholarly handle of the supposed difficulties, and sometimes so-called 'contradictions', in the Bible then this work will provide you with the plentiful data to deal with them.
Excellent Guide for Hard to Address Issues in the Bible!  Jul 5, 2004
In my humble opinion, the authors have produced an excellent guide for anyone who has honest intellectual questions about seeming contracdictions or hard-to-address issues in the Bible.

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!

evangelical contortions  Jun 10, 2004
This book reminded me of why i am no longer a christian. The depressing and often ridiculous rationalizations offered in this volume for everything from the flood of noah to the slaughter of the caananites demonstrates the precarious dilemma evangelical christianity is in today. Evangelical scholars are put in the impossible position of defending the bible against justified scepticism concerning its inerrancy and in the process are made to appear utterly foolish, capable of believing not just a few improbabilities, but a string of them long enough to fill a thick volume. An example (to offer just one) is the defense of the killing of a group of children for teasing Elijah's baldness in the book of Kings. The authors go through a tortured explanation about the word children potentially referring to teenagers and attempts from there to justify God killing people. The cumulative effect of such rationalizations, one after another after another, is not the bolstering of faith in the bible, but its undermining. I'm glad I'm no longer a christian putting myself through such exhausting and torturous "logic" to maintain a wavering belief. My theory about those who write such books and those who read them is that they are defending not the bible but themselves against the anxiety of uncertainty (an uncertainty they can never quite keep down). This is what sartre called "bad faith"--pretending to know things you really can't. That, to me, is christian apologetics in a nutshell.

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