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Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses: Clear Explanations for the Difficult Passages [Paperback]

By Ron Rhodes (Author)
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Bible scholar Rhodes identifies the most troublesome verses, reveals important principles to help interpret them, addresses the stumbling blocks from Genesis to Revelation, and clarifies the different literary genres of the Bible.

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The instruction and wonder of the Bible can be clouded when readers are uncertain about the meaning of some verses. Bible scholar and popular author Ron Rhodes (more than 1 million copies in combined sales) draws on his many years of studying and teaching Scripture to empower readers with knowledge, background, and truth. With clear and helpful explanations, Rhodes: identifies the most troublesome versesreveals important principles to help interpret themaddresses the stumbling blocks from Genesis to Revelationhelps readers become familiar with God's messageclarifies the different literary genres of the Bible

Whether read to satisfy curiosity, pursue deeper Bible study, or prepare for discussions with non-believers, this practical resource will open up the promises and meaning of God's Word and gives readers confidence in "all" of Scripture.

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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Pages   299
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.43" Width: 5.66" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   0.71 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2008
Publisher   Harvest House Publishers
ISBN  0736921753  
ISBN13  9780736921756  

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More About Ron Rhodes

Ron Rhodes If you are looking for a source to expand your prophetic horizons, Ron Rhodes is at the top of the list. His primary website, Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries is packed with valuable information, a teaching and resource ministry that specializes in defending Christianity against atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the cults, world religions, and any group teaching false doctrine. His ministry is dedicated to producing concise materials that enable Christians to defend their faith.

Ron has amazingly authored over 60 books. Each publication is impressive. His work is some of the best for armoring Christians against the anti-biblical assaults gaining momentum each day. Three of his books are Silver Medallion winners. His formal education: Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors. Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean's List. B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award.

From 1988-1995 Ron was Associate Editor of the Christian Research Journal, editor of the Christian Research Newsletter and co-host the Christian Research Institute's popular national radio show, The Bible Answer Man.

Most of Ron’s time today is spent involved in his non-profit ministry, writing and making guest appearances as keynote speaker at conferences across the U.S. and Canada. He regularly addresses current issues in the media and teaches cult apologetics through his books and website and when time permits he lectures at Veritas Evangelical Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, Talbot Seminary and Biola University and other well-known seminaries. Ron Rhodes is also a frequent guest and contributor to various national media outlets, from magazines, television and radio shows. This man deserves to be placed in the “expert” category.

Dr. Rhode’s oversees his ministry staff in the researching and publication of fact sheets, booklets, and outlines dealing with a vast numbers of growing cutting-edge topics. He offers many of these items free of charge. His website is continuoulsy updated with new articles and resources staying current with the fast-moving issues effecting Chritianity and the world in general. Dr. Rhode’s excellent resources are outstanding for understanding how to witness to cults and all non-Christians alike, and those who believe they are Christians but are caught-up in liberal theology and questionable doctrines.

Ron Rhodes currently resides in Frisco, in the state of Texas.

Ron Rhodes has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 10 Most Important Things
  2. Quick Reference Guides (Harvest House)

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Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses  Dec 14, 2009
If you're a biblical literalist or fundamentalist, this is the book for you!
If not, don't waste your time and money. The author rejects all modern biblical scholarship for a "its true cause the Bible says it true" approach. The circular logic in this book is maddening. I bought this book along with "The Hard Sayings of Jesus" and "The Hard Sayings of the Bible" to begin to prepare for a senior high age Christian youth camp. My intent is to challenge youth to use their Bible to prove or disprove their points of view and to assist them in putting the Bible into context with its culture and times. There us absolutely nothing of value in the book but I highly recommend the two "Hard Sayings" books. Whoever the "Commonly Misunderstood" author, Ron Rhodes, is he has taught me not to buy any more of his books.

Its rare for me to be negative about a book. I can usually find some good aspect to it. But this one is of no value for any thoughtful person.
Helpful book, especially for conservative churchgoers  Oct 5, 2009
The Bible covers a lot of ground in 66 books. Written over a period of 1600 years, in a variety of genres by multiple human authors, its readers have often puzzled over its meaning in any number of places within its pages. Ron Rhodes is here to help, with his book Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses: Clear Explanations for the Difficult Passages.

Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses is a mini-commentary covering the entire Bible. It tries to focus on just the sorts of questions the average church-goer would have. The questions are even pulled from Rhodes' own ministry experience as a traveling speaker. Rhodes does an excellent job of providing succinct and simple answer to most of them.

This book can't cover every issue or every question, but the following list provides a sampling of the sorts of points that are covered in this nice little volume.

- Are the 6 days of Creation 24 hour days?
- What was the mark of Cain?
- Who is the "angel of the Lord"?
- How can capital punishment be justified in light of God's command to not murder?
- Should Christians worship on Saturday (the Sabbath) or Sunday?
- What does it mean when the Bible says God "repents"?
- Is Proverbs 22:6 a promise or a principle regarding raising our children?
- What is the new covenant?
- What is the abomination that causes desolation?
- Is it wrong to take oaths?
- Did Jesus really die on Friday?
- Is baptism necessary for salvation?
- Are Christians required to evangelize going house-to-house (or door-to-door)?
- Does God have blood?
- Should I be seeking the gift of tongues?
- What is "baptism for the dead"?
- Are Christians permitted to drink wine?
- Does the Bible condone slavery?
- In Tit. 2:13, is Jesus called "God"?
- Can a Christian skip church?
- Is James really teaching a person is justified by works?
- How are the elect chosen by God?
- Why are Dan and Ephraim excluded from the list of tribes in Rev. 7?
- If Jesus is the beginning of God's creation, is He then a created being?
- What is Armageddon?

Not everyone puzzles over each question, nor are they equally important. But this is just a smattering of the kinds of issues addressed in Rhodes' book. The book is arranged by Scripture reference, so it can be a handy companion to your personal Bible study. If you are in a passage and have a question or can't understand a verse, try out this book. If your verse isn't listed in the book, check the topical index, in case the question is still answered by the book.

Rhodes' approach seems to be from a conservative, dispensational, creationist position. He will address alternate views often, and tries to be fair to other interpretive viewpoints, but the book is clearly biased by his own theological perspective. Then again, which book written by a human author isn't? Sometimes his answers are given as his personal perspective, as in his treatment of the tongues' question. He lists his reasons for believing tongues have ceased. Other times, as with the question of the "baptism for the dead", he is content to give a few positions and not really come down on any one view. With other questions, he presents another view and then details problems with that view. Occasionally, he just gives his own perspective and doesn't discuss an alternate view. On a few points, he is very careful in laying out a systematic case for his view, as in his discussion of the differing positions on election (he prefers the Calvinistic position).

Some of Rhodes' questions would only come from a conservative evangelical or even a fundamentalist perspective. That makes the book perhaps more useful to these readers. He explains how Prov. 22:6 isn't a guarantee that one's children will automatically turn out right if we just do the right thing as parents. He shows how "house to house" was a description of teaching being done from home-group to home-group, not a prescribed method for evangelizing. He discusses that the Bible permits moderate drinking, but holds that wine in Bible times was weaker than it is today.

Sometimes I found myself upset with the simplicity of the answers. Other times I was impressed. For someone who is aware of all the above points of controversy, the book may not be as useful. But for many Christians, it will be a great tool for help in understanding Scripture more. So I'm happy to recommend the book.

My thanks go out to David Bartlett of Harvest House Publishers, for supplying me with this review copy.
Thorough but Simple  Sep 21, 2009
Many books that deal with scriptural conundrums and alleged biblical discrepancies are highly technical and demand a seminary degree to unravel--not so with Rhodes' work. As a pastor, I was looking for a book that I could give to lay-people within my church who are hungry for deeper study in the Word of God. Some samplings are: Does God have blood (Acts 20:28)? Why did Jesus curse the fig tree (Matt 21:19)? Is Jesus the Father (Isa 9:6)? The book is laid out in order of the biblical books, but also has a helpful topical index in the back.
Book review  Jun 27, 2009
Good basic reading for the beginning bible apologist. Not too deep and not to shallow. Just right for discussion and building on your biblical foundation.
Want to understand those difficult Bible passages? Ron Rhodes can help.  Dec 27, 2008
When we study our Bibles, we often come across passages that are peculiar when taken at literal face value. Perhaps there is a historic cultural context that will shed light on that particular passage. Maybe there is a broader meaning to the Hebrew or Greek words than how they are rendered in our English translations. When we are faced with these types of questions and concerns, it is wise for us to consult our study Bible notes, commentaries, and Bible handbooks. Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses by Ron Rhodes falls somewhere in between a selective commentary and Bible handbook. This new resource that may be just what you've been looking for to help you better understand those difficult passages in the Bible.

In Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses, Ron brings together his many years of experience sharing and interacting with his audiences. During his travels and speaking engagements, it was not uncommon for someone in attendance to ask for further explanation of a Bible verse that they found difficult or troubling. It's the many questions Ron answered over the years that became the basis for this book.

The book begins with a section titled Understanding Hard Sayings. While I know some of you may be inclined to skip introductory material, I'd encourage you to read this section first. Here Ron lays the groundwork for the rest of the book by explaining eleven principles for interpreting scripture that have served him well over the years. The eleven principles are as follows:

1. When the plain sense makes good sense, seek no other sense.
2. Submit all "preunderstandings" to Scripture.
3. Pay close attention to the context.
4. Make a correct genre judgment.
5. Consult history and culture.
6. Interpret the difficult verses in light of the clear verses.
7. Interpret the Old Testament in light of the New Testament.
8. Distinguish between the descriptive and the prescriptive.
9. Realize that some Biblical truths are explicit; others are implicit.
10. Distinguish between promises and principles.
11. Affirm the benefit of proper interpretation.

Following the introductory chapter, the book is broken up into brief chapters, beginning with Genesis and in the canonical order of our English protestant Bibles running all the way through Revelation. Each chapter has a select number of questions related to a difficult scripture passage or passages in that particular book of the Bible and it's explanation. Here are a few examples of the types of questions Ron answers throughout the book:

* Deuteronomy 29:29 - What are the secret things that belong to the Lord?
* Daniel 4:13 - What kind of angel is a "watcher" (KJV)?
* Malachi 2:11 - What is meant by "the daughter of a foreign god"?
* Luke 6:24 - Did Jesus teach that a rich person cannot be saved?
* Romans 8:14 - What does it mean to say believers become sons of God?
* Revelation 13:18 - Why are the numbers 666 used in reference to the antichrist?

Following the chapter on Revelation, there is a select bibliography and a very useful topical index.

I've enjoyed working my way through Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses. There are a number of ways one could choose to work through this sort of a book. I chose to read the book straight through. Others may want to keep it at hand as they are doing Bible study and consult the appropriate chapter to see the explanations given for difficult passages. You could also use this book as a reference work for difficult topics in scripture. The topical index allows the reader to selectively browse the material by subject matter rather than book, chapter, and verse. Regardless of how you choose to work through this book, it would make a great addition to your personal library.

Ron Rhodes is the president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries. He holds a Th.M. and Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary. Some of Ron's other publications include Christianity According to the Bible and What Does the Bible Say About...?

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