Item description for Big Book of Bible Difficulties, The: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation by Norman L. Geisler & Thomas Howe...
Overview This comprehensive volume offers readers clear and concise answers to every major Bible difficulty from Genesis to Revelation, staunchly defending the authority and inspiration of Scripture. Written in a problem/solution format, the book covers over 800 questions that critics and doubters raise about the Bible. Three extensive indices-topical, Scripture, and unorthodox doctrines-offer quick and easy access to specific areas of interest. Multipurpose in scope and user-friendly in format, The Big Book of Bible Difficulties offers the resources of five books in one: *a critical commentary on the whole Bible *an apologetics text *a Bible difficulties reference *a theology manual treating important doctrines *a handbook on verses misused by cults
Publishers Description This comprehensive volume offers readers clear and concise answers to every major Bible difficulty from Genesis to Revelation, staunchly defending the authority and inspiration of Scripture. Written in a problem/solution format, the book covers over 800 questions that critics and doubters raise about the Bible. Three extensive indices--topical, Scripture, and unorthodox doctrines--offer quick and easy access to specific areas of interest. Multipurpose in scope and user-friendly in format, "The Big Book of Bible Difficulties" offers the resources of five books in one: - a critical commentary on the whole Bible - an apologetics text - a Bible difficulties reference - a theology manual treating important doctrines - a handbook on verses misused by cults
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Studio: Baker Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.8" Height: 1.6" Weight: 1.9 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2008
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801071585 ISBN13 9780801071584
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More About Norman L. Geisler & Thomas Howe
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Big Book of Bible Difficulties, The: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation?
Excellent Work! May 5, 2010
Dr. Geisler and Howe have put together a book that is extremely well done and thorough. It answers questions to many who have questioned the Bible on some of these issues and they even answered some of their own questions while writing this. This is a must have.
Logically False Foundation Nov 13, 2009
The introduction states:
1. God cannot err. 2. The Bible is the Word of God. 3. Therefore, the Bible cannot err.
Then the authors continue: "The Bible clearly declares itself to be the Word of God" and "it informs us that God cannot err." So the Bible -- more honestly, certain verses in the Bible (people who wrote these verses) make these claims, not the entire Bible -- is the source of both #1 and #2 above. Since this is the case, it is a logical fallacy to make statement #3. This is a tautology, circular reasoning. To be logical, we need a source outside the Bible that says "God cannot err" and "The Bible is the Word of God." Of course, that source outside the Bible is you or me or Norman Geisler -- that is, a human being who states those two premises -- not as "facts," but as beliefs.
To be more honest, one must say, "I BELIEVE that God cannot err." This is a statement of conviction, not of certainty. Assuming that God exists, and I do, it is only God who can be certain about whether He/She/It/They can err or not. All we humans can do is say, "I believe."
One must also say, "I BELIEVE that the Bible is the Word of God." Again, this is a statement of conviction, not of certainly. Only God is certain of what is and what is not HIs/Her/Its/Their Word. The authority for every belief comes from (exists in) the person who has chosen to hold that belief. Authority is NEVER outside of oneself. The Bible has no authority in and of itself. Neither does a Church, the Vatican, or any religious body. People may, of course, believe that something or someone outside of themselves has authority. For example, one might say, "That's an authoritative verse." No, it isn't. What one is saying is "I am the authority who has DECIDED, of my own free will, to BELIEVE that that particular verse has authority for me." The verse in and of itself has no authority. Nor do pronouncements by pastors or religious bodies.
Also, one must define what one means by the term "Bible," since no autographs are extant (if such ever existed). There are only copies and translations of copies. A statement such as "the autographs are without error" cannot be falsified or verified. It is a statement of conviction, not certitude. Besides, how would one even recognize a document as an autograph? The original authors are not around any longer to verify (claim) that they in fact wrote such and such a document. Nor are the people about whom these authors wrote. So statements about "autographs" being "inerrant" are simply claims of faith, of conviction. And if one does not already share the faith of people who make such claims, the claims seem irrelevant.
Now, with regard to the so-called errors or contradictions -- there are a number of possible explanations, including human error and even "spin" (or the desire to slant the subject matter in order to foster a particular theological viewpoint or religious tradition within Judaism or Christianity). The problem with this book under review is that many of these explanations, posited by respected scholars, are not mentioned as alternatives to those given by the authors. In addition, the authors seldom cite the scholarly sources for their own claims, with the result that we readers are unable to easily look at these scholarly sources (publications) ourselves. If you read, say, the explanations given in _The New Jerome Biblical Commentary_ and compare them -- along with the many, many scholarly citations that support the claims of the various authors of the different articles in the _Commentary_ -- to the explanations given in any of the "error" books written by Norman Geisler, you will soon see what I mean. I have the impression that the editors of commentaries of the high caliber of _The New Jerome Biblical Commentary_ respect my intelligence, honor it, even. I'm not a Catholic and no longer a Christian (although still a theist), so I disagree with a number of statements in TNJBC, but I respect the scholarship.
Geisler's books seem to be written for Christians who already share his religious beliefs, who are not willing to question their own faiith but, rather, who are eager to find statements that support their conservative religious beliefs. This is understandable. Just read a few of the books by former Christian fundamentalists or conservative evangelicals who have become secular humanists, agnostics, atheists, etc., and you will learn of the many years of emotional upheaval they had to experience while breaking off the very strong emotional ties they had formed with their religious community in order to learn to think for themselves and value themselves rather than the Bible as the source of their own authority. It is a very long process of emotional readjustment. I know from my own personal experience. But it can be done, and, like them, I feel much freer and am much, much happier now.
In conclusion, if, despite what I have said, you are a conservative Evangelical who wants support for your faith and easy answers and the emotional relief that comes from accepting these easy answers rather than the intellectual and emotional challenges of reflective thinking about Biblical statements such as those in TNJBC, I recommend this _Big Book of Bible Difficulties_.
Big Book of Bible Difficulties Oct 12, 2009
This is good for research on questions from bible studied. It helps one understand why something happen. It is a tool that enchantes your bible studies. This was a kindle book purchase.
Helpful Oct 7, 2009
I have had this product for a few weeks and find it very helpful covering difficult questions on the Bible. You are given answers and Scripture verses to back up the answers. This is a great tool to use but the best place to find answers is the Bible itself. I still would recommend this book to anyone needing help with tough questions.
This book will help you TREMENDOUSLY. May 22, 2009
I have learned a lot from this book. A lot of questions I had concerning the Bible have been answered by the writers of this book who understand theology. Bravo! Looking forward to another book...it could be entitled, " The Most Misinterpreted Verses of the Bible". Sure to be a "best seller"!