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ISBN/ASIN : 083081423X
Manufacturer : InterVarsity Press|
Release data : October, 1996
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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.
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.
ONE OF THE BEST BIBLE REFERENCES OUT THERE!
THIS BOOK WILL COME IN HANDY TO ANYONE WHO IS STUDYING THE BIBLE FOR THE FIRST OR THE FIFTIETH TIME! IT OFFERS AN ENDLESS SUPPLY OF INSIGHTS AND REFERENCES FOR THE BEGINNER ON UP. I REFER TO IT OFTEN AND SUGGEST IT FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN BIBLICAL STUDY.