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Is the Bible True?: How Modern Debates and Discoveries Affirm the Essence of the Scriptures


Is the Bible True?: How Modern Debates and Discoveries Affirm the Essence of the Scriptures

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    Jeffrey L. Sheler(Author)
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What this book is not: a partisan (Jewish or Christian) account declaring the absolute historical accuracy of the Bible. What it is: a fair-minded exploration of the question of the Bible's historical truth. Author Jeffrey Sheler is a journalist (religion correspondent for US News and World Report) who relies extensively on interviews, onsite reports from Israel and Egypt, and a lot of library research. Instead of claiming to offer any startling breakthroughs, the book gives the reader an even-handed treatment of this immensely controversial text. In a style that is clear and conversational, Sheler walks the reader through key moments in the Hebrew Bible and in the New Testament, exploring the grounds for the historical truth behind such figures as Abraham, Moses and David, and behind such scriptural accounts as the Flood and the Exodus. Sheler retells the astonishing story of the discovery of the Qumran (Dead Sea) scrolls, and explores their significance for our understanding of first-century Judaism and early Christianity. He also discusses at length the work of the controversial Jesus Seminar scholars. His own conclusions, while not fundamentalist, are also not deconstructive: "After all of the scholarly scrutiny", he writes, "the Bible emerges affirmed but not unscathed, a credible but complex chronicle of humanity's encounter with God". --Doug Thorpe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Jeffrey L. Sheler(Author)
  • Zondervan; New e. edition (1 Oct. 2000)
  • English
  • 7
  • Mind, Body & Spirit
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  • By Guest on 17 February 2003

    I found this book gave a well balanced viewpoint without obvious bias. The historical and archaeological content was interesting and there was plenty of it. I particularly liked the fact that the author's personal views didn't come across strongly as books like this are often spoilt by the author having a firmly held and usually extreme view - either every word is divine or every word is rubbish. This book was a refreshing change. I expected it to beinformative but hard going, and I couldn't have been more wrong. It was very interesting, with an eay to read style, and I found the parts about the early Christian church and other sects of the time very interesting, which I hadn't expected at all. Definitely recommended.

  • By M. Boardman on 3 July 2013

    I am still reading this book but very easy to read .I cant comment at the moment about the content.

  • By Maria on 15 May 2015

    I liked this book, I found it was quite neutral and it had all the information I was looking for, though not quite the answers I may have hoped. It wasn't too difficult to read like some books of this type and it managed to keep my interest up until the end. I had hoped there would have been a bit more about life of Jesus but there was still enough to get five stars.

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