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Michael Heiser: Taking Scripture on Its Own Terms

A groundbreaking author, speaker, and scholar who pushed Christians to dig deep into Scripture and see things afresh.

About Michael Heiser

A Passion for Asking Challenging Questions

With an MA in Ancient History and Hebrew Studies, along with a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages, Mike had serious academic chops. But beyond that, he knew how to present complex topics in a way that was accessible and engaging to scholars and laypeople alike. And with his inquisitive mind, he was always seeking out new subjects to shine a fresh light on.

Books on the spiritual forces

What Does the Bible Really Tell Us about the Powers of Good and Evil?

What people believed about good and evil spiritual forces in ancient biblical times is very different from what people have been led to believe about them today. And this ancient worldview is missing from most attempts to treat the topic. Michael Heiser addressed common questions and misconceptions about the supernatural realm, showing what the Bible says about God’s holy ones and the powers of darkness—and why it matters today.


Books on the spiritual world

A Biblical Look at the Unseen and Supernatural

All too often, a modern Western worldview blinds even Christians to the reality of the spiritual. With five stars on Amazon and over 900 reviews, The Unseen Realm describes what the Bible really says about the spiritual world, giving insights into how the original, ancient readers and writers of Scripture viewed this reality, and where we’re missing the picture.

Books on the Bible

Insights That Inspire, Inform, and Surprise

Many people think they know exactly what’s in the Bible—but when they actually look closer, they realize how wrong they were. Mike's engaging and readable books—like The Bible Unfiltered and I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible—Mike explored the most unusual, interesting, and least understood parts of the Bible with the goal of helping you take Scripture on its own terms.

Mike’s science fiction novels

Sci-Fi Thrillers with a Christian Worldview

Mike is also an accomplished science fiction writer. His novels The Facade and The Portent, bring together history, theology, ancient languages, and sci-fi, weaving gripping and thought-provoking page-turners.

More from Mike

The Gospel in a Worldwide TV Hit? Stranger Things Have Happened

Millions of people have loved the hit show Stranger Things. So did critically acclaimed author Michael Heiser. His book The World Turned Upside Down draws parallels to the show and shares a unique vision of the biblical and supernatural worlds.

The Unseen Realm

Rebellion in God's council. Spirits of dead giants. Rival gods creating chaos.

These are the things of myth and fairy tales, right? The Bible tells a different story. In the documentary The Unseen Realm, a light is cast on the strange and enigmatic plane of the supernatural that lies within the pages of Scripture. What we discover are two distinct worlds—with vastly different inhabitants—created and ruled by one loving triune God.

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Mike’s Mobile Ed courses

Learn Straight from Mike with Self-Paced Courses

Learn from Mike with video classes on a variety of topics. Do it all at your own pace, watching and listening through the Logos app. From Old and New Testament studies to ancient history, systematic theology, and more, you’ll experience what made Mike such a remarkable teacher as you gain instant access to an exhilarating learning experience, wherever you are.

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Films from Mike

Truth Can Be Stranger Than Fiction

Beyond his work as a scholar and author, Mike is passionate about engaging with people coming from a worldview of occult, paranormal, and esoteric beliefs. The feature-length film Aliens and Demons, available now on Faithlife TV, shows Mike addressing otherworldly experiences through a theologically sound Christian lens, demonstrating how the Bible portrays the reality and importance of the supernatural realm.

The Unseen Realm

The Unseen Realm: Rebellion in God’s council. Spirits of dead giants. Rival gods creating chaos.​ These are the things of myth and fairy tales, right? The Bible tells a different story. What we discover are two distinct worlds—with vastly different inhabitants—created and ruled by one loving triune God.

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Angels: Forget the halos. Ditch the harps. Pop culture and church tradition have a lot to say about angels. And most of it is dead wrong. Dr. Michael S. Heiser’s follow-up to the myth-busting documentary The Unseen Realm dispels common legends and tall tales about God’s heavenly host.

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Demons: What does the Bible say about demons? Are demons real? What people believed about evil spiritual forces in biblical times was very different from today—an ancient worldview missing in modern analysis. Gain a biblical understanding of demons, supernatural rebellion, evil spirits, and spiritual warfare.

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Aliens and Demons

Dr. Michael S. Heiser’s Aliens & Demons: explores the unexpected intersection between UFOs, alien abductions, the world of angels and demons, and the ancient texts that speak of them.

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The Unseen Realm Lecture Series

Dr. Heiser’s The Unseen Realm Lecture Series: The Unseen Realm sheds light on the supernatural world. This light allows today’s pastors and scholars to understand the biblical authors’ supernatural worldview.

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Questions Aloud

Questions Aloud: Truth doesn’t need permission. Questions are important—and allowed. This video series raises uncomfortable questions and features discussions between Dr. Michael S. Heiser and cohost Johnny Cisneros.

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Heiser Favorites

Why Would Jesus Compare Himself to a Snake?

Why Would Jesus Compare Himself to a Snake?

Many people can recite John 3:16, but how many know what John 3:14–15 says? Jesus’ words in these two verses have generated confusion and controversy: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”

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The Tower of Babel Story: What Really Happened?

The Tower of Babel Story: What Really Happened?

Most children who’ve attended Sunday school classes can tell you what happened at the Tower of Babel. King Nimrod wanted to be famous, so he convinced the people of Babylon to build a great tower that would reach heaven.

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Where Do Demons Come From?

Where Do Demons Come From?

Everyone familiar with the Bible knows it talks about angels and demons. But most would be surprised to learn that there’s no verse in the Bible that explains where demons came from. Christians typically assume that demons are fallen angels, cast from heaven with Satan (the Devil) right before the temptation of Adam and Eve. But guess what? There’s no such story in the Bible. The only description of anything like that is in Revelation 12:9—but the occasion for that whole episode was the birth of the Messiah (Rev 12:4–6), an event long after Adam and Eve. The idea of a primeval fall of angels actually comes from church tradition and the great English poet John Milton in his epic Paradise Lost.

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