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I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible

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If It’s Weird, It’s Important

The Bible is filled with passages that are so baffling we tend to ignore them. Yet the passages that seem weird might be the most important. This collection of essays from Bible Study Magazine will shock you, intrigue you, and completely change the way you view the Bible. Dr. Michael S. Heiser visits some of the Bible’s most obscure passages, unveiling their ancient context to help you interpret them today. Read this book, and you’ll never be bored by the Bible again.


  • Part One: Old Testament
    • The Ancient’s Guide to the Galaxy
    • Walk Like an Israelite
    • Even the Bible Needed Upgrading
    • Spellchecking the Bible
    • Why Circumcision?
    • The Abandoned Child and the Basket Case
    • A Tale of Courage We Never Teach
    • Counting the Ten Commandments
    • Is There Really a Sin Offering?
    • There’s a Devil in the Details
    • Love Potion: Numbers 5
    • Is My Bible Right?
    • The Most Horrific Bible Story
    • Righting a Wrong
    • When Giants Walked the Earth
    • The Divine Arrow
    • Promise Undelivered?
    • Sanctified Dirt
    • 1003 BC Census: Who Authorized It—God or Satan?
    • Cookin’ the Book
    • Slaying the Sea Monster
    • Does God Need a Co-Signer? The Witness in the Clouds
    • Who Wrote the Book of Proverbs?
    • Immanuel’s Mother: Virgin or Not?
    • Standing in the Council
    • Jeremiah: Double Vision?
    • Why the Ark of the Covenant Will Never Be Found
    • He, Him, Me, Myself, and I
    • Bizarre Visions for the Worst of Times
    • Do the Dead Sea Scrolls Answer the Canon Question?
  • Part Two: New Testament
    • Burying Hell
    • My Guardian Angel
    • The New Testament Misquotes the Old Testament?
    • “I Saw Satan Fall like Lightning”: When?
    • The Healing Serpent
    • Who Took Verse 4 out of My Bible?
    • What Walking on Water Really Means
    • Born Again . . . and Again and Again?
    • Dumbledore Meets Philip & Peter
    • Paul’s Lost Letters
    • Destiny & Destination
    • A Female Apostle
    • Signed, Sealed, and Delivered—to Satan?
    • Treason & Translation
    • Charlton Heston Had Company
    • When Abraham Met Jesus
    • How Many Times Is Jesus Coming Back?
    • What’s Jesus Waiting For?
    • God’s Right-Hand Woman? Wisdom in Hebrews 1
    • Baptism as Spiritual Warfare
    • Jesus Is God: Jude and Peter Tell Me So
    • When Angels Do Time
    • Tough Love
    • Jesus, God, a.k.a., The Name
    • 666: What Theories Add Up?
    • Perspective Changes Everything
    • Constantine, Conspiracy, and the Canon

Product Details

  • Title: I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible
  • Author: Michael S. Heiser
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 218
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 5x8
  • ISBN: 9781577995395
Michael S. Heiser

Dr. Michael S. Heiser is a former Scholar-in-Residence for Faithlife Corporation, the makers of Logos Bible Software. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Awakening School of Theology and Ministry at Celebration Church in Jacksonville, FloridaHis varied academic background enables him to operate in the realm of critical scholarship and the wider Christian community. His experience in teaching at the undergraduate level and writing for the layperson have both directly contributed to Logos’ goal of adapting scholarly tools for nonspecialists.

Dr. Heiser earned his PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic languages and holds an MA in ancient history and Hebrew studies. He is the coeditor of Old Testament Greek Pseudepigrapha with Morphology and Semitic Inscriptions: Analyzed Texts and English Translations, and can do translation work in roughly a dozen ancient languages, including Biblical Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Ugaritic cuneiform. He also specializes in Israelite religion (especially Israel’s divine council), contextualizing biblical theology with Israelite and ancient Near Eastern religion, Jewish binitarianism, biblical languages, ancient Semitic languages, textual criticism, comparative philology, and Second Temple period Jewish literature. In addition, he was named the 2007 Pacific Northwest Regional Scholar by the Society of Biblical Literature.

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  1. Steve Grady

    Steve Grady


  2. Sydney Jones

    Sydney Jones


    A very interesting read. Heiser pulls you into the darkness by revealing an oddity in scripture. Then, warmly shines the light in your eyes by revealing how these peculiarities actually enrich the revealed word of God by showing how God lovingly curated his message to an ever-changing audience.

  3. Matt Mouzakis

    Matt Mouzakis


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    Jamin Bradley


  5. Paul B. Ward

    Paul B. Ward


    A enjoyable read!!

  6. Bill Bienia

    Bill Bienia


  7. Dawood Latif

    Dawood Latif


    Can I please suggest two books. THE LOST ART OF BIBLICAL MEDITATION AND 100 VERSES EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW BY HEART - by Robert J Morgan who was Bible hour speaker at the Gideons conference in Kansas City July, 2017. I would like Logos put these books forward please.

  8. Theo



    Great lil' resource to touch upon what actually is not boring about the Bible once one understands these things properly!

  9. Trey Roberts

    Trey Roberts


    This is one of the most provacative books in reference to unfamiliar things of the bible. Taking this book and using Dr. Heiser's methods of explanation and education, will make most Christians, who often don't read their bibles to any great detail, question what is actually in their bibles. Which is great because, maybe, just maybe, Christians can be driven back to the text where the truth alone resides.

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    Kevin Bogus


  19. Floyd  Johnson

    Floyd Johnson


    The current volume seems like a book that seems to have no purpose, but that I found extremely interesting. Let me begin with a disclaimer - I am a regular user of LOGOS Bible software, but I do not subscribe to Bible Study magazine published by the same company. Having said that, it should be noted that the route that this book took toward publication included a stop in Bible Study magazine. The essays collected here began as a series of lectures (or parts of lectures) in the author’s classroom. From there, they were transformed into essays published in Bible Study magazine. The essays were then collected and reprinted in the book form found here. I appreciated the broad range of topics discussed from the Old Testament and the New Testament. In addition, the author often throws in a few interesting tidbits of information (“Quickbits”) to whet the reader’s appetite for more details. Other than the author’s lectures and essays, there is little that connects the various pieces of this book together. But that does not mean that the pieces are not of interest. Each essay forced this reader to think and evaluate his own understanding. I could get no further than the second essay and I was forced to rethink the meaning and purpose inerrancy - a major proponent of both my seminary training and my denominational choice. I found the anecdotes and background material fascinating as I read. The essays have been rearranged Biblically, rather than in the order originally written - in fact, other than a short statement in the preface, there is no indication of the exact location where the original essays are located or the order in which they were produced. In addition, each of the author’s main points are well documented from scripture, but there is little other secondary or primary sources for the reader to assist in further study. This lack of bibliographic detail is the major flaw to the book. There is some, but most of the independent essays lack the needed supporting material. The electronic version of the book I received had no indexing - it would be hoped that a paper edition would include a thorough Biblical index. This should include both an index of the passages discussed and of the Biblical material referenced throughout the book. These missing elements are not significant in an e-book as searching can reproduce much of the needed references. Scripture is so important to the author’s arguments, that would be a significant hole in a paper edition. Though not designed as a devotional book, the design and layout of the book might allow some readers to use it as such. Others would want to use it as a reference book for the variety of problems and issues addressed. The book would be a welcome addition to the supplemental reading used in a Bible survey course for the Bible College or Seminary student. The pastor may find it of some use as a source of sermon illustrations and teaching resources. For some the young Christian, the essays may present a challenge to their faith. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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  24. Nathan Soper

    Nathan Soper


    Does exactly what it says on the tin (or cover). Heiser presents some fascinating insights onto many of the more perplexing and overlooked pearls within our holy canon. Whilst I was not always persuaded with his final concluisons, his thought flow and sensitivity to historical/cultural context are most admirable. Gripping from start to finish this book will not dissapoint. 5 stars!

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  34. Felix Lee

    Felix Lee


    I've been watching Dr. Heiser's Lessons online, and all I can say is that my biblical worldview has gotten greatly expanded. Especially the teachings on the sons of God and the Divine Council. I greatly recommend this to anyone who would like to see the bible for what it is without the obscuring that many of our bible translations and interpretational traditions do to a lot of the original hebrew text. thanks Dr. Heiser and Logos for making it available in the software. ps. I also recommend ordering "the façade" by the good doctor.

  35. Andy Anderson

    Andy Anderson


    This is a no-brainer to purchase! Dr. Michael Heiser is absolutely brilliant, and an incredible Biblical Scholar. I encourage you to add this resource to your library. You not only will not be disappointed, but amazed with his incredible insights into the Biblical text. Thank you for making this available to the Logos Bible Software Family!


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