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New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties

, 1982
ISBN: 9780310591580

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Did God approve of Rahab’s lie? Why are many of the Old Testament quotes in the New Testament not literal? Does the Bible class abortion with murder? Where did Adam and Eve’s sons get their wives? Does 1 Corinthians 7:10–16 authorize divorce for desertion?

What do you make of the difficult areas in the Bible—those puzzling passages that make you stop and scratch your head? The seeming contradictions and inconsistencies of Scripture actually have sound explanations. But unless you’re a Bible scholar, you probably don’t know about them.

That’s why you need the New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties. It gives you informed answers to your most troublesome questions. Some of the solutions seem obvious—after you’ve read them. But most include an eye-opening look at linguistic, cultural, numerical, relational, and other considerations of which most Bible readers are unaware.

Referencing both the New International Version and the New American Standard Bible, this helpful resource makes scholarly insights accessible to everyone. Whether you’re a student, pastor, everyday Bible-lover, or even a skeptic, the New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties will show you why the Bible is believable and dependable, with a message you can live by.

Resource Experts
  • Tips for dealing with Bible difficulties
  • Introduction to biblical inerrancy
  • Detailed analysis of the entire Bible
  • Index of persons and subjects

Top Highlights

“Be fully persuaded in your own mind that an adequate explanation exists, even though you have not yet found it.” (Page 15)

“But a true and proper belief in the inerrancy of Scripture involves neither a literal nor a figurative rule of interpretation. What it does require is a belief in whatever the biblical author (human and divine) actually meant by the words he used.” (Page 58)

“Canon 6. The reading that more closely conforms to the style, diction, or viewpoint of the author in the rest of the book is to be preferred over a reading that seems markedly divergent.” (Page 43)

“Canon 5. The reading with the widest geographical support is to be preferred over one that predominants only within a single region or a single manuscript family.” (Page 43)

“Canon 7. A reading that reflects no doctrinal bias on the part of the copyist himself is to be preferred over one that betrays a partisan viewpoint.” (Page 43)

This book is written without any apologies, and from the perspective of a true orthodox Christian. Archer’s academic credibility is impeccable and thankfully he left this book behind so a new generation could defend the biblical worldview aggressively.

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  • Title: New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties
  • Author: Gleason L. Archer Jr.
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Print Publication Date: 1982
  • Logos Release Date: 2010
  • Pages: 480
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible › Encyclopedias--Examinations, questions, etc; Bible › Examinations, questions, etc; Bible › Hermeneutics
  • ISBNs: 9780310591580, 9780310241461, 0310591589, 0310241464
  • Resource ID: LLS:NIEBD
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-01-19T23:26:25Z

Gleason L. Archer Jr. was professor emeritus of Old Testament and Semitic studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.


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  1. Ron Christensen
  2. Timothy W. Foutz
    I had the privilege of being a student of Dr. Archer's at the time he was publishing this book. I purchased it as soon as it was available. It has been an invaluable resource to me over the years. It is not a commentary, but it deals with many of the hard questions and issues that come up in Bible study, or when talking to someone who doubts the reliability of Scripture. It is well worth the price.
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