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Today's Handbook for Solving Bible Difficulties
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Today's Handbook for Solving Bible Difficulties


David E. O’Brien 1990

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For the one without formal training in biblical studies, resolving questions and difficulties that arise while reading Scripture can be a discouraging task. Without a background in the culture, language, and history of the Bible, the lay student is often left to grasp for answers, or trust what someone else has said or written as the correct interpretation of a specific passage.

Today’s Handbook for Solving Bible Difficulties offers a refreshing solution. While offering suggested answers to specific difficulties, it goes a step beyond the usual approach and teaches readers reliable interpretative tools to use in their own reading of the Bible. Author David O’Brien encourages readers to a more in-depth, personal Bible study and shows them how to do it. In a very readable style, the book divides Bible difficulties into categories to help Bible students understand problems with:

  • Apparent biblical contradictions in certain passages
  • Language, translation, and figures of speech
  • History, criticism, and transmission of the biblical text
  • Cultural differences
  • Creation, Genesis 1–11, and prophecy
  • Ethics and lifestyle issues
  • Controversial doctrinal issues

Key Features

  • Teaches the reader how to answer difficult questions from the Bible
  • Includes a list of scriptures, questions and subjects covered


  • History
  • Language
  • Culture
  • All Three

Product Details

  • Title: Today's Handbook for Solving Bible Difficulties
  • Author: David E. O’Brien
  • Publisher: David E. O’Brien
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 495

About David E. O’Brien

David E. O’Brien received his M. Div. from Bethel Theological Seminary, his M. A. in Old Testament from Wheaton Graduate School, and a B. A. in history. Besides having several years of experience in teaching Bible college classes on the Old Testament and Romans, he has taught extensively in seminar workshops on the subject of hermeneutics and has spent over a dozen years in pastoral work. O’Brien was a Consulting Editor of Today’s Bible Dictionary and Today’s Handbook of Bible Times and Customs and wrote the essay, “The Time Between Testaments,” in the NIV Study Bible. David O’Brien has a wife and four children.

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