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The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible

The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible

Michael S. Heiser

| Lexham Press | 2015

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THEOLOGIANS & PASTORS NEED A SUPERNATURAL WORLDVIEW. The Bible can only be interpreted correctly when we understand the worldview of its writers. Instead of basing interpretations on Christian history or theological traditions, the author recaptures the supernatural worldview of the original writers and readers. This book unlocks the meaning of many “problem” passages—verses that many Bible teachers pass over—by shifting readers back to the cultural viewpoint of the ancient writers of the Bible. Theological and social filters make reading the Bible “safe”—and predictable. Remove the filters, and discover in Scripture the story of an epic battle between the unseen forces of good and evil. This book equips pastors and Bible teachers to demonstrate the relevance of Scripture to a culture fascinated by the supernatural. The Bible has all of the supernatural drama of Stephen King with one unique difference—it’s all true. These are theological ideas whose time has come.

Author Bio

Dr. Michael S. Heiser is a Scholar-in-Residence for Faithlife Corporation, the makers of Logos Bible Software. His 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 both directly contribute to Logos’ goal of adapting scholarly tools for nonspecialists.

Dr. Heiser earned his PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic languages and holds and 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.