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A General Introduction to the Bible

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An updated version of the popular original, it satisfies the exacting demands placed on any good Bible introduction: Excellent scholarship andclear writing. ...more
Hardcover, 728 pages
Published August 8th 1986 by Moody Publishers (first published 1968)
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While much of this book is good for brief reading stints here and there, it is really too outdated to be a reference book.

There are many places in which the authors derive information from one source, write a whole page on it, and end up with faulty conclusions esp. the one regarding Paul having written amongst the Celtic people in Asia Minor which relies on an interpretation of the "Northern Galatian Theory" which is currently considered inaccurate (cf. p. 541-42).

This issue is merely one of ma
Erika RS
Sep 29, 2013 Erika RS rated it it was ok
This book has four parts: inspiration, canonicity, transmission, and translation.

The general conclusion of the book sums it up well:
The general purpose of this book has been twofold: historical and theological. Historically and critically, it has been an attempt to answer the question as to whether the Bible of the twentieth century, based as it is on the critical Hebrew and Greek texts, is a faithful reproduction of the books produced by its original authors. The answer is by now obvious, and
Nathan Parker
Jul 20, 2015 Nathan Parker rated it really liked it
Excellent textbook that outlines the doctrine of Bibliology. It sharpened my skills in this area, and it will probably be the primary textbook I will use in my Bibliology classes. The overall presentation of the textbook was well written, well organized, and still digestible enough to test/quiz students on it.
Jeffrey Backlin
Mar 16, 2014 Jeffrey Backlin rated it liked it
Shelves: history, bible
A general introduction into the organization, history and content of the bible.
Jun 03, 2016 Lydia rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, non-fiction
This is a solid introduction that attempts to explain what the Bible is, and how it came to us. Geisler looks at four areas of biblical study in particular: the inspiration, canonization, transmission, and translation of the Bible.

The book is massive, and jam-packed full of information that took me quite a while to get through. I skipped over a few of the more tedious sections. However, after reading this, I feel I have a much greater understanding of why the Bible is indeed a solid foundation,
G. Jorge Medina
Oct 23, 2013 G. Jorge Medina rated it liked it
Book info needs updating ASAP!
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Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University of Chicago) has taught at top evangelical colleges and seminaries for over fifty years and is distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He is the author of nearly eighty books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics and Christian Ethics. He and his wife live in Charlotte, ...more
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