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Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties

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Addresses, in the order in which they appear in scripture, the problems and questions in the biblical text which are raised against the doctrine of inerrancy.
Hardcover, 476 pages
Published May 1st 1982 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published 1982)
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May 08, 2014 Mickey rated it really liked it
This is the book that converted me to atheism.

I had only a dozen or so conflicts and contradictions of the bible. This author has a great many more.
He tries so desperately to answer these "Difficulties" and his answers were not credible in my opinion.

Like I am to believe that:

Length of one's hair can control ones strength: Samson.
That one can survive for three days in a whale or leviathan: Jonah.
That a person could live for hundreds of years: Methuselah.
That one could raise people from the dead
Mar 22, 2015 Holly rated it liked it
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The book is ambitious, it sets out to go book by book through the Bible and address every real or imagined contradiction found, big and small. Some examples of "Bible Difficulties" in the book: how can verses say that Jesus spent three days and three nights in Hades after his crucifixion when he died at 3 PM Friday and rose Sunday morning, that's less than 48 hours? Or "is the mustard seed really the smallest seed, what about the orchid?" and many questions to do with number discrepancies, "what ...more
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Feb 10, 2016 Royce Ratterman rated it it was amazing

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Mar 07, 2008 Frank rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: My scholarly minded friends
I have the older edition (there has since been an updated one that I may get) and I have to say he deals with a lot. However, he doesn't deal with all the passages i would have liked. If you're just getting started in Bible study and want to get a feel for what questions a book may raise go here. Very easy to read with plenty of information.
Chuck Bonadies
May 26, 2011 Chuck Bonadies rated it liked it
A decent reference work for those who struggle with apparent contradictions in the Bible.
Library of Pastor Chris
Very good resource. I must have for every Christian library.
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Gleason Leonard Archer, Jr. was a Biblical scholar, educator and author.
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