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The Bible Against Itself: Why the Bible Seems to Contradict Itself
All books are written for or against some point of view, and the books of the Bible are no different. Bible book authors were often motivated to write because they wanted to challenge or correct those who had written before them. As Helms explains, The Bible is a war-zone, and its authors are the combatants. Paul said of Peter, I opposed him to his face, because he was cle ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published September 15th 2006 by Millennium Press
(first published January 1st 2006)
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Randel Helms deserve a wider readership. He is on par with Bart Ehrman when it comes to sorting our fact from fiction in biblical textual criticism. Helms takes the reader on a quick but fun romp through the bible, pointing out the variations in the texts because of differing viewpoints of the authors. For example, he traces the path of Jewish thought from sacrifice to the end of sacrifice while explaining the gradual shift from wisdom literature to prophecy and then back to wisdom literature an ...more
This is a good introductory read into analysis of the bible and is at its best in looking at the Old Testament. I think Helms fails his readers in his New Testament material in that he takes a specific perspective regarding the Gospels which guides his conclusions--but he doesn't really delve into the arguments for why and that's a critical failing.