The writing flows in this book, making it very easy to read. There is a lot of evidence outside the Bible itself for its historicity and truthfulness. The author takes us through these evidences.
Using acronyms for easier memory, we are taken through all the evidence given through the various manuscript copies of the Old and New Testaments. While having read this information in other sources, it is still amazing to see the number of manuscripts that we have available to us of the New Testament, especially compared to the number of manuscripts of other ancient documents, such as Homer’s Iliad.
Next we learn of how archaeology has confirmed much of the historical information given to us throughout the Bible. Time and again discoveries have been made that confirmed various details in Scripture, giving credence to its reliability.
At a point in the book where he is talking about fulfilled prophecies of the Bible, the author’s theological viewpoint is very evident and is given as fact. While in reality, there are many different viewpoints on these prophecies and whether they have already been fulfilled or are still future. These are not primary doctrines but are secondary issues that Christians can disagree on and still fellowship together. Yet it is interesting to see how prophecy has been fulfilled, and how all the minute details of prophecy concerning who the Messiah would be point to Jesus being the only one who could fulfill all those prophecies.
Finally, the author takes us through the importance of reading Scripture in context – looking at the literary genre, the historical context, grammatical syntax, and how typology plays a part. The evidence both externally and internally is overwhelmingly in favor of the Bible being the book that it claims to be – God’s inspired Word. This book has ample documentation that can be used to refute those who claim that the Bible has errors in it, as well as other attacks against the Bible. Well-written and easily readable, it is a great book to be used in apologetics and defending the truth of the Bible to skeptics.
“You have just read a volume that answers the question has God spoken? in the affirmative. Our challenge is to build a lighthouse in the midst of the gathering darkness; to be change agents in the culture rather than a microcosm of the culture; to be transformed by the renewing of our minds rather than conformed to the culture.”
“My challenge to you is this: get into the Word and get the Word into you. Memorize, meditate, and mine the Bible for all its wealth. Stem the tide of darkness by ever being ready to provide proof of the bible’s divine inspiration.”
*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review.