Book Review – Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible’s Authority (19/4)

Throughout the years, the bible has constantly been under attack. Yet, as a christian I firmly believed that the bible can be defended. Likewise, so does Jonathan Morrow. In this book, Morrow tackles 11 questions that are commonly raised against the bible.

Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible's AuthorityMorrow first encourages skeptics (and especially christians) to be open about their struggles in believing the christian faith. Rather than sweeping things under the rug, Morrow is open to these struggles and wants to help these christians through their struggles.

Within the book, he tackles these issues by first explaining what are the doubts or questions these issues are raising. Next, he moves on to answers these questions. Morrow covers these questions in depth, that not only helps the readers to have enough knowledge to answer the questions, but also to be able to interact with existing literature on the topic.

For example, in the 2nd chapter it talks about the question to find the historical Jesus. Morrow gives an overview of the first, second and third quest of finding the historical Jesus. Next, talking on the issue of multiple attestation, he introduce the readers about the two source hypothesis of the synoptic gospels. Following which, Morrow shows the readers even the minimal Jesus, as proposed by the Jesus Seminar scholars, showed that Jesus was not merely a religious teacher. Lastly, he showed the readers that there were also external attestation to Jesus being the Christ. Phew! Certainly a christian who reads this will surely grow in depth!

At the end of each chapter, Morrow has also very helpfully summarised the main points of his argument, and also gives some conversation tips for those who interact with non-christians who raises issue. Lastly, he provides additional materials that the reader can read up on to tackle the issue in greater depth.

What a christian will get out of reading this book is really a deeper conviction in the God of Word, and a greater confidence in the Bible. May this book help the new generation of christian learn to defend the Bible with even more zeal in a hostile environment. Recommended for those in college or high school. You will find answers to your questions on the bible here.

Rating: 4.5 / 5

If you are interested, you can get it here and here (free international shipping), Kindle.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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