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  1. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Ever wonder why? Get some insights to help answer your questions
    December 15, 2020
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Why is That in the Bible?

    By Eric J. Bargerhuff

    The most perplexing verses and stories--and what they teach us

    The Bible often has passages that can leave a reader scratching their head and wondering what it was all about and even at times why it is in the Bible. But sometimes the meaning of the passage is twofold. It has bearing on the participants and the time in which they lived and it has an alluded to future bearing on the world that was and is still come.

    This book is in no way an exhaustive overview of what one can find perplexing but rather it deals with some of the more well-known passages of both the Old and New Testaments. For instance, Abraham's sacrifice of Issac, who would willingly take a long-desired child and offer them as a sacrifice. Yet this is what Abraham did and he did it with a belief that he would still have a son afterward. This one of those instances of present and future meaning. And then there is the story of Jesus cursing the non-bearing fig tree. Reading passage one can be confused - why curse a tree that is not bearing fruit? But there is a deeper message that if directed at those who profess belief in Christ and His salvation - words are like the leaves of the fig tree and actions are like the fruit. Without actions behind our words, we are like a fruitless leafed-out tree.

    These various examples take the reader on a journey of discovery, one that can open the eyes, mind, and heart to the greater meaning found within the Bible. One just needs the means to see deeper and this book offers one help in doing so. This book as the author offers in his conclusion is to help combat the biblical illiteracy that is growing and to help "Christians to be known as people of the Book" for without this we will never God as He intended us to. Are you ready to understand God's story more fully?

    This book is one that you will want to have on hand for looking back on what you read or even to reread sections when you come across these passages in your daily Bible readings. Would make an excellent gift for those with questions about why something is in the Bible.

    I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations. All thoughts expressed are my own.
  2. Nancy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Why is That in the Bible? by Dr. Eric J. Bargerhuff
    September 25, 2020
    Nancy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Why Is That In the Bible? by Eric J. Bargerhuff is a Christian living book. Dr. l Eric Bargerhuff is a professor of Bible and theology and the associate dean of academic affairs at Trinity College of Florida.. He was a pastor for twenty years in Ohio, Illinois and Florida.. He received his doctorate in biblical and systematic theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. This book is a helpful tool for any pastor or any Christian. He explains and interprets a verse in each chapter. He writes about verses people to do understand the meaning or the reason the event , situation or decision took place. He explained why Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son. The explanations tell the reader the context of life at that time and why the situation happened. The explanations give a new viewpoint and understanding for this situations. I appreciate Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book. The opinions are my own. I look forward to sharing my review on social media and with church staff.
  3. Julie D.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Really Informative
    September 22, 2020
    Julie D.
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was such an interesting book, full of great information that clears up so many things in the Bible that are confusing. Eric does a good job of breaking things down and explaining these things.

    My favorite part of the book is at the end of each chapter, he gives us the Scriptures and then questions so that we can gain more understanding of what we have just read. I like when an author lets us dig into the Scripture ourselves and doesn't just spoon feed us information. Yes, he gives us the information we need to start our journey of understanding but he helps us to really get into the Scriptures.

    There are so many questions answered in this book. If you've ever wondered about something that seems strange or odd in the Bible, you'll most likely find the answer to it in this book. I also like that this book was easy to read and not dry as dust. It was a pure joy to read!

    I highly recommend this book as it is very informational. I give it 5 stars.
  4. tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I Wonder....
    September 20, 2020
    tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Have you read something in the Bible that caused you to want more details, but didn't know where to find them? This book tries to help you with that. Forty subjects are covered such as the fight for Moses' body, the dead people resurrected and seen walking through out Jerusalem at the time of Christ's death, and looks for an answer to who the Nephilim were.

    The author points to places in the Bible that might help explain these stories, along with what scholars and theologians have said. He gives incites to help us understand the occurrences, but states some things are still up for debate. He also adds that the point to some incidents might have been nothing more than to show God's glory.

    The author has been in church ministry more than twenty years, as well as, is currently a professor and dean at a Christian college. I enjoyed hearing about these amazing events. This 5-star book is easy to read, the details fun to ponder. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know the rest of the story. Remember, too, you will never go wrong by asking the Lord for greater understanding.

    Tickmenot was provided with a book for review. Opinions are my own.

  5. Moments With Mercy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    loved it
    September 9, 2020
    Moments With Mercy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    i know im not the only one who has read something in the Bible and wndered exactly what it meant. i try do do a lot of studying but that doesnt mean i always know what something means. Eric Bergerhuff wrote this wonderful, insightful book. do yourself a favor and order a copy.
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