* Who wrote the Bible? Why are there so many translations? How do we find meaning in the text? Using common questions to discover the Bible's purpose in our lives, Seed offers an accessible survey of the history and content of the world's most influential book. Includes a study guide for individuals and small groups. 192 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
The Bible isn't meant to be left unquestioned; it's meant to be opened and read and questioned. And everyone has questions about the Bible--from the senior pastor of the big church down the road to the guest at the hotel off the interstate. Where did it come from? Who wrote it? Why are people so inspired by it (or fearful of it)? What does it have to do with my life? Hal Seed takes you on a tour into and behind the Bible, so that you get to know it and the God who makes himself known in it.
Hal Seed is the founding pastor of New Song Community Church in Oceanside, California. Since the church began in 1992, New Song has seen over 11,000 people come to Christ, has planted four daughter churches, has launched one satellite, and has helped launch four parachurch ministries: Outreach Inc., Dynamic Church Planting International, Church Community Builder, and First the Kingdom. Currently Seed travels to assist churches with evangelism and outreach, military ministry strategy, and "Next Door" efforts. He is a Walk-Thru-The-Bible Instructor and a trainer for Dynamic Church Planting International. He holds degrees in biblical studies and Christian Education, theology and leadership from Wheaton College (B.A.), and Denver (M. Div) and Fuller Seminaries (D.Min).
"With The Bible Questions, Hal Seed has succeeded in writing one of those rare books that has the ability to benefit new believers, longtime believers and full-fledged skeptics alike. For believers, it provides great insight and tools for taking our faith to a deeper level--not to mention it is full of the practical information we need to be able to speak intelligently about the volume that is the basis of our belief. For skeptics, it offers a thorough discussion of many of the issues that often fuel concern and debate. I recommend this powerful resource to anyone who wants to learn more about the Bible."
"If you have a desire to answer inquiring minds about the particulars of the World's Most Important Book or maybe you'd like to satisfy your own curiosity about some of the details of the Bible's purpose or history, this is a tremendous place to start."
"Giving a satisfactory overview of Scripture that is clear enough not to be easily misunderstood, concise enough to not be intimidating, and sufficient enough to adequately cover this enormous topic is a tall task rarely attempted or achieved. Hal Seed seems to have tackled it masterfully in his new book The Bible Questions."
"In The Bible Questions, Hal Seed sheds light on all aspects of what God intends for us with the Bible and how we can study it more effectively. Because he is a scholar as well as a teacher and practicing church leader, I cannot imagine a better all-around book for anything from a comprehensive church sermon series to a personal learning experience for Christians anywhere and everywhere!"
"Hal Seed has given us all a great gift. His new book makes the Book more accessible to us all. If you have any questions about the Bible--this is the place to start."
"This lively book covers important ground for the curious, the new believer and even the veteran follower of Jesus. The quick-moving blend of stories, historical trivia and interesting factoids covers everything from the basics such as 'Who decided what went into the Bible?' to tough questions such as 'Why was God so violent in the Old Testament?' It's good theology, stimulating content and rich with practical application."
"The Bible Questions answers what both Christians and non-Christians are asking about the Bible, which makes it a perfect outreach campaign for a church. I highly recommend it!"
" The Bible Questions serves as a timely guide to the timeless Scriptures. New believers to aspiring theologians will appreciate its depth and simplicity. If you are looking for one book that combines academic scholarship along with practical application, this book is for you."
"I have read and studied the Bible many times over my fifty-plus years of ministry. But as I read The Bible Questions, I found myself saying over and over, 'I didn't know that!' The Bible Questions is well written, simple, short but thorough, and a practical guide for study by a small group or an individual. I recommend the book for the beginner or the longtime Christian who wants to learn more about the Bible."
"In this book, Hal Seed demystifies the Bible's origins, giving insight into how it came about why it is organized the way it is, and what the various parts point to as a whole. . . . This book is recommended."