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A surprising number of popular Bible stories are commonly misused or misunderstood, even by well-intentioned Christians. In The Most Misused Stories in the Bible Eric J. Bargerhuff forwards a concise yet thorough understanding of the meaning of David and Goliath, Jonah and the Big Fish, the Woman Caught in Adultery, and other well-known Bible stories.

Providing fascinating historical and scriptural insights, Bargerhuff helps readers sort through modern-day distortions of fourteen well-known Bible stories and grasp their original meaning and purpose for us today.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764219138
ISBN-13: 9780764219139

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Eric J. Bargerhuff, PhD, teaches in the Bible and Theology department and directs the Honors Program at Trinity College of Florida. Author of the acclaimed book The Most Misused Verses in the Bible, he served in pastoral ministry for more than twenty years. Eric received his doctorate in biblical and systematic theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a member of the Center for Pastor Theologians (CPT) and the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). Eric and his family live in Trinity, Florida.

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  1. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Would be a good Bible study selection
    June 20, 2017
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Most Misused Stories in the Bible

    by Eric J. Bargerhuff

    Surprising ways popular Bible stories are misunderstood

    All too often we are taught from a young age what a story in the Bible is all about. But these stories are often made to fit the lesson that is being made. In this book, Eric Bargerhuff attempts to dispell our misconceptions about some of the most used stories.

    David and Goliath - the classic example of facing and overcoming our fears is not about facing fear at all. David wasn't afraid of Goliath - in fact, he seemed to be the only Israelite not afraid of Goliath. Rather this is a story about trusting in God and in His strength.

    Cain and Abel's story is explained and how too often we misunderstand the point of the story - which is not the rejection of one sacrifice over another or even murder. Rather the point is the condition of one's heart which only God can see. When we study the story of Jonah we tend to focus on the fish, rather than on God and what He accomplished. And the woman caught in adultery is not a shield giving us permission to sin with a free pass to "get out of sin card". Through this book, we will examine not only these stories but 10 additional ones that will help us to read in context and not add personal biases or beliefs to our interpretation of the Bible.

    This book is both interesting and informative. A definite must to have on hand and share with those you know. In my opinion, this would be any excellent choice for either a group or family Bible study. Often we never look beyond the stories we heard in Sunday School and study them on our own to learn the truths that they have to offer us. Eric Bargerhuff offers us a look beyond that can help us decern other truths that we have allowed to lay hidden behind the comfort of the children's stories that we are comfortable and familiar with.

    I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
  2. Danni
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Start
    June 18, 2017
    Danni
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    So Eric Bargerhuff put together this book of stories that are often misused in the Bible. In The Most Misused Stories In The Bible Bargerhuff takes stories from both the old and new testament to make his point clear.

    As someone who is slightly more seasoned in the Bible I found myself wanting to dig a bit deeper than what Bargerhuff was saying. Now that being said I will tell you what really happened while reading this book.

    I took it with me when I went to see my best friend (who just happens to be a pastors kid). Of course she is going to ask about what I am reading. So, I told her. Read some to her. And then....debated with her. ( I adore a good debate). And that is what I believe this book to be.... A great jumping off point for discussion.

    Its so simply written that even my kids should be able to understand, but of course the topics are heavy. So please, read it, debate it, open up God's word and prove it right or wrong. This is a great book for a family discussion.

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review
  3. Just Commonly
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Decent, but best used in discussion
    June 15, 2017
    Just Commonly
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    The title, The Most Misused Stories in the Bible and the tagline, "Surprising Ways Popular Bible Stories Are Misunderstood" caught my attention. The author, Eric J. Bargerhuff put together 14 Biblical stories that reviewed and explained how they were misunderstood, or when the message was taken out of context.

    I read this out loud in the car on a road trip so my family and I can open up into discussion. Having done so, I think it allowed me to keep an open mind to the author's take on many of the main message of the stories. If I had read it alone, I would've felt the author's no-nonsense approach in some ways off-putting. I think his examples are great clarifications, but it doesn't give room for further interpretations that allows for it. Having read it in a form of group discussions, it helped to see perspective and allow for personal research and clarification. In all, I think this book is a great way for Christians, new as well as seasoned ones to open their minds for deeper examination of specific Bible stories.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
  4. Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Rethink How You Use Popular Bible Stories
    June 15, 2017
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Most Misused Stories In The Bible: Surprising Ways Popular Bible Stories Are Misunderstood by Eric J. Bargerhuff is an informative glance at 14 popular Bible stories and ways they are frequently misunderstood or misrepresented to serve a purpose other then their intended meaning. While a lot of what Eric states as the true moral of the storycould be considered mere speculation, he does do a pretty thorough job of walking the reader through his deductive chain of reasoning to reachhis conclusions, using a combination of related Bible references, commentary notes, original Greek wording.

    Some of the misused stories and their errant interpretations are ones I was familiar with, such as David and Goliath telling us to face our fears (when,as Eric shows us, it is very obvious that David was not afraid at all). However,about half of the stories in this volume are ones that include interpretations I'd never heard. Once Eric explained the popular usage for these alternative meanings, I could see how some people (and ministries)would use these stories for their benefit instead of God's.

    A few of the stories covered are Gideon and his fleece, Cain and Abel, the woman caught in adultery, Zacchaeus the tax collector,the three wise men, and the rich fool.

    While Eric lays out these stories in order to share his deductions with us, this book is more than just a set of essays comparing different views of the same stories. Eric has chosen to use it as his personal platform for reminding us how sacred the Bible is, how careful we must be in our interpretation, representation, and retelling of it, and common mistakes that people and churches make when referring to portions of the Bible.

    I think The Most Misused Stories in the Bible would be a good book for anyone looking for a deeper understanding and appreciation of classic Bible stories. It would also be a good fit for anyone lost in the depths of trying to sort out one interpretation versus another, while trying to discern which truth to believe. 4/5 stars.

    *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
  5. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    food for thought
    June 12, 2017
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I read the book in a couple of sittings so I could digest what the author was presenting. There are some very good points the author makes to correct misapplied or misunderstood parts of the Bible. I agree with the author who states that context determines the meaning along with using the whole counsel of God.

    Most of what is presented is definitely food for thought. There are a few chapters though where I disagreed with the author mainly because it promotes Church to the exclusion of the Jewish people. In other words, he leaves out the need for a historical, ethnic and understanding of the times when these events took place. The other problem was where I felt he was encouraging people to the New Testament while downplaying or ignoring The Old Testament.

    So regardless of what I think, if you read the book please read discerningly.
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