I have an interest in history and archaeology of ancient biblical times and that knowledge gives us a better understanding when reading the bible.Â The summary of Hank Hanegraaff's book Has God Spoken states it will demonstrate the bible is divinely inspired through the use of archaeology, manuscript and prophecy.Â It is for this reason I decided to review it.
Mr. Hanegraff divided this book into four sections: 1)Manuscripts, 2) Archeologists, 3) Prophetic and 4) Scriptural. Which he gives an acronym of M.A.P.S.Â Each of the sections are further divided and spelled with acronyms for each.Â I won't go into details to save space. I also see flipping through the book that each of the pages on the four sections have a symbol in gray printed on the right side margin similar to a printed thumb index.Â This will make it easy to go directly to one of the four main sections quickly.Â Nice touch.
I find the content very interesting and with lots of facts.Â I look forward to re-read the book and compare the facts and the biblical references.Â This book is an excellent source for apologetic discussions.Â If you like biblical history or archaeology, you will find this book to be very interesting.Â Enjoy!
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Hanks reason for why the Bible is all that matters
September 4, 2011
Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man, quickly begins to point out flaws of the Quran and Mormon books in the introduction and why the Bible is the only source of knowing that God has spoken. Hank organized the book into four sections, Manuscript's, Archaeologist's, Prophecies and Scriptural.
I do appreciate Hanks' knowledge of being able to put this together, however, this is not a book for those who are looking for an easy read. With the picture of the scroll on the cover should give it away that this will be theological and demands your attention to grasp what is being said. Hank offers very detailed explanation for why the Bible is authentic and the only historical source of God's true word. You may wonder why my rating of this book is lower than what my review would show. I have recently discovered that Hank believes that the Book Heaven is for Real does not match what the Bible says. This concerns me with Hank and his actual understanding of the Bible and the experience that people have with near death experiences. Though he may be the Bible Answer Man, doesn't mean Hank has everything figured out, though I do respect his integrity to bring forth the Gospel.
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The Bible Answer Man Delivers Memorable Proofs for the Divine Inspiration of the Bible
The Bible is under siege with many fundamentalist on the right, like professor Bart Ehrman of the University of North Carolina of Chapel Hill, and even President Barack Obama, without hesitation take pot shots at the Good Book, making fallacious arguments against the inerrancy of the text. Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man radio broadcast, responds to these assertions in his latest book Has God Spoken? Proof of the Bible's Divine Inspiration.
Has God Spoken? is an invaluable resource on demonstrating that the Bible is divine rather than human in origin. In this book, Hank explores the manuscript evidence, which demonstrates that we can say with confidence that the text of the Scripture was faithfully transmitted to us. What we have now is an accurate and faithful reproduction of what was written by the biblical writers.
The way archeology corroborates the peoples, places, and things mentioned in the biblical narrative is also explored in Has God Spoken. Hank highlights key archeological discovers to demonstrate that the Bible is not just a book of fairy tales; rather, it faithfully narrates what had happened in the history of the ancients.
Predictive prophecy is likewise evidence that the Bible is divine rather than human in origin. One of the highlights of the prophecy section of Has God Spoken is Hank's take on the success of nations and abomination of desolations in the Book of Daniel. The Bible Answer Man makes a well reasoned case that God had revealed to Daniel in the 6th century BC things concerning the grand scheme of history that could not have been known otherwise. The Book of Daniel essentially predicted the rise and fall of four great empires (Babylon, Media, Persia, and Greece), the abomination of desolations in the second temple witnessed by the Jewish people during the reign of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, and a glimpse of the coming first century Christ. Hank also demonstrates how the Old Testament points forward to Jesus Christ in both typological and predictive prophecy.
All the facts demonstrating the Bible is divine rather than human in origin are complimented in the final section on Scriptural L-I-G-H-T-S, which offers helpful principles on biblical interpretation. God has indeed spoken; yet, the people need also to learn to read the Bible for all its worth so that they can understand what God has said.
The most helpful element of Hank's new book is the abovementioned points follow the easy to remember acronym MAPS, which stands for Manuscript COPIES (Copyist Practices; Oral Culture; Papyrus and Parchment; Internal Evidence; External Evidence; Science of Textual Criticism), Archeologist S-P-A-D-E (Steles and Stones; Pools and Fools; Assyrian Archaeology; Dead Sea Scrolls; Epic of Gilgamesh), Prophetic S-T-A-R-S (Succession of Nations; Typological Prophecy; Abomination of Desolation; Resurrection; Superstar ABCs), and Scriptural L-I-G-H-T-S (Literal Principle; Illumination Principle; Grammatical Principle; Historical Principle; Typology Principle; Synergy Principle).
Has God Spoken is certainly a book worth a read and something to be kept as a handbook and tool for reading and understanding God's Word.
I was perhaps slightly hesitant to even select this latest work by author and radio host Hank Hanegraaff due to my forays into some of his previous works. His radio program, Bible Answer Man is apparently quite popular and he does have a rather devoted group of followers. Maybe it is the whole idea of someone even daring to call themselves the Bible Answer Man that was a turn off for me. Regardless of my past reservations with Hanegraaff, I decided to give his latest book a read.
As noted by others who have reviewed this book in recent weeks, Hanegraaff is not for those who do not have a desire to expand their vocabulary. With that said, this book is after all an apologetical work so I was not bothered by the somewhat advanced level of vernacular used throughout the book. Hanegraaff describes this book as the "culmination of my life goal to provide seekers, skeptics, and saints alike with a memorable means by which to internalize answers to the three great apologetic issues of this or any other generation." He uses the acronym "M-A-P-S" as a means by which to interact with various ways to "demonstrate that the Bible is divine as opposed to merely human in nature." Subsumed within that acronym are sub-acronyms by which Hanegraaff further explores apologetical methodologies.
This book was quite fascinating and well worth the read. For those who desire a full on scholarly approach to the topic of the Bible's historical, linguistic, archaeological, and literary veracity just to name a few, I highly recommend this book. There are certainly areas many will disagree with Hanegraaff on such as his eschatological viewpoints for example. Additionally, there are times when he perhaps seems to be overly interested with interacting with author Bart Ehrman and his attacks on the Bible. I for one was pleased to see someone consistently break down Erhman's arguments thus showing them to be invalid, biased, and argumentative at best. For being under 300 pages of actual reading material, this book is packed full of valuable information. This book is not just for the seasoned apologist; conversely, it is accessible to all levels of understanding. While some aspects of the book may be more challenging to comprehend for the more entry level apologist or a new believer, as a whole, it is not so scholarly as to be of no real practical use.
Has God Spoken is well researched with plenty of endnotes for further study. Hanegraaff analyzes his topic thoroughly leaving very few stones unturned. Those who choose to read this book will find their knowledge of the history behind the writing of the Bible greatly increased.
Furthermore, their ability to interact with those, especially in the blogosphere, who perpetually attempt to undermine the veracity of Scripture, will be strengthened as a result of reading this book. Those two elements alone make this a worthwhile book to read. I would also recommend as companions to Hanegraaff's Has God Spoken the following books: (1) Origin of the Bible by F. F. Bruce and (2) Jesus and the Eyewitnesses by Richard Bauckham. Together with Has God Spoken, these materials will enable to reader to have a broader appreciation for and understanding of the historical development, facticity, synergistic beauty, and inerrancy of God's word. Such issues were the aim of Hanegraaff's effort in writing this book and to that end he was highly successful.
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Has God Spoken is typical Hank Hanegraaff. If you listen to the Bible Answer Man you'll know exactly what to expect. No real curve balls here. Although this is a little more in depth than Hank Hanegraaff usually goes and is therefore one of his better books it still has the same general drawbacks as his other books. First, Hank Hanegraaff is an amateur. He has never received any kind of seminary or pastoral or Christian education of any kind and it always seems to come through. He is also kind of a broken record. He constantly repeats the same things over and over so if your very familiar with him you'll just keep saying "this again" throughout. What's more, he is to wrapped up in his acronyms. Acronyms are good because they help people remember except that most of the ones in this book seem a little forced. I'll also deduct points for peripheral theology (which hecan never seem to get past) in an apologetics book. The book itself was a pretty average level read. If you like the scholarly apologetics (which tend to be better and more effective) you'll be disappointed. Although it has these drawbacks it was still overall a good book. If I was to recommend one book on apologetics it wouldn't be this one but I probably wouldn't discourage people from reading it.
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