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Don't Know Much About the Bible: Everything You Need to Know About the Good Book but Never Learned
Don't Know Much About the Bible Everything You Need to Know About the Good Book but Never Learned
Author: Kenneth C. Davis
ISBN-13: 9780380728398
ISBN-10: 0380728397
Publication Date: 9/1/1999
Pages: 560
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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Be aware that Davis is writing from the perspective that the Bible is a book full of myths. He likens a lot of the Genesis stories to myths and legends from other cultures, but does not entertain the idea that maybe many other cultures have legends about a worldwide flood, etc, because it actually happened. And he brings up two accounts of creation like this is some huge controversy. I had to look hard to even see what he was talking about. What he is referring to is clearly an overview of creation, then more detail as we get into the nitty gritty. The good thing is that it is causing me to continually reach for my Bible to dig deeper and find out firsthand what It has to say.
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Be aware that Davis is writing from the perspective that the Bible is a book full of myths. He likens a lot of the Genesis stories to myths and legends from other cultures, but does not entertain the idea that maybe many other cultures have legends about a worldwide flood, etc, because it actually happened. And he brings up two accounts of creation like this is some huge controversy. I had to look hard to even see what he was talking about. What he is referring to is clearly an overview of creation, then more detail as we get into the nitty gritty. The good thing is that it is causing me to continually reach for my Bible to dig deeper and find out firsthand what It has to say.
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Really provokes thinking. Not for the devout who do not question the bible...
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Be aware that Davis is writing from the perspective that the Bible is a book full of myths. He likens a lot of the Genesis stories to myths and legends from other cultures, but does not entertain the idea that maybe many other cultures have legends about a worldwide flood, etc, because it actually happened. And he brings up two accounts of creation like this is some huge controversy. I had to look hard to even see what he was talking about. What he is referring to is clearly an overview of creation, then more detail as we get into the nitty gritty. The good thing is that it is causing me to continually reach for my Bible to dig deeper and find out firsthand what It has to say.
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"plenty of surprising yet credible breaths of frsh air on an old subject"
I could find backup for almost all of the "surprising breaths of fresh air."
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TIS ANSWERS THE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE THAT WE HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW BUT NEVER ASKED.
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This is one of those books that will not please everyone; but taken as an introduction for Bible newbies, this is interesting reading. What I found to be wonderful is the way the author put the Bible into a historical context. This made much of the Bible more understandable, particularly the New Testament.

Each page of this book demonstrated terrific scholarship and study. Davis tells the real stories behind some of the Bible stories with which we are familiar. He also does a great job of explaining many mistranslations according to the latest research.

One thing I wasnt expecting was Davis explanation of biblical tenants that are no longer used; these were used by ancient tribes: (1) prohibition in Leviticus against planting fields with two different kinds of seeds, and (2) a father showing stained linens of his daughter (proving that she was now a woman).

The comparison of the 4 Gospels was thought-provoking; and when they were placed in the historical environment, I found this book fascinating. All-in-all, Davis book synthesizes the latest research (as of 1998) into the Bible.
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This book is definitely not written by someone who believes the Bible is the inspire words of God. As a Christian I started this book thinking I was going to learn a lot of really neat information about Hebrew scriptures and stuff that I just miss when I am reading the Bible on my own. After getting just a little ways into this book I was wondering if, as a Christian, I should be reading this. It presents everything in the Bible as a myth. Like other reviewers said it compares the Bible to myths of other cultures but does not take into account that other cultures could have these myths because these events did happen. Also like the other reviewer said, I often find myself reading this book with my Bible open next to it. Some of the information regarding the Hebrew Bible was interesting. I think that it is enlightening in the way that I am seeing the Bible from another perspective. I find that this book has caused me to dig into the scriptures to find the truth, which is not presented in this book. I would not recommend this book in most instances.
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Be aware that Davis is writing from the perspective that the Bible is a book full of myths. He likens a lot of the Genesis stories to myths and legends from other cultures, but does not entertain the idea that maybe many other cultures have legends about a worldwide flood, etc, because it actually happened. And he brings up two accounts of creation like this is some huge controversy. I had to look hard to even see what he was talking about. What he is referring to is clearly an overview of creation, then more detail as we get into the nitty gritty. The good thing is that it is causing me to continually reach for my Bible to dig deeper and find out firsthand what It has to say.
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We ahve enjoyed using this book in our studies.
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Unfortunately, Kenneth Davis has a very low view of Scripture. His low view of inspiration then leads to endless speculation and the fallacies of the "higher criticism" movement which came out of Germany in the 19th century.

The book is engagingly written, and offers a good insight here and there. But in terms of helping anyone actually understand the Bible as the Word of God - this book simply does not do the job.

In the end, this book will undermine one's faith and confidence in the Bible.