I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible

Michael-HeiserThe Bible is filled with passages that are so baffling we tend to ignore them. Dr. Michael S. Heiser suggests that the passages that seem weird might be the most important. In his book, I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible, Dr. Heiser visits some of the Bible’s most obscure passages and uses ancient context to illuminate truth for today. With articles like “Why Circumcision?,” “Is My Bible Right?,” and “When Giants Walked the Earth,” Dr. Heiser combines a believer’s curiosity with a scholar’s critical analysis.

Check out this passage from “The Most Horrific Bible Story”:

‘In those days, there was no king in Israel.’ This line, repeated throughout Judges, frames the horrific tale of the Levite and his concubine. The grim details of this story showcase the anarchy and spiritual decay of the period, but this story is not just a cheap thriller.

When reading this story, our attention fixates on the grim details of murder, rape, war, and abduction. But there are crucial, less repugnant elements—tribal affiliations and the locations of events. The story was designed to prompt readers into favoring kingship—the people needed a Messiah, a savior.

The book of Judges does not name its author; it was likely written after the time of David. All of these elements add up to not only a rationale for kingship—but a polemic for the superiority of a king from Judah (David), not Benjamin (Saul) or Ephraim.

Dr. Heiser goes on to say, “The appalling nature of this story provides an appropriate context for God’s plan of redemption. It sets the worst of human nature against the need for divine rule.” Without proper context, we would completely miss the significance of powerful Old Testament accounts. In this brief, easily digestible article, Heiser provides the context we need to connect the dots from Judges to Jesus.

The Bible isn’t boring. Sometimes, though, we make it that way. Thousands of years have passed since the words were fresh, but they aren’t dead. The Bible is living, active, and relevant (Hebrews 4:12). With I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible, context brings Scripture to life in your Bible study, and Dr. Heiser shows you that the Word of God is far from boring.

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Comments

  1. Floyd Knight says

    I hope the content and lessons will be linked to pedagogical resources like (1) HOW TO READ THE BIBLE FOR ALL ITS WORTH, (2) A TIME TRAVEL TO THE WORLD OF JESUS, (3) THE LEXHAM BIBLE DICTIONARY, and (4) COMMENTARY ON THE NEW TESTAMENT USE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT for examples. Adding links to pedagogical resources and an appendix for helping the laity to organize their individual hermeneutical journeys to more meaningful Bible study (and greater intimacy with the God revealed within, through and BEYOND the text of the Bible) would be a great addition. I hope Logos isn't too far along in its production to make such changes. These additions would make it easier for pastors to use I DARE YOU NOT TO BORE ME WITH THE BIBLE as an introductory text for an introductory, adult Bible Study course and invitation for the laity to take up serious Bible study beyond the Sunday School quarterly and devotional readings.

  2. says

    After looking a few days on the dilemma of how and when the human race was born, I gave birth to these hypotheses, thanks also to the differences found in Genesis between two stories that seem different, namely the creation of man on the sixth day and then the telling of the story about Adam and Eve. If we read the part of the genesis which explains the creation of man on the sixth day, and then the creation of Adam and Eve, you may notice a detail that differs between the two parts, suggesting that they are two completely different stories. In fact, in Genesis 1:26, we can see that man was created on the sixth day in the image and likeness of God, as in Genesis 5:1 (referring to Adam and Eve) text omits "image", the fact that "image" and "likeness" indicate two similar concepts but different. I think "image" means human nature able to conceive the evil, so the suffering too; instead "likeness" denotes the inherited attributes of God as love, reason, etc. they are both still together. Hypothetically speaking, the man of the sixth day is a creature evolved from monkeys or some other thing, then over time, has developed the reason as we know it today, while Adam and Eve were created in the Garden of Eden, namely in a perfect reality, in which there was no concept of evil, so they were only a "likeness" of God. After that they were created, were expelled from Eden, only to find themselves in this situation, where perhaps, the man who was created in the image and likeness did not exist more because of a mass extinction caused by some natural catastrophe or by "something else"; or perhaps still he existed, and the descendants of Adam and Eve hybridized this species, confirmed in Genesis 6:1,2,3,4, in which he says that the sons of God (which could be the long-lived tall "giants" of Genesis 6:4) married the daughters of men (but may also be refers to the descendants of Cain, who turned away from God). The spirit of God will not dwell forever with the man because he also is flesh, living up to 120 years (mean that men of God who lived up to 900 years later live up to 120 years because of the fact that hybridizing with the daughters of men they are "contaminated" at the genetic level, partially losing genes that enabled him to live a lot longer).

    According to the Bible, Adam and Eve were the first humans created by God, who lived approximately 6,000 years ago. According to the science, humans existed a long time before. The two lines of thought can be easily united, thanks to the omnipotence of God, who in the beginning created humans in a reality where there was no concept of "evil". Metaphorically speaking, Adam and Eve were expelled from this heavenly reality, find himself in another reality, namely in today's reality that we all know, where there is the concept of evil, as well as that of the well; not necessarily a reality where they were the first humans, but the first who experienced firsthand the life God had reserved for them (so they were the first humans in the "perfect" reality). From here it is clear that the story of Adam and Eve does not upset in the least bit the evolutionary linearity, and the seven days of creation relate to a creation took place in the reality of Adam and Eve, where everything was possible, even just create the stars, animals and everything else, without the scientific method and the time needed to have their share. In practice, they were the first men of God; whereas prehistoric man lived before Adam and Eve was a man, but it could be considered as an animal evolved from apes or created by something else, which had two arms and two legs, and that may have hybridized with the descendants of Adam And Eve after they were "moved away" from the "perfect reality". God has endowed man about the concept of "infinity" and "eternity", as well as other questions can not be explained through the use of the scientific method, thus making humans free to believe in God or not, in a reality for us tricky and necessary for the construction and continuation of his project.

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