We are living in a time when many do not value the Bible. Evans has written this book to remind us of the Bible's importance and introduce it to a generation biblically illiterate.
He begins the book with basic information about the Bible. Next is an exploration of what the Bible is all about. He ends with a section addressing questions about the Bible. Topics covered include how to determine what the Bible says (genres and interpretation), the reliability of the manuscripts, historical evidence for the accuracy of the Bible, important questions about life the Bible answers, and what the Bible says to us today.
I really appreciate Evans' comments on the Old Testament. Critics often see it as full of rules, judgment and violence. Evans points out the promises and blessings that are often overlooked. I liked how he kept reminding us what the Bible says to us today, warning us what happens when we ignore it. He does a wonderful job of explaining who Jesus is and what He did, providing reasons to believe in His resurrection. His introduction to biblical interpretation is superb. There is also a list of books for those who would like to study further the topics covered.
I recommend this book to brand new Christians, Christians who have forgotten the importance of the Bible, and to people who don't know much about the Bible at all. The information Evans has provided helps us understand why the Bible has been the all time best selling book and why it is the guiding light of so many people.
Craig A. Evans is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College and Acadia University. He previously taught for twenty-one years at Trinity Western University. He received doctorate degrees from Claremont Graduate University and Karoli Gaspar Reformatus University in Budapest. He has published more than five hundred scholarly books, articles and reviews. He and his wife live in Kentville, Nova Scotia, have two grown daughters and a grandson. Find out more at http://www.craigaevans.com/.
Worthy Publishing, 272 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.