Monday, September 12, 2011

Has God Spoken? by Hank Hanegraaff

Is the Bible really the word of God? Or is it just a book of interesting stories and poetry?  Hank Hanegraaff, the Bible Answer Man of radio, is the author of this very thorough book purporting to prove that the Bible is divinely inspired and historically correct. The full title is Has God Spoken? Proof of the Bible's Divine Inspiration.

Hanegraaff sets out to prove that the Bible is God's message to everyone and that it is a true account of God's interaction with his people. He also intends to discount the Bible's critics, some of whom are noted professors.

He uses a number of anagrams to help readers remember his main points. The basic outline of the book is as follows:
  • M represents the strength of the manuscript itself as many actual fragments have been located (accuracy of the text).
  • A stands for the archaeological proofs that have been uncovered (historical accuracy).
  • P is for the prophecy that has accurately predicted events.
  • S represents the scriptural synergy found in the unity, consistency, and harmony of the sixty-six books.
In thorough and well-documented fashion, Hanegraaff organizes each main point with a new anagram as outline for the supporting chapters. The anagrams would be more useful if you took the time to memorize all of them before you start. I have to admit that I had trouble reading very much at a time. I think the book must be thoroughly studied rather than read straight through as I was trying to do.

Hanegraaff's critics point out that he has no seminary training, yet he certainly knows his Bible. His writing style is engaging, and he provides plentiful documentation in the end notes. I would recommend the book to anyone wanting to learn more about the Bible and its origins.

Check it out on where you can see the table of contents.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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