Dr. Michael Heiser’s newest book, Supernatural, was released last week and the reviews are flowing in. People are raving about the astounding insights and the accessibility of the writing. Supernatural is a book that will challenge the way you think about the Bible and has deep implications on our faith, today. Want to catch up on all the reviews and comments? Everything has been curated in this Storify.
A biblical perspective
The overlooked and often difficult passages Dr. Heiser addresses in the Supernatural are brought to light by his focus on the ancient perspective of the biblical writers. Many of the reviewers praised his ability to engage critically with the text to help us remove 2,000 years of filters off our interpretive lenses.
Brian LePort commends Heiser for his ability to critically address Scripture:
I know quite a few Christians who claim to believe ‘everything’ in the Bible, but this usually means they haven’t reflected on that claim or that they’ve chosen the more sanitized interpretation of problematic passages, even when the sanitized interpretation doesn’t make as much sense of the text. Heiser doesn’t seem fazed by passages that may make strange claims when read critically.
On Unsettled Christianity, Joel Watts was also impressed by the biblical insights Heiser reveals:
What Heiser is doing is interesting, in my opinion, both as a scholar and a theologian. He is bringing to light Scripture nearly hidden since the Reformation. He has divorced himself from the usual talk of Catholic v. Protestantism and instead spoken plainly about often overlooked portions of Scripture. It is refreshing, to be clear. It is well within Christian tradition. And it is, for a lack of a better term, extremely biblical.
Challenge your own perspective
Not only does Dr. Heiser reveal the supernatural worldview of the Bible, he pushes us to rethink our own modern perspective. The clarity of the material and the focus on practical application helps us consider how our faith is impacted by a fuller understanding of the supernatural realm.
Josh Weidmann had the chance to interview Dr. Heiser and came away extremely impressed with the material:
Frankly I think Dr. Heiser has done something amazing here that most of us could not do—he took something scholarly, theologically deep, and hard to understand and made it applicable, accessible, and engaging.
After reading Supernatural, Jeff Randleman was similarly impacted:
Supernatural gave me some insights and ideas that I have been wrestling with since I read the book, and I’m not certain about the conclusions I may reach. This book has really caused me to think, more so than anything I have read in a long while.
When you’re looking into buying Supernatural, remember Matthew Winbow’s advice:
— Matthew J. Winbow ن (@mjwinbow) November 12, 2015