Unpack More Than 500 Hard Sayings of the Bible [Free Book]

It’s understandable why people can get confused, if not frustrated, with hard sayings of the Bible—a gap of a few thousand years separates the ancient biblical characters and events in the Bible and our lives today, and modern culture and context are dramatically different. This can make interpreting some parts of the Bible . . . tricky.

Unfortunately, many people end up glossing over difficult sayings and concepts until they get to language and context that feels more familiar—and potentially miss out on nuggets of gold.

And that’s exactly why Walter C. Kaiser Jr. says we should grapple with the difficult parts of Scripture. He writes that when we wrestle with Scripture, we “sharpen our attention to the details in all of our Lord’s Word,” and the more intently and patiently we examine the text, “the more handsome the dividends to our spiritual growth.”1

In Hard Sayings of the Bible (free this month), four seasoned scholars—Walter C. Kaiser Jr., F. F. Bruce, Peter H. Davids, and Manfred T. Brauch—explain over 500 of the most troubling verses of the Bible in a way that makes them more approachable, acceptable, and less challenging. They’ll take you behind the scenes to find succinct solutions to a wide variety of Bible difficulties, ranging from discrepancies about numbers to questions about God’s justice.

Here are just a few questions you’ll find solid answers for:

  • Is the creation account in Genesis 1 and 2 poetic, figurative, or historical?
  • Did God favor Abel over Cain in Genesis 4:3–4?
  • Was Hannah right to bargain with God in 1 Samuel 1:11?
  • Was David right to take concubines?
  • Did the pagan King Cyrus believe in the God of Israel?
  • How can a God of love and mercy be categorized as one who hates? (Psa 5:5)
  • Is astrology biblical? (Matt 2:1–2)
  • What does it mean that God has bound all to disobedience? (Rom 11:32)
  • Does Paul really mean women should never teach in 1 Timothy 2:11–12?
  • Who is the “chosen lady” in 2 John 1?
  • What does it mean to have a new heaven and earth in Revelation 21:1?

Don’t miss your chance to get Hard Sayings of the Bible completely free this month. Plus, you can add on 9 more resources for less than $50! (Including Hard Sayings of the Bible, that’s almost $230 worth of resources!)

And for just $7.99, you can pre-order Changed into His Likeness: A Biblical Theology of Personal Transformation—35% off.

Get Hard Sayings of the Bible free, plus 9 more resources for less than $50. But hurry—this offer expires at the end of the month.

  1. F. F. Bruce, et al. Hard Sayings of the Bible, “General Introduction” (InterVarsity Press, 1996), 15.
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Karen Engle

Karen Engle is a copy editor for Faithlife. She has a master's in biblical studies and theology from Western Seminary and frequently takes groups to Israel.

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Written by Karen Engle