Is the Bible True? offers a lively, down-to-earth look at the origins and nature of the Bible. Minister David Ord and biblical historian Robert Coote address many of the questions raised when ordinary lay readers come face-to-face with dilemmas posed by modern biblical scholarship.
Part I begins with the question of how the Bible should be read. Is the Bible True? traces the experience of a person who has grown up reading the Bible literally but who, on closer inspection, discovers that "literally" is not nearly literal enough. The study of Scripture that ensues leads to a new approach to reading the Bible and uncovering its meaning for today. Part II asks how the Bible came to be. Who began the writing process, and when? How were the books collected into the form we know now? Exactly what kind of book is the Bible? Part III shows how understanding the history and reality of the Bible can make reading it a more meaningful experience--especially in sorting out the difficult issues that confront us every day.
Is the Bible True? succeeds in showing how a more sophisticated understanding of the scriptures can enhance rather than undermine faith. It is required reading for everyone who reads and studies the Bible.