The Most Misused Stories in the Bible: Surprising Ways Popular Bible Stories Are Misunderstood

The Most Misused Stories in the Bible: Surprising Ways Popular Bible Stories Are Misunderstood

by Eric J. Bargerhuff


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Are You Sure You Know What Your Favorite Bible Stories Mean?

A surprising number of popular Bible stories are commonly misused or misunderstood, even by well-intentioned Christians. In this concise yet thorough book, Eric J. Bargerhuff helps you fully understand the meaning of David and Goliath, Jonah and the Big Fish, the Woman Caught in Adultery, and other well-known Bible stories.

Providing fascinating historical and scriptural insights, Bargerhuff helps you sort through modern-day distortions of fourteen well-known Bible stories and grasp their original meaning and purpose for us today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764219139
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Eric J. Bargerhuff, PhD, teaches in the Bible and Theology department and directs the Honors Program at Trinity College of Florida. Author of the acclaimed book The Most Misused Verses in the Bible, he served in pastoral ministry for more than twenty years. Eric received his doctorate in biblical and systematic theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a member of the Center for Pastor Theologians (CPT) and the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). Eric and his family live in Trinity, Florida.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 David and Goliath 15

2 Gideon and His Fleece 22

3 Cain and Abel 30

4 Jonah and the Big Fish 40

5 The Woman Caught in Adultery 56

6 Jesus Could Not Do Miracles in His Hometown 62

7 Zacchaeus 73

8 Sowing Your Seed 83

9 The "Three" Wise Men 93

10 The Betrayal of a Disciple: Judas 104

11 The Samaritan Pentecost 114

12 The Rich Fool 125

13 "This Is My Body" 134

14 Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit 144

Conclusion: Handle With Care-Using Scripture Appropriately 153

Acknowledgments 161

Notes 163

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The Most Misused Stories in the Bible: Surprising Ways Popular Bible Stories Are Misunderstood 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Small but great read. I can’t wait to read can’t wait to read other writings by Eric.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
The title The Most Misused Stories in the Bible immediately catches the reader’s attention. If you grew up in the church, then you’ll be familiar with all of the stories the author talks about. Dr. Bargerhuff’s solid Biblical teaching is shown throughout by breaking down how many interpret the stories and what the Bible is actually telling us through studying the Scriptures. I don’t always like to read these type of books because they can be over wordy and give one a headache just trying to figure out what the author is trying to convey to the reader. That is not the case with this book. Dr. Bargerhuff writes in a clear and easy to understand way for the modern day reader. The chapters are super short, each one focusing on a different story, that can easily be used as a devotional. If you are a Christian who wants to grow closer to Christ, new believer, or just thinking about God, then this is for you. This can be done as a group Bible study or on your own, either is fine. Either way, the goal is to encourage to grow in your understanding of God and the Bible. Highly recommended! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of THE MOST MISUSED STORIES IN THE BIBLE: SUPRISING WAYS POPULAR BIBLE STORIES ARE MISUNDERSTOOD by Eric J. Bargerhuff from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was excited to get this in the mail. Many of my friends quote Bible stories, especially on Facebook. Now I could see if they were right! I sat right down to read this, expecting to get through a chapter or two, but I flew through it in a night. The writing flows and the content is captivating. This is unlike other “Bible” books I’ve read. Usually they are analyzing the stories, trying to fit them into your life and your life into them. This one explains the stories in a non-controversial way. Eric Bagerhuff analyzes the stories for what they are. He doesn’t read into them. In my personal opinion, this book is appropriate for any denomination. It will help clear up many misunderstandings you might encounter. I’d like to point out that the way he writes is enjoyable. This book isn’t dry at all. This is a great addition to libraries both at home and in Christian classes. This is an excellent gift for those in your life who love learning more about the Bible.
Babybums More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. Not only did it provide a good insight but it helped me to grasp the meaning and purpose of some very important bible stories in today’s world. One of my favorite points in the book is that in today’s world we tend to justify our sin. We tend to rationalize doing wrong by saying “I’m only human.” This book is fascinating, concise, and yet filled with scriptural insights that helped me to apply God’s word to my life. I would definitely recommend!
GCWineholt More than 1 year ago
THE MOST MISUSED STORIES IN THE BIBLE Surprising Ways Popular Bible Stories Are Misunderstood By Eric J. Bargerhuff The author take 14 stories from the Bible and shows how sometimes these stories are misinterpreted, he give an interpretation that he feels is the right one. His version is a common-sense interpretation not one that is being used to get a view point across. Eric feels that God has a meaning for the story and offers, what he thinks is the meaning is. He covers stories of David and Goliath, Zacchaeus among others. Areas that the author touch upon are, the context of the story, understanding the meaning, not to read modern day biases into the story, reading into the stories at is not there and other things that cause misunderstanding. I want to share a quote from the back of the book; “Filled with fascinating historical and spiritual insights, this concise yet thorough book will help you learn how to read and apply all of God’s Word more faithfully.” I like and think we need books like this to help protect us from some of the false teachers and their confusing methods. I received this book free from Bethany House Blogger Review 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
Natonito More than 1 year ago
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House Books. All thoughts and opinions are my own.] In many cases, misuse is in the eye of the beholder. So it is with this book. There are many stories that are greatly misused in the Bible, and many of the stories I think of as characteristically being misused in the discussions I have with other believers are not even discussed here. So, I thought it worthwhile here to discuss some of the flagrantly misused stories of the Bible that are not included here: the stories of the healing Jesus Christ did on the Sabbath used erroneously in support of anti-Sabbath false theology, the use of Philemon to justify American slavery in the antebellum period, the misuse of Acts 10 in opposition to biblical laws on clean and unclean meats, the misuse of the story of John on Patmos in support of an erroneous view on the Lord's day, and so on. All of these misuses, and others, I have written about elsewhere [1]. So, in the interests of accuracy and truth-telling, this book ought to have been called Some Of The Misused Stories of the Bible, because it is not a complete list by any means. It is not just to review the book we would have preferred to have read or written, but rather the book that actually was written, and it is to that task which I will now turn. A few aspects of this book stand out in particular. For one, the stories chosen are familiar: Gideon's fleece, David and Goliath, Cain and Abel, Jonah and the big fish, the woman caught in adultery, Jesus' inability to do miracles in his hometown, Zacchaeus, sowing our seed, the wise men, Judas, the Samaritan "Pentecost," the rich fool, the use of symbolic language to justify transubstantiation, and what it means to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. For another, in many ways, the author shows himself to be writing a polemical book, which manifests itself in at least two ways. First, the author uses many of these stories in a way that directly criticizes the religious practices of others. This is most in evidence when he criticizes Catholics for transubstantiation, a criticism I would echo, and when he comments on the way Gideon's fleece has been used to justify those whose lack of faith is not unlike that of Gideon himself in the story. Second, the author frequently gives praise to authors like Piper and MacArthur who wear their polemical Calvinism on their sleeve. As I comment quite frequently, this is not a viewpoint I greatly enjoy reading when engaged in polemics. So, is this work a worthwhile one to read? For the most part, yes. As this book reminds us, the essential truths of passages can be blurred and our attention can be guided amiss by the way stories are told and the details, sometimes false, that are added in the retelling or those details in the Bible that are missed. A classic example of this is the story of the magi from the east, whose number is not given in scripture (although there were three gifts) and the timing of whose visit must be determined through careful reading that shows it was after Jesus Christ was presented in the temple and the family had moved from its manger to a house in town. So, despite the fact that I find the perspective of the author occasionally irksome, and find the author very selective and not at all complete when it comes to stories of the Bible that are misused on a regular basis by professed Christians, perhaps even by the author himself in his other polemical work, this is a wor