The Unseen Realm

The Unseen Realm

by Michael S. Dr. Heiser


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The Unseen Realm by Michael S. Dr. Heiser

In The Unseen Realm, Dr. Michael Heiser examines the ancient context of Scripture, explaining how its supernatural worldview can help us grow in our understanding of God. He illuminates intriguing and amazing passages of the Bible that have been hiding in plain sight. You'll find yourself engaged in an enthusiastic pursuit of the truth, resulting in a new appreciation for God's Word.

  • Why wasn't Eve surprised when the serpent spoke to her?
  • How did descendants of the Nephilim survive the flood?
  • Why did Jacob fuse Yahweh and his Angel together in his prayer?
  • Who are the assembly of divine beings that God presides over?
  • In what way do those beings participate in God's decisions?
  • Why do Peter and Jude promote belief in imprisoned spirits?
  • Why does Paul describe evil spirits in terms of geographical rulership?
  • Who are the “glorious ones” that even angels dare not rebuke?
After reading this book, you may never read your Bible the same way again.

“There is a world referred to in the Scripture that is quite unseen, but also quite present and active. Michael Heiser's The Unseen Realm seeks to unmask this world. Heiser shows how important it is to understand this world and appreciate how its contribution helps to make sense of Scripture. The book is clear and well done, treating many ideas and themes that often go unseen themselves. With this book, such themes will no longer be neglected, so read it and discover a new realm for reflection about what Scripture teaches.”
—Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director for Cultural Engagement, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement

“‘How was it possible that I had never seen that before?' Dr. Heiser's survey of the complex reality of the supernatural world as the Scriptures portray it covers a subject that is strangely sidestepped. No one is going to agree with everything in his book, but the subject deserves careful study, and so does this book.”
—John Goldingay, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781577995562
Publisher: Lexham Press
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 67,158
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Heiser is a scholar in the fields of biblical studies and the ancient Near East, and he is a Scholar-in-Residence at Faithlife, the makers of Logos Bible Software. Michael has an MA in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania, and he has an MA in Hebrew Studies and a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published widely in scholarly journals and popular periodicals such as Bible Study Magazine, and he teaches ancient languages online at MEMRA. Learn more about Dr. Heiser and his writings at

Table of Contents

Part 1 First Things

1 Reading Your Bible Again-for the First Time 11

2 Rules of Engagement 14

Part 2 The Households of God

3 Gods Entourage 23

4 God Alone 28

5 As in Heaven, So on Earth 38

6 Gardens and Mountains 44

7 Eden-Like No Place on Earth 49

8 Only God Is Perfect 56

9 Peril and Providence 61

Section Summary 68

Part 3 Divine Transgressions

10 Trouble in Paradise 73

11 Like the Most High? 83

12 Divine Transgression 92

13 The Bad Seed 101

14 Divine Allotment 110

15 Cosmic Geography 116

Section Summary 123

Part 4 Yahweh and His Portion

16 Abraham's Word 127

17 Yahweh Visible and Invisible 134

18 What's in a Name? 141

19 Who Is like Yahweh? 149

20 Retooling the Template 155

21 God's Law, God's Council 163

22 Realm Distinction 171

Section Summary 179

Part 5 Conquest and Failure

23 Giant Problems 183

24 The Place of the Serpent 192

25 Holy War 202

Section Summary 215

Part 6 Thus Says the Lord

26 Mountains and Valleys 221

27 Standing in the Council 232

28 Divine Misdirection 240

29 The Rider of the Clouds 249

30 Prepare to Die 254

Section Summary 262

Part 7 The Kingdom Already

31 Who Will Go for Us? 267

32 Preeminent Domain 276

33 A Beneficial Death 288

34 Infiltration 296

35 Sons of God, Seed of Abraham 307

36 Lower Than the Elohim 314

37 This Means War 322

38 Choosing Sides 335

Section Summary 344

Part 8 The Kingdom Not Yet

39 Final Verdict 349

40 Foe from the North 358

41 The Mount of Assembly 368

42 Describing the Indescribable 376

Epilogue 385

Acknowledgments 388

Subject Index 390

Scripture Index 402

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since the writers of the Bible believed as Michael Heiser suggests, this has great impact on what it means to make Yahweh's kingdom on earth as it is in heaven as a corporate mission. Individually, Atonement carries a meaning now that we can boldly draw near to God honorably, which is the antithesis of what some heavenly hosts did before Noah's time. Missiologically, we pray with a greater understanding of what it means to advance Yahweh's reign into geographic domains ruled by lesser heavenly hosts opposed to willfully following God's rule. Michael logically walks one through a wealth of support and proper handling of the biblical texts in making each step into understanding the cosmos as the writers of the Bible understood them.