Dr. Michael S. Heiser, a scholar-in-residence at Faithlife Corporation, presents 15 years of research on what the Bible really says about the unseen world of the supernatural unfiltered by tradition or by theological presuppositions. People shouldn't be protected from the Bible, Dr. Michael S. Heiser says, but theological systems often do just that, by explaining away difficult or troublesome passages of Scripture because their literal meaning doesn't fit into our tidy systems.
Who were the sons of God? Who were the Nephilim? Where do angels fit into the supernatural hierarchy? Why did God find it necessary to have the Israelites destroy the populations of entire cities man, woman, and child? What relation does Jesus bear to the rest of the supernatural world? Dr. Michael S. Heiser tackles these questions and many more in his books Supernatural and The Unseen Realm.
In both books, Dr. Michael S. Heiser shines a light on the supernatural world, not a new light, but rather the same light the original, ancient readers and writers of Scripture would have seen it in.
After these books, you won't be able to read the Bible in the same way again.
Supernatural, What the Bible Teaches About the Unseen World and Why It Matters presents this approach to reading and understanding scripture for the person in the pew. The Unseen Realm covers the same material but at a deeper, complex, and highly documented way, for pastors, the seminarian, or serious students of the Bible.
©2015 Michael S. Heiser (P)2015 Michael S. Heiser
That might sound strange to some but this 'retake' on biblical interpretation is founded on tonnes, and I mean tonnes, of scholarly research. I love that this book has a simple and yet profound description of the bible from start to finish, from Genesis to Revelation. The narrator does a decent job and has a good tone to his voice , certainly not hard to listen to. 'Supernatural' is a good starting place for those interested in trying to understand Mike's approach and interpretation of the biblical text. My recommendation to you? "Get it in 'ya!'"
"The Bible Aint So Boring Now...."
In terms of making me think different. in the top 3.
Anything by Brian Godawa, because we draws from Hieser's source material for the rules of his stories. If you have not read those stories. Well... To me that's like saying, "I have read The Silmarillion why bother with Lord of the Rings..." Story...
Jesus, from the vantage point of the author, is very calculated and heroic. NO CHEESINESS HERE TRUST ME! Lots of Jesus books are overly preachy this is just hammers a lot of good (unique) points home in a way nobody else has. Seriously. Nobody has ever written about Jesus with this vantage point for at least 2000 years.
When you understand when Jesus calls out Satan and Banias, and fools him into killing him you realize the new testament is the greatest chess game ever played. Jesus outsm,arted the Devil. Dude he was so smart about it too. Just killer.
Just listen to the book. If you hate it you can always return it. However you would be a fool to becasue info like this kind of info only comes around every.... well.. 2000 years apparently. You wont return it. You will sit back and smoke a cigar and think..."God's kind of a bada$$ isn't he?" He is. This book proves it.
"Tough to put down!"
Answered questions I didn't know I had but filled a void created by the traditional heartfelt one liners we get and give walking the believers walk. Its tough to console and be an encourager when it seems evil wins unjustly. I had read the book of Enoch which made the subject material somewhat familiar but wow; what truths were made clear, helpful and specific to the root of evil. Dr Heiser's clarification and cross referencing of Scripture reveals how evil has been and is playing its hopeful hand against God's divine Kingdom family and offers more than the traditional answer of "hang in there, we win in the end". "Why it matters" applies what Scripture says, what God is doing, and summarizes how crucial it is for each believer to realize our place and our part in the Kingdom family of God. Its not even that I didn't know, but I didn't know. Hahaha...I know that didn't make sense. This is an amazing piece of work just in time to rally the saints for Kingdom building because I believe the end is near and evil will try harder and harder. Thank you Dr. Heiser for your work. Thank you Mr. Greenhill for reading. You were easy to listen to and didn't detract from the material. It was a grand experience all around.
enjoyed the book. pleasant narrator. explains allot of things I had questions about. look forward to more of his books.
great book awesome revelations
its kind of a resume of the "unseen realm"
hope many christians we ll have the chance to hear these revelations and learn, i for one i m feeling like i finally found some "real meet"to choo on:):)
Very interesting potentially life changing read! It's a must for all believers in Jesus to consider.
"Intriguing and worth careful consideration"
The author is thorough in his treatment on the subject. the book reads like the author is well acquainted with the subject and has taken the time to consider it as a whole, the big picture as well as the specific passages with which the author deals. It's flavor is as a cohesive whole and not of a proof texted treaty.
"awesome view and perspective"
this book will challenge your concepts of scripture in a positive way and give you a new overall perspective of the bible.
This book is clear and concise. Full of scriptural support, yet not overwhelming. Held my attention. It was almost as if I could hear the narrator get more excited the further into the book he read. Heiser does not disappoint. If you want to know what goes on in the realm we can't see, and why we are here...this is a great read.
"a must read for every believer in Christ"
michael addresses issues most pastors avoid because of lack of clear biblical information. as a believer you got to be informed.
"So greatful that the author listened to our Father"
This is a great book everyone should read. The unseen world is very important and yet people are scared of what they cannot see. You really need to know that side to understand the real circle of life. It will make you a much better person and your faith will be much stronger don't miss out on what you can't see just trust our Father.
"Restoring the Supernatural Narrative of The Bible"
Have you ever wondered why genocide plays such an important role in the Old Testament?
Have you ever wondered why evil spirits are only mentioned in the New Testament once Jesus arrives on the scene?
Have you ever wondered why there are real giants mentioned in the Bible, and what they tried to achieve?
Have you ever had an overview of the entire Bible and our entire planet explained to you in a way that also explains the supernatural realm, and how Christians are called and empowered to deal and interact with it?
Have you ever wondered what the role and destiny of a follower of Jesus is after physical death in this life?
If you would like to know the answers to these and many more questions (that Church teachers would rather avoid answering), then i recommend you read/listen to this book. And if this book leaves you wanting more, you can then graduate onto Michael Heisers more in depth book, that expands on this world view in 'The Unseen Realm'.
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