Looking At The Bible As Is, Not as It Is Interpreted
By Eric J. Bargerhuff
Bethany House, 172 pages, $12.99
One of the problems with any bible study is the number of verses that are interpreted through our society and not a translator. The Most Misused Verses in the Bible looks at some of the most misused statements from the Bible and how they have been mistranslated. Bargerhuff looks at a wide variety of verses, looking at some of Christendom’s most famous verses, showing that you should never take a translation for granted, or assume you can trust its use.
The scholarship behind looking at the verses is impeccable; Bargerhuff gives us a glimpse into a world that we have forgotten, where the language and habits are different than they are today. He uses that to look at each verse in its proper historical context, as well as in the context of how it was presented, rather than how it has been pulled out of that context, making for some interesting reading. He just seems to occasionally get stuck in an analogy, and he is unapologetically religious, which gives some of his explanations an unwanted flavor. As a book that shows us not to make assumptions, this is a book that should be a part of any vital study library.
Reviewed by Jamais Jochim