Unsettled Christianity

Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
November 2nd, 2015 by Joel Watts

in the mail from @LexhamPress, “Supernatural: What the Bible teaches about the unseen world and why it matters”


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The newest work from Dr. Michael Heiser is out.

Dr. Michael S. Heiser, a Scholar-in-Residence at Faithlife Corporation, presents fifteen 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 reading 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.

The Unseen Realm is a fantastic book aimed at helping modern bible readers discover the ancient cosmology contained in Scripture. It doesn’t necessarily make an argument that this world exists — from a scientific view — but does shed some light on how the ancient writers understood the world around them.

And, frankly, it is more interesting than how we see it now.

For those who want Supernatural on Logos, go here.

You can find the Supernatural Facebook group here:

 

 

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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