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Do you really believe what the Bible says?

This is the opening question for Dr. Michael S. Heiser’s new book, “Supernatural: What the Bible Teaches about the Unseen World And Why It Matters.” His book is dedicated to discussing the strange, and often troublesome, passages of the supernatural that most pastors ignore in their preaching. Examples include:

  • God takes counsel with heavenly beings on who will deceive the king Ahab (1 Kings 22:19–23).
  • God keeping fallen angels in chains (Jude 1:6).
  • Jesus proclaiming the good news to imprisoned spirits (1 Peter 3:18).
  • “God presides in the heavenly council; in the assembly of the gods he gives his decision.” (Psalm 82:1)

If you are fascinated by the supernatural, but confused by what passages like this mean, then Dr. Heiser’s book is for you. But, this is more than just a novelty book, as Heiser asserts,

[T]he truths presented in this book have everything to do with our understanding of who God is, and how we relate to him, and what our purpose is on earth (pg. 23).

To that end, Heiser ends each chapter with a series of practical applications for these difficult passages.

This is not to say the book is without some controversy. For example, regarding the Creation account where God proclaims, “let us make man in our image (Gen. 1:26),”  Heiser concludes the “us” in this passage is not the “Trinity” as many Christians conclude, but God’s heavenly council. Heiser writes,

Supernatural-SocialShare-612x612-2His heavenly host—his council. He’s not talking to the other members of the Trinity, because God can’t know something they don’t (pg. 23)!

What Heiser writes is in line with what most early commentators from Philo on taught, but diverges from what many contemporary scholars and pastors teach.

Given the breadth of content Heiser covers in Supernatural, it is worth reading. It is easy to digest and most Christians will find it helpful in addressing some of the most difficult passages.

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Review Disclaimer

Dr. Miller was a former Logos Employee from 2010 through 2011. He was provided a free copy of the product for review purposes. Dr. Miller is also a published author with Logos Bible Software.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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