The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible

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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.

Endorsements

"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

"This is a 'big' book in the best sense of the term. It is big in its scope and in its depth of analysis. Michael Heiser is a scholar who knows Scripture intimately in its ancient cultural context. All--scholars, clergy, and laypeople--who read this profound and accessible book will grow in their understanding of both the Old and New Testaments, particularly as their eyes are opened to the Bible's 'unseen world.'"

--Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College

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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 drmsh.com.

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Lexham Press
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Sep 1, 2015
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781577995579
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English
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Religion / Biblical Studies / General
Religion / Christian Theology / General
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Part One: Old Testament
The Ancient's Guide to the Galaxy

Walk Like an Israelite

Even the Bible Needed Upgrading

Spellchecking the Bible

Why Circumcision?

The Abandoned Child and the Basket Case

A Tale of Courage We Never Teach

Counting the Ten Commandments

Is There Really a Sin Offering?

There's a Devil in the Details

Love Potion: Numbers 5

Is My Bible Right?

The Most Horrific Bible Story

Righting a Wrong

When Giants Walked the Earth

The Divine Arrow

Promise Undelivered?

Sanctified Dirt

1003 BC Census: Who Authorized It-God or Satan?

Cookin' the Books

Slaying the Sea Monster

Does God Need a Co-Signer?

The Witness in the Clouds

Who Wrote the Book of Proverbs?

Immanuel's Mother: Virgin or Not?

Standing in the Council

Jeremiah: Double Vision?

Why the Ark of the Covenant Will Never Be Found

He, Him, Me, Myself, and I

Bizarre Visions for the Worst of Times

Do the Dead Sea Scrolls Answer the Canon Question?

Part Two: New Testament

Burying Hell

My Guardian Angel

The New Testament Misquotes the Old Testament?

"I Saw Satan Fall like Lightning": When?

The Healing Serpent

Who Took Verse 4 out of My Bible?

What Walking on Water Really Means

Born Again ... and Again and Again?

Dumbledore Meets Philip & Peter

Paul's Lost Letters

Destiny & Destination

A Female Apostle

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered-to Satan?

Treason & Translation

Charlton Heston Had Company

When Abraham Met Jesus

How Many Times Is Jesus Coming Back?

What's Jesus Waiting For?

God's Right-Hand Woman? Wisdom in Hebrews

Baptism as Spiritual Warfare

Jesus Is God: Jude and Peter Tell Me So

When Angels Do Time

Tough Love

Jesus, God, a.k.a., The Name

666: What Theories Add Up?

Perspective Changes Everything

Constantine, Conspiracy, and the Canon

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