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In this six-session video study (video streaming code included) bestselling author Dan Kimball guides you step-by-step through making sense of the most misunderstood, difficult, and disturbing Bible passages. This study guide has everything you need for a full Bible study experience, including: The study guide itself—with discussion and reflection questions, video notes, and In this six-session video study (video streaming code included) bestselling author Dan Kimball guides you step-by-step through making sense of the most misunderstood, difficult, and disturbing Bible passages. This study guide has everything you need for a full Bible study experience, including: The study guide itself—with discussion and reflection questions, video notes, and a leader's guide. An individual access code to stream all six video sessions online (you don't need to buy a DVD!). For centuries, the Bible was called "the Good Book," a moral and religious text that guides us into a relationship with God and shows us the right way to live. Today, however, some people argue the Bible is outdated and harmful, with many Christians unaware of some of the odd and disturbing things the Bible says or how to understand them. Whether you're a Christian, a doubter, or someone exploring the Bible for the first time, Dan Kimball is your guide to understanding and contextualizing passages in Scripture that seem backward on topics related to women, science, violence, slavery, and world religions. Filled with stories, visual illustrations, and memes reflecting popular cultural objections, How (Not) to Read the Bible is a lifeline for individuals who are confused or discouraged with questions about the Bible. Sessions include: Never Read a Bible Verse Stranger Things Boys' Club Christianity Jesus Riding a Dinosaur My God Can Beat Up Your God Rated NC-17 This study can be done in youth groups, single's groups, small groups, Sunday classes, and by individuals. *Access code subject to expiration after 12/31/2026. Code may be redeemed only by the recipient of this package. Code may not be transferred or sold separately from this package. Internet connection required. Eligible only on retail purchases inside the United States. Void where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law. Additional offer details inside.


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In this six-session video study (video streaming code included) bestselling author Dan Kimball guides you step-by-step through making sense of the most misunderstood, difficult, and disturbing Bible passages. This study guide has everything you need for a full Bible study experience, including: The study guide itself—with discussion and reflection questions, video notes, and In this six-session video study (video streaming code included) bestselling author Dan Kimball guides you step-by-step through making sense of the most misunderstood, difficult, and disturbing Bible passages. This study guide has everything you need for a full Bible study experience, including: The study guide itself—with discussion and reflection questions, video notes, and a leader's guide. An individual access code to stream all six video sessions online (you don't need to buy a DVD!). For centuries, the Bible was called "the Good Book," a moral and religious text that guides us into a relationship with God and shows us the right way to live. Today, however, some people argue the Bible is outdated and harmful, with many Christians unaware of some of the odd and disturbing things the Bible says or how to understand them. Whether you're a Christian, a doubter, or someone exploring the Bible for the first time, Dan Kimball is your guide to understanding and contextualizing passages in Scripture that seem backward on topics related to women, science, violence, slavery, and world religions. Filled with stories, visual illustrations, and memes reflecting popular cultural objections, How (Not) to Read the Bible is a lifeline for individuals who are confused or discouraged with questions about the Bible. Sessions include: Never Read a Bible Verse Stranger Things Boys' Club Christianity Jesus Riding a Dinosaur My God Can Beat Up Your God Rated NC-17 This study can be done in youth groups, single's groups, small groups, Sunday classes, and by individuals. *Access code subject to expiration after 12/31/2026. Code may be redeemed only by the recipient of this package. Code may not be transferred or sold separately from this package. Internet connection required. Eligible only on retail purchases inside the United States. Void where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law. Additional offer details inside.

30 review for How (Not) to Read the Bible Study Guide plus Streaming Video: Making Sense of the Anti-women, Anti-science, Pro-violence, Pro-slavery and Other Crazy Sounding Parts of Scripture

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Maners

    A great entry-level start at tackling questions that deserve lengthy answers. As the title suggests, it teaches the reader how to approach the parts of scripture that surprise us, rather than chasing down every answer to each concern one may have.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    This book gave an honest, heartfelt overview of several passages of scripture that, at the surface, seem cringeworthy and wrong. The author is honest on the points where there is no clear answer, but offers good tools to read the Bible and help understand better. The author obviously cares deeply for people and believes that the Bible is true and wants to help guide his readers to a better understanding and ultimately a relationship with Jesus.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie Book Rodriguez

    This took me a bit to read but it is soooo so good. He really honestly confronts hard questions & bible verses that people cherry pick that truly do sound horrible. Half the stuff he talked about I was like “I didn’t even know that was in there!” He unpacks context & provides very reasonable explanations & shows multiple sides of different debates. I learned some very practical ways of how TO read the Bible that I’ll use for the rest of my life!! It was so encouraging & well researched & I feel This took me a bit to read but it is soooo so good. He really honestly confronts hard questions & bible verses that people cherry pick that truly do sound horrible. Half the stuff he talked about I was like “I didn’t even know that was in there!” He unpacks context & provides very reasonable explanations & shows multiple sides of different debates. I learned some very practical ways of how TO read the Bible that I’ll use for the rest of my life!! It was so encouraging & well researched & I feel so much more confident in these questions & equipped to talk about them!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie Pickering-Campbell

    I appreciate Dan Kimball's attempt to explain many of the troubling verses in the Bible, and he does give some insight into some of those tricky passages. One issue I have with the book is that in the end when talking about the texts of terror, Kimball's final bullet point is this, "Ultimately we have to trust God and what we know of him as abundantly loving... So if violence was used, God knows why even though we may not be able to comprehend the reason." So we've read an entire book trying to I appreciate Dan Kimball's attempt to explain many of the troubling verses in the Bible, and he does give some insight into some of those tricky passages. One issue I have with the book is that in the end when talking about the texts of terror, Kimball's final bullet point is this, "Ultimately we have to trust God and what we know of him as abundantly loving... So if violence was used, God knows why even though we may not be able to comprehend the reason." So we've read an entire book trying to explain why some of them more disturbing Bible passages actually make sense in the cultural context of the time when the Bible was written, and then we end with the old faithful Christian statement that if we don't understand then God does. I find this answer frustrating.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nettie

    Very solid book. Author goes through MANY of the misconcieved verses/passages of the Bible and explains how they way they are usually portrayed (as being a "crazy book" full of weird fairy tale stuff, women oppression, and horrific morbid stories) and explains the correct view on these verses and/or explains how to properly interpret these verses through a critically thinking lens. Very interesting stuff. The only reason I did not give it all 5 stars is because although the author starts out *very Very solid book. Author goes through MANY of the misconcieved verses/passages of the Bible and explains how they way they are usually portrayed (as being a "crazy book" full of weird fairy tale stuff, women oppression, and horrific morbid stories) and explains the correct view on these verses and/or explains how to properly interpret these verses through a critically thinking lens. Very interesting stuff. The only reason I did not give it all 5 stars is because although the author starts out *very strong*, leading with some "controversial" topics in the Bible and stating the obvious truth/misconcieved interpretation of them, towards the end of the book he somewhat looses his footing on the more actually controversial topics. For instance, he discusses women speaking in the church and the common verses people take out of context from Paul writing to specific churches in the first century. He explains that of course Paul could not literally mean all women everywhere can't speak at all in the church because of a whole host of reasons (such as female leaders and prophets and pastors that Paul himself commends and honors), but when it cane to the topic of women in leadership positions in the church today, the author shied away, saying there were good christians on both sides, which seems contradictory to what he has been saying that entire chapter. Other than somewhat loosing his footing a few times like that, it was a very solid book on How (Not) to Read the Bible.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Derek Kreider

    Overall the book covers a lot of different views on various topics. I thought it was a good introductory work, but would personally prefer focusing on individual topics more deeply. There were two portions of this book that made me consider giving two starts. First, the discussion on slavery seems disingenuous because it avoids the difficult slavery passages and assumed a slavery lite (I.e. Limited Hebrew indentured servitude). The last part of the book, though, was the worst. The discussion on Overall the book covers a lot of different views on various topics. I thought it was a good introductory work, but would personally prefer focusing on individual topics more deeply. There were two portions of this book that made me consider giving two starts. First, the discussion on slavery seems disingenuous because it avoids the difficult slavery passages and assumed a slavery lite (I.e. Limited Hebrew indentured servitude). The last part of the book, though, was the worst. The discussion on violence made me cringe. Killing a group of people who live in a region and have a particular ethnicity isn't genocide, and it's justified because God wanted that land. Sounds like the same rationale European conquerors used. That being said, the rest of the book was worthwhile if you're just starting to get into this kind of stuff.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cody Scott

    I received this book a part of a give away and read it solo rather than in a group study session. With that being said, the book itself is well written and asks very key and difficult questions. If there is a believer who wants to learn ow to tackle these difficult questions of bigotry and anti-science aspects of the bible, this is a great start. And although he handles most difficult questions and directs the reader towards the uncomfortable pieces in the bible, I am left wanting. The author us I received this book a part of a give away and read it solo rather than in a group study session. With that being said, the book itself is well written and asks very key and difficult questions. If there is a believer who wants to learn ow to tackle these difficult questions of bigotry and anti-science aspects of the bible, this is a great start. And although he handles most difficult questions and directs the reader towards the uncomfortable pieces in the bible, I am left wanting. The author uses biblical text to show the reader the big questions in the bible but very rarely uses biblical text to point the reader to the answer. This could be by design but I wish there was more direction. That being said, the questions and framing of the thought process was satisfying.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Casarah Nance

    The main ideas of this book; never read just a Bible verse, but the whole content of it; and language and culture has changed so it is important to look at orgins of words and interpretations. This book felt like reading a school book. It was time consuming, thought provoking and educational. There was no skimming through chapters or sentences because even when ideas seemed to reiterate a new perspective was tacked on to the point. I feel like this would be helpful to all ranges of experience wit The main ideas of this book; never read just a Bible verse, but the whole content of it; and language and culture has changed so it is important to look at orgins of words and interpretations. This book felt like reading a school book. It was time consuming, thought provoking and educational. There was no skimming through chapters or sentences because even when ideas seemed to reiterate a new perspective was tacked on to the point. I feel like this would be helpful to all ranges of experience with Christianity and it was worth the read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    Clear and succinct without giving undue breadth. It is simultaneously a useful tool for apologetics and hermeneutical study. As a literacy teacher, I highly appreciated the breadth and depth of coverage in exploring the context of specific verses. I did want to know more about other problematic verses, but the point of reading is to not take those verses in isolation but to explore context, literary features, and other paralinguistic cues that form such important components of reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marco

    If you've ever wondered about the difficult passages of Scripture that made you rethink the character of God, this book is for you! Dan Kimball does a great job of taking the most difficult parts of Scripture and making sense of them all. On top of that, Kimball shows you how to properly read the Bible and why how you read the Bible is just as important as what's in the Bible! If you've ever wondered about the difficult passages of Scripture that made you rethink the character of God, this book is for you! Dan Kimball does a great job of taking the most difficult parts of Scripture and making sense of them all. On top of that, Kimball shows you how to properly read the Bible and why how you read the Bible is just as important as what's in the Bible!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Lucas

    Great book about tough topics the Bible addresses. Dan does a great job reminding us about context, truth, and multiple views. Great book to use in discussion. I'd recommend reading it with someone! Great book about tough topics the Bible addresses. Dan does a great job reminding us about context, truth, and multiple views. Great book to use in discussion. I'd recommend reading it with someone!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cassaronda

    Love. Love. Love. Perfect explanation for those difficult biblical stories. New insight.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Boyter

    Not for me. Very slow

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maximum

    This was really interesting. There was a lot of repetition and I'm not sure if I completely stand behind everything he says. But I left this book feeling more equipped to look more deeply into the Bible and answer difficult questions me or someone else has. This was really interesting. There was a lot of repetition and I'm not sure if I completely stand behind everything he says. But I left this book feeling more equipped to look more deeply into the Bible and answer difficult questions me or someone else has.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Luke Kimery

    This book is awesome. Kimball paves a way toward an understanding of some of the more difficult topics found in the Bible. The book is really easy to read and it still offers a lot of thought-provoking material. I can't give this book enough praise! This book is awesome. Kimball paves a way toward an understanding of some of the more difficult topics found in the Bible. The book is really easy to read and it still offers a lot of thought-provoking material. I can't give this book enough praise!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julia Kline

  17. 4 out of 5

    Peter Hinkins

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  19. 4 out of 5

    kristin ebersole

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  21. 4 out of 5

    Don MacLeod

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Davis

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mersadies Clay

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily Koder

  25. 5 out of 5

    Terry

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Brown

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Zweifel

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brook James

  29. 4 out of 5

    Savannah Rozga

  30. 5 out of 5

    Richard Smith

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