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Some scholars are not preachers, and some preachers are not scholars. David Anguish successfully fills both roles. He is a preacher-scholar who is also an excellent writer.
As preacher, Anguish understands the need of dedicated people in the pew who long to understand the Bible but aren’t sure how to get there. Like the Ethiopian in Acts 8, they ask, “How can I [understand], unless someone guides me?” Sensing their frustration, he has written with scholarly precision, Getting Acquainted with the Bible: Its Makeup, Purpose, and Story.
David Anguish approaches his writing like missionaries who begin a Bible study with someone who has little or no knowledge of the Scriptures. He answers basic questions about the Bible and provides “how to” information that opens the door to the entire book from Genesis to Revelation. Interestingly, his approach also provides an excellent refresher course for those who have spent a lifetime studying the Bible.
The author includes thoughtful review questions at the end of each chapter to assist the individual student or Bible teacher who chooses Getting Acquainted with the Bible as a textbook for classroom study. In the final section, Anguish suggests additional resources for readers who desire to go still deeper in their biblical studies.
David Anguish is, indeed, a preacher-scholar. As preacher, he has made the book interesting and understandable. As scholar, he has provided dependable and carefully researched information. I highly recommend this study to Christians everywhere.
Howard W. Norton, Ph.D.
Retired professor of Bible & Missions
Harding University, Searcy, AR
David Anguish's "Getting Acquainted with the Bible" is not written in a traditional survey style. It's subtitle ... "It's Makeup, Purpose, and Story" gives you an idea that there is more to this work than a book by book analysis. Several sections are followed by special studies that enhance the material previously presented. I enjoyed his approach in Chapter 7 on "The Fulness of Time" - [it] fills a gap that most Bible students ignore and does it in a masterful way. At the end of the book there are additional resources given and encouraging words that say "You Can Do This", that is you can understand the Bible. Again, it is not a survey, but it gives the reader an understanding of Bible background and history that gives the study of scripture life. I heartily recommend it both for personal study and for use in the classroom.
Edwin Myers, Minister
Velvet Ridge Church
Bald Knob, AR
Missionary in China 10 years
It is not often you can find a book that can explain the history of the Old and New Testament for a new adult Christian. This book is written in a simplistic manner that does not intimidate new converts. It is also a great refresher course for teens to have an overview of their Bible knowledge.
Bible School Teacher
Thompson’s Station, TN
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Getting Acquainted with the Bible (144 pp.) is a primer introducing the Bible’s parts, purpose, and story, explaining:
New to the Bible or needing to review the basics? This book is useful for . . .
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I enjoyed the concise way it is written. I am in my 19th year of reading the Bible through and the history of the Intertestamental period had some of the missing puzzle parts that I needed to help complete my understanding of these 400 years before Christ came into the world.
Ladies Bible Class Teacher
I believe David has met a real need in writing Getting Acquainted with the Bible. Not only novices, but people who have listened to sermons and attended Bible classes for many years can benefit from this book. They may know the stories and understand basic doctrine--but how does all of this fit together? David helps guide us into understanding the “big picture,” and how God was at work throughout history preparing a people and a land for the coming of Christ.
I truly hope this book finds a wide audience, because I believe it contains information every student of the Bible should know.
Preacher & Educator
David Anguish's Getting Acquainted with the Bible will be useful to teachers as the second or third stage in strengthening new Christians, and as a needed training component for many who have been in the faith several years. I've worked with churches either part-time or full-time for nearly 69 years, and I've detected a high percent of members who are ignorant of the basic storyline of Scripture. Digesting Anguish's book can set people up for decades of healthy feeding on Scripture.
Dr. Philip Slate
Retired Professor of Missions
Ministry & Missions Consultant
Author of the book for new converts,
The First 40 Days of Your Christian Life
I really like the down-to earth, basic approach that assumes nothing. I probably should have had something like this during my 30 years of teaching!
Dr. James T. South, Pulpit Minister &
Former Professor of New Testament
Glen Allen, VA