Thursday, December 23

Slave by John MacArthur, your true identity in Christ

In his newest book, Slave, John MacArthur examines the way the Bible in commonly translated. Specifically he examines the term that we commonly render as ‘servant.’ According to MacArthur, this may be a mistranslation and the original language may mean something closer to – “Slave.” Don’t expect to read this in a single sitting.

The books itself is not written in a way that is difficult to read. To the contrary, MacArthur writes in a way that non-Bible scholars can understand the concept and the implications. However there is just so much information that I found myself wanting to take time after each chapter to reflect.

MacArthur slowly develops his argument, starting with his findings. He then goes on to describe what slavery at the time would be like. This is an especially interesting section. Many times, Slavery brings to mind the history of the United States with slavery and modern day forms of slavery. However, slavery during the time of Christ was different, and the roles of slaves and masters is shown to be important in understand our relationship with God.

John MacArthur is an excellent writer . His writing is concise and thought provoking. He writes in a way that can appeal to those interested in delving further into the Bible as well as providing good material for Bible Studies to use. In fact, there is a companion piece to this book aimed at such studies (though I did not review that particular item).

The one thing I didn’t like in this book is the marketing of it. It is being pushed as revealing a cover up in the Bible. He mentions it briefly throughout the text, however it seems more to be a selling point for the book rather than a fully supported idea.

4/5 stars

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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