23 July 2013

Review: The Sons of God and the Nephilim - Tim Chaffey

The Sons of God and the Nephilim
The Sons of God and the Nephilim by Tim Chaffey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great and well-researched book on the topic of Genesis 6. I just previously finished Van Dorn's volume on the topic, Giants: Sons of the God which I found to be more in-depth and exhaustive in ways, but I still found Chaffey's work to add additional information to the discussion.

As expected, he lists the alternate views, and then disassembles them by showing their weaknesses. In the end, only the fallen angel view can match all of the criteria of original language, other use in scripture, as well as other historical writings. The historical writings sections had some pieces I was unfamiliar with too, which was nice to see.

In both this and Van Dorn's book, they go the extra mile to show that there is a better than good possibility that God had his people on a mission to wipe out this giant threat, as is evident from the battles He sent them on. If this is true (and evidence seems to point that way), then it is a game changer when it comes to understanding the OT and all that was happening as far as the people being sent to wipe out whole people groups.

I give this book two thumbs up as a great starting point for the discussion of Gen. 6, the Sons of God and the Nephilim.

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18 July 2013

Review: The Gathering in the Last Days - Tina Rae Collins

The Gathering in the Last Days
The Gathering in the Last Days by Tina Rae Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand book about fulfilled eschatology (preterism). The author starts with the angle that the title states, dealing with the gathering that was prophesied to take place in the "last days." This part alone is worth the price of the book, but she does stop there. The book continues on to hit on most every major topic and concern of eschatology like the resurrection, day of the Lord, death, Revelation, etc. All in all a nice introduction to many aspects of the fulfilled eschatology view. I think this, along with Glenn Hill's Christianity's Great Dilemma would make a good combo set for anyone interested in looking into this position, since both offer easy to grasp introductory views on almost all major issues.

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01 July 2013

Review: Giants: Sons of the God - Douglas Van Dorn

Giants: Sons of the God
Giants: Sons of the God by Douglas Van Dorn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Years ago I had done some study in the Gen. 6 issue about the "sons of god" and have thought to writing a book of my findings. Well, I am glad to say I can remove that idea from my to-do list, because this book far exceeds a anything I could imagine writing. This is my first Kindle book ever read, so I was not able to feel the end of the book coming, and when I thought there was nothing else he could possibly say, I would look to see I wasn't even halfway done.

When the main section did finally come to an end, I still found I was only half done. The amount of extra appendices as well as the endnotes added even more information of great importance to the study.

If you're looking for a book that pretty much seals the deal of proving the angels angle, and one that deals with every contrary argument, then this is for you. On top of that there is just so much more, making this a major tool in the discussion.

A great amount of information is provided about everything from giants in mythology and folklore, to stories passed down from all over the globe of historic dealings with giants. A wealth of information on the topic all in one place. Excellent.

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