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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press (Sept. 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877846111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877846116
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Mhor on 20 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
I first read this back in the Bible College library. I liked it so much that I bought it for myself. Although dealing primarily with misreadings of scripture it does help to clarify how scripture SHOULD be read.
One amusing example occurs on page 65 where a cult discusses the book of Genesis and Adam. Genesis was written in Hebrew and the author acknowledges this explaining that Adam comes from the Hebrew 'adamah' meaning dust or earth. Then they really go off the rails by splitting Adam into two syllables and expounding on the theme that Adam was "a dam" or blockage... It is really funny but it reminds me of the liberties I have heard some ministers take with the text!
We need to be very cautious in how we read scripture and not make it say things it doesn't. This book does a good job of warning against the worst excesses. Broken down into small examples it is not heavy reading, although tackling an important subject. Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Highlander on 19 Nov. 2007
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I have the pleasure of knowing James through his daughter and having listened to his lectures at L'abri know him to be a clear exponent of gospel truth and always able to unravel and give a
sustainable exegesis of sometimes difficult biblical passages.This book by him charts a clear path through the morass of would-be explanations of biblical doctrines and passages.This book should be required reading for the Christian believer.
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Scripture Twisting untwists the web of cult thinking 23 Aug. 2000
By Christi Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Scripture Twisting By James W.Sire is, I think, the single best book on this subject. It is rare to find a book which does more than label and bash cults. This book does much more. It thoughtfully explains the errors of biblical interpretation and standard theological thought that leaders of major cults have had, in order to come to their conclusions about God. It is also very instructive for those of us who may be guilty of "misreading" our own Bibles to prove our own points or underscore our own personal theologies, rather than letting the Bible speak for itself.
35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Scripture Twisting: How We All Misread The Bible 3 Jun. 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is quite instructional on how not to make the most common errors in biblical interpretation, but I always thought it should have been respectfully entitled, "Scripture Twisting: Twenty Ways We All Misread The Bible." It's just human nature to want to put all the blame on others, and feel that we are doing things "right." No matter what the others do, we certainly have enough folks in our own congregations (I am not excluded) who have misinterpreted passages even with the best of intentions.
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Scripture Twisting - The Methods Untwisted 30 Jan. 2003
By "jwhite265" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is probably the best resource I've seen on understanding how so many can read the same Bible and get entirely different meanings. Sire's clear and understandable writing style make the read enjoyable as well as informative. I give this book the highest recommendation I can to anyone, Christian or otherwise, as a great introduction to how to get at the intended meaning of the Bible.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding summary of ways Scripture is "reinvented" 15 Nov. 2005
By J. Lynne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's true - none of us are perfect, and no one has 100% accurate understanding of the Bible. Yet Sire's little book is a great summary of 20 ways the Scripture gets twisted around (intentionally, and unintentionally). I found this a great teaching tool not only regarding cult teachings, but also for understanding errors within mainline denominational Scripture translations and interpretations, as well.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Required Reading 31 May 1998
By "kerry195" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Every old or new believer in Christ should have this book in his/her library. James Sire has created a 'classic' with this book. I recommend it to every and anyone- proper Biblical interpretation can keep one off the road to spiritual darkness and Mr. Sire's book provides a good basis for learning proper Biblical interpretation, evaluating the claims of such cults as Mormons, JW's, the Unification church and others who believers in Christ are confronted with in their daily walk.
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