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"BIBLICAL CRITICISM: What are Some Outstanding Weaknesses of Modern Historical Criticism?" is a compelling and groundbreaking text that dives deep into the murky waters of modern biblical criticism. This authoritative volume, penned by F. David Farnell and Edward D. Andrews, seeks to robustly challenge and dismantle the speculative methodologies that have long dominated the field.


The unique structure of the book is designed for a progressive reading experience. Edward D. Andrews opens the book with a series of engaging chapters that lay the essential groundwork. He skillfully ushers you through the historical origins of secular humanism, the Enlightenment, and German idealism. From questioning the mysterious Q Document to tackling the alleged Synoptic Problem, Andrews writes in an approachable manner, making complex issues accessible and laying the foundation for the deeper explorations to come.


F. David Farnell then takes the reins, building upon this firm foundation with in-depth scholarly analyses. He goes on to dissect various forms of criticism like the Grammatical-Historical and Historical-Critical methods, taking you further into understanding the biases and fallacies that plague these approaches. Farnell’s chapters are not just for the academic; they offer a more comprehensive look at topics that Andrews has made readily understandable.


Whether you’re a serious student of the Bible, a scholar, or someone who simply wants to understand the limitations of modern biblical criticism, this book will equip you with the tools you need. You'll come away with a refreshed confidence in the reliability and authority of Scripture. And far from being a dry academic treatise, this book invites you into a lively conversation about the critical issues affecting our understanding of the Bible.


Here's what you can expect to find:

  • A detailed history of High Criticism and how its secular roots have shaped its evolution.
  • An accessible entry into the world of biblical criticism, with chapters from Edward D. Andrews serving as a guide to the deeper dives that follow.
  • Rigorous scholarly examination from F. David Farnell, who adds layers of complexity to the foundational topics introduced by Andrews.
  • Critical evaluations of popular critical methodologies, exposing their biases and limitations.


This collaborative effort between Farnell and Andrews harmoniously combines foundational knowledge and advanced critique, making this a must-read for anyone interested in the integrity and interpretation of biblical texts. Experience the book that challenges the status quo and brings the weaknesses of modern historical criticism into the light.



  • Publisher: ‎ Christian Publishing House (October 27, 2017)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 341 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1945757701
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1945757709
  • Item Weight: ‎ 14.1 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎ 6 x 0.68 x 9 inches



Author Biography F. DAVID FARNELL B.A., San Diego Christian College, M.Div., Talbot School of Theology, Th.M., Talbot School of Theology, Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary

EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored over 220+ books. In addition, Andrews is the Chief Translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV).

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