The Bible Doesn’t Say That explores what the Bible meant before it was misinterpreted over the past 2,000 years.

“[A] wit­ty and ac­cess­ible look at Scrip­ture … Hoff­man has pro­duced the best kind of popu­lar scholar­ship.”

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CCLAIMED translator and biblical scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman walks the reader through dozens of mis­trans­la­tions, mis­concep­tions, and other mis­under­stand­ings about the Bible. In forty short, straight­forward chapters, he covers morality, lifestyle, theology, and biblical imagery, including:

  • The Bible doesn’t call homosexuality a sin, and it doesn’t advocate for the one-man-one-woman model of marriage that has been dubbed “biblical.”
  • The Bible’s famous “beat their swords into plowshares” is matched by the militaristic, “beat your plowshares into swords.”
  • The often-cited New Testament quotation “God so loved the world” is a mistranslation, as are the titles “Son of Man” and “Son of God.”
  • The Ten Commandments don’t prohibit killing or coveting.

What does the Bible say about violence? About the Rapture? About keeping kosher? About marriage and divorce? Hoffman provides answers to all of these, and more, succinctly explaining how so many pivotal biblical answers came to be misunderstood.