Brief Insights on Mastering Bible Doctrine

Reviewed by: Connor Salter, Professional Writing student at Taylor University


Title: Brief Insights on Mastering Bible Doctrine

Author: Michael S. Heiser

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: 2018

Format: Paperback

Length: 197 pages


What do you do if you want to learn more about theology but can’t find the time to do that? In essence, that’s what this book is for. In Brief Insights on Mastering Bible Doctrine, Michael S. Heiser explains important theological ideas in one to four pages, giving readers a simple view of how theologians interpret Scripture to reach conclusions on important topics (such as hell or predestination).

In each chapter, Heiser examines a theological idea and gives a definite conclusion about it. This means he frequently takes topics different groups of people have strong opinions on and chooses one stance over another. For example, in several chapters Heiser talks about exactly how humans are made in God’s image and how that applies to abortion. People who don’t share his conclusions will find these chapters problematic. However, Heiser always builds his conclusions around what Scripture passages say about a topic, in context or when considered next to other passages. He also emphasizes Christian unity (what different Christian groups have in common) in many chapters. Ultimately, Heiser gives a reasoned, intelligent look at Scripture which anyone can appreciate.


Rating (1 to 5)

4 out of 5 stars

Suggested Audience

People interested in theology or Scripture who have little time or can’t master detailed theology books.

Christian Impact

This book will help many people understand theological concepts better and encourage them to study Scripture more closely.


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