What Is the Bible? - Rob Bell

What Is the Bible?

By Rob Bell

  • Release Date: 2017-05-16
  • Genre: Bible Studies
Score: 4.5
From 82 Ratings


Instant New York Times Bestseller

Rob Bell, the beloved author of Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God, goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined—and offers a cogent argument for why we need to look at it in a fresh, new way.

In Love Wins, Rob Bell confronted the troubling questions that many people of faith were afraid to ask about heaven, hell, fate, and faith. Using the same inspired, inquisitive approach, he now turns to our most sacred book, the Bible. What Is the Bible? provides insights and answers that make clear why the Bible is so revered and what makes it truly inspiring and essential to our lives.

Rob takes us deep into actual passages to reveal the humanity behind the Scriptures. You cannot get to the holy without going through the human, Rob tells us. When considering a passage, we shouldn’t ask "Why did God say . . .?" To get to the heart of the Bible’s meaning, we should be asking: "What’s the story that’s unfolding here and why did people find it important to tell it? What was it that moved them to record these words? What was happening in the world at that time? What does this passage/story/poem/verse/book tell us about how people understood who they were and who God was at that time?" In asking these questions, Rob goes beyond the one-dimensional question of "is it true?" to reveal the Bible’s authentic transformative power.

Rob addresses the concerns of all those who see the Bible as God’s Word but are troubled by the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies in Scripture. With What Is the Bible?, he recaptures the Good Book’s magic and reaffirms its power and inspiration to shape and inspire our lives today.


  • What is the Bible

    By walker christine
    Read with an open mind. This book is a wonderful way to see the Bible in context. Read with fresh eyes. You’ll never be the same.
  • Challenge of a New Paradigm?

    By Herbal R.Ph.
    Once again, Rob Bell has challenged me to rethink the assumptions of the Bible that have been sources or confusion, frustration and anxiety. I highly recommend this book to at least challenge preconceptions one might have about the Bible as well as a new paradigm when interpreting or approaching the Bible. I found it a thought provoking read!
  • Wrong iBooks Section?

    By Carl80
    Shouldn't this be under "humor"? I read the title, tag, and author on the cover and laughed hysterically!! Best comedy book of 2017!!! 😂😂😂
  • Astonishing

    By Servant of One
    This work causes one to think beyond the existential and draws us into the essence of immaterialism that is found deeply bedded within the warm and gooey slime that covers the membrana skin of our fleeting minds. How did I think before reading this?
  • Magician Preacher

    By Magician Preacher
    I really enjoyed the Tumblr series this roots from. So many good questions and thoughts that should disturb our typical human experience and wake us from whatever small vision or dreams we have of the gospel. Jesus inspires more from our lives. I think we'd all benefit from reading and engaging with this text and truly seek to live out of the overflow of a new normal. I'm excited to read it and explore new beginnings. Love is strong as death!