“There is a world referred to in Scripture that is quite unseen . . . Michael Heiser’s The Unseen Realm seeks to unmask this world. . . . This book is clear, well done and treats many ideas and themes that often go unseen themselves.”
“All—scholars, clergy, and laypeople—who read this profound and accessible book will grow in their understanding of both the Old and New Testaments.”
The Unseen Realm, by Dr. Michael Heiser, argues we must approach the strange and supernatural of the Bible with the worldview of an ancient Hebrew. “People shouldn’t be protected from the Bible,” Dr. Heiser says. But modern theological systems often do just that, by “explaining away” difficult or troublesome passages of Scripture.
What is the Divine Council? (Psalm 82:1)
Why wasn’t Eve surprised when the serpent spoke to her? (Genesis 3)
What are we to make of Peter and Jude’s belief in imprisoned spirits? (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6)
Discover what it means to read the Bible within the context of an ancient Hebrew worldview – just as the biblical authors intended!
Dr. Michael S. Heiser
A scholar in the fields of biblical studies and the ancient Near East, Dr. Michael S. Heiser is a Scholar-in-Residence at Faithlife Corporation, the makers of Logos Bible Software. Dr. Michael S. Heiser studied at Dallas Theological Seminary, he has an MA in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania, and he has an MA in Hebrew Studies and a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published widely in scholarly journals and popular periodicals such as Bible Study Magazine.
Dr. Michael S. Heiser has taught at the college level for 12 years. He specializes in the Hebrew Bible, Northwest Semitic languages (biblical Hebrew, biblical Greek, Syriac, Aramaic, Ugaritic, Egyptian, Akkadian, Sumerian, Phoenician, and Moabite), biblical theology, the history and religions of the ancient Near East, and Second Temple Jewish literature.
Other books by Dr. Michael S. Heiser:
This is a ‘big’ book in the best sense of the term. It is big in its scope and in its depth of analysis. Michael Heiser is a scholar who knows Scripture intimately in its ancient cultural context. All—scholars, clergy, and laypeople—who read this profound and accessible book will grow in their understanding of both the Old and New Testaments, particularly as their eyes are opened to the Bible’s ‘unseen world.’
How was it possible that I had never seen that before? Dr. Heiser’s survey of the complex reality of the supernatural world as the Scriptures portray it covers a subject that is strangely sidestepped. No one is going to agree with everything in his book, but the subject deserves careful study, and so does this book.
Michael Heiser has written an incredibly accessible and well-researched work on some notoriously thorny biblical passages. Heiser’s work on the divine council has earned him respect in the scholarly community for years, and he has now made this available to all. Without a doubt, The Unseen Realm will encourage, correct, and challenge many of our views on the spiritual realms revealed in the Bible—showing us the reality of things unseen!
A spiritual game changer. Like Elisha’s servant, your eyes will be opened to surprising truths in the Bible. Dr. Heiser illumines the meanings of strange things in the Scriptures that Christians shy away from: the divine council, the sons of God, Watchers, Nephilim, and giants. He shows how these oddities are actually crucial to understanding the storyline of God’s redemptive plan for humanity. This book changed my understanding of God, the Bible, and my spiritual life.