Saturday, January 15, 2011

Book Review: Slave by John MacArthur

In his new book, Slave, John MacArthur seeks to expose a truth from the Bible that can escape most English speaking readers. At the time when the Bible was being translated into English, MacArthur (and others that he cites in his book) maintains that because of western European sensibilities, the Hebrew and Greek words that should have been translated as “slave” were translated as “servant” instead. This simple change, says MacArthur, has led to a lessening of our understanding of just what it means to belong to Christ. The theme of MacArthur’s book is that “God has expressed the riches of our salvation using the symbolism of slavery.” In contrast, MacArthur maintains that we in the contemporary evangelical church, by adopting a terminology that emphasizes a personal Savior rather than Christ as Master, Lord and King, have reduced our understanding of just how wonderful and blessed it is to be a child of God and to hold our citizenship in heaven. Throughout the book we travel through all of the nuances of what it meant to be a slave during the times when the Bible was written – a good master vs. a harsh master, manumission of slaves, adoption and citizenship. This is a book that can challenge your thinking about what it means to be a Christian – a challenge that can change your walk with Christ.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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