The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
there is no one who does good.
- Psalm 53:1
Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
when they are not able to understand it?
- Proverbs 17:16
Rise up, O God, and defend your cause;
remember how fools mock you all day long.
Do not ignore the clamor of your adversaries,
the uproar of your enemies, which rises continually.
- Psalm 74:22-23
“Why is there no evidence outside the Bible that such crucial personalities as Abraham or Moses existed? Why didn’t the Israelites think to make sure that they kept track of which precise mountain was Mount Sinai of the Ten Commandments? Why does the Bible fail to mention the pyramids of Egypt, surely the most extraordinary structures then in existence?
“These are bothersome questions for any thinking reader of the Bible.”
- Kenneth C. Davis, Don’t Know Much About the Bible
I, a thinking reader of the Bible, contend that the most glaring error that Mr. Davis, dubbed the “King of Knowing” by amazon.com and continues to self-proclaim the moniker, makes in this book is in the title. It should read “I Don’t Know Much about the Bible,” one additional letter that makes a world of difference. That would save time among believers in reading the 500 pages of disproven heresy, rumors, myths, and other garbage that the author dredged from the depths to readdress. Of course, Mr. Davis has an entire series on “Don’t Know Much About…” Writing one on the Bible without addressing faith, with leaving the existence of God as an unanswered question, you wonder if there is any true knowledge of the Truth of God in the book.
To answer Mr. Davis’ questions in the manner in which he uses throughout the book: Abraham was a nomadic shepherd. He had a lot of servants and livestock, but he never owned any land until he went to bury his wife, Sarah. We have a lot of people like that today, nomads. I would like to challenge anyone to name the five most prominent of the present-day nomads who will be recorded in history 4000 years from now.
Hmmmmm. I do not hear an answer, but let’s move on. When Moses brought his people out of Egypt, there were two histories being written. The Israelite’s version was written into the Bible. The author did identify the word “Bible” as a collection of books. Some of those books are history books, but few who claim to be “intellectual” treat them as such. Yet, among Christians, who have great knowledge and understanding, given by the Holy Spirit, learn from the Old Testament history books. Other tribes of that time, according to historians, called the Israelites the tribe of books, in that most other tribes just lived; they did not record their history. The Israelites recorded their history in scrolls that became books. The Egyptians also recorded such things, but they were, in the story of Moses, utterly defeated by God, who protected Moses. Like all history, history is recorded by the victors, and other than the USA, most losers sweep the loss under the rug and forget about it. So, Egypt skips that chapter and you are left with the books of the Bible.
If you don’t know where Mount Sinai is, why don’t you go to Alaska and look for the highest point in North America, Mount McKinley. Oh? The name changed? But I have books that say it’s Mount McKinley, so what did you do with Mt. McKinley? In a few generations, with changed textbooks, no one will know Mt. McKinley from Mount Sinai.
And when you write a Bible with 66 books about the Creator of the universe who is greater than anything that man can make, why mention the pyramids at all?
Ah, I addressed my answers as questions. Since Mr. Davis asked unanswered questions and he is the “King of Knowing,” why should I address his questions in any other way?
Okay, if you need kindling for your fireplace, I have just the book for you. Ouch! I don’t want to sound like a modern-day version of a 1930s German National Socialist Party member, so strike that last comment.
Okay, when you have questions about what heresies are out there, some disproved 1500 years ago, and you need them defined before you can refute them, there is a lot of “knowledge” in this book. Yet, do not look for a clear understanding of the prophecies of Ezekiel. The author only asks about what are Gog and Magog (again asking instead of telling – maybe because he doesn’t know – the king of not knowing).
Some of the book wasn’t highly offensive. He trashes most of the Christmas myths, which have been postulated to not be true by modern theologians. Jesus was probably born on a day other than December 25 in a house that had multiple levels, arriving too late to get into the upper room or guest room (not an inn – poor translation) and stayed with the family residence with the mangers cut in the floor, convenient for the animals on the lower level. All well documented by modern theologians. That meets the letter of the Luke story, but it paints a different scene than what is depicted on Christmas cards.
But then he portrays Jesus as a mere man, only learning about God by reading the Old Testament scrolls. I might have missed something, but I picked up on there being no concept that Jesus is God, was with God the Father before creation, and thus knew a lot more than the Old Testament scrolls could offer. By that point, I had little interest in the book.
I came away with one profound understanding. There are at least three types of readers of the Bible, maybe more. First, there are those who truly believe. They understand, if not on the first reading, on subsequent readings. Second, there are those who are seeking the Truth. They may or may not find it. Third, there are those who read the Bible, the most read book of all time, to find nuggets of ridicule and to mock. Their ruling judgment is based upon the “understanding” of the present secular world, and the gateway to understanding the things of God is closed to them. They may get their book published, but is there any true understanding in the book?
There was a television commercial that invented a word a few years ago, a word that has been used for many things, usually in jest. To illustrate the word, the book is a travesty. People might pick up the book to learn something about the Bible and come away disillusioned. If this was the author’s goal, he may win a few souls for Satan, but God will protect those that are His elect. The book is a sham. The subtitle is the opposite of the truth, “Everything you need to know about the good book but never learned.” We don’t need to learn things that have been successfully refuted, and I am sure there is more trash out there. The book is a mockery of what true Christians hold dear.
Thus, his book is a Traveshamockery.
But God is not to be mocked. We are to praise Him. And the Bible is God-inspired, useful for instruction. Yet, Jesus spoke often in parables and there is great imagery in the Scriptures, especially in the prophecies. To the non-believer, reading to find points for argument, it is a book of nonsense and riddles. Faith, given from God, is necessary for understanding. For someone seeking God (and not someone wanting to make a few dollars in book sales), the Bible can reveal Truth. Some may make money and portray themselves as wise but lack understanding as Proverbs 17:16 states above. Yet, those who seek God, trusting in His Truth, and calling upon the name of Jesus, shall be saved, even those who may have once mocked Him.
We should pray and hope for the doubters to understand.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.