Slave by Dr. John MacArthur

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by Dr. John MacArthur

As I’ve grown older, I’ve been learning words have deeper meanings than the conventional dictionary definition. When a word has an additional meaning, to my knowledge it is due to something cultural or historical, and Dr. MacArthur is right when it comes to the word ‘Slave’ having multiple definitions. Sometimes I wish I could learn Greek or Hebrew in order to read the original translations, but thank God for men like Dr. John MacArthur who have that greater intellectual skill than me; I assume that is a blessing from God. And thank God for the men of old like Martin Luther and William Tyndale who translated the Bible into other languages despite the persecution of the Catholic Church; I certainly can’t read Latin. The last time I read from MacArthur, when I read his book ‘The Jesus You Can’t Ignore’, I was impressed and inspired and ‘Slave’ did not fail my expectations either.

Dr. MacArthur’s book is a commentary about how several biblical translations translate the Greek word Doulos as ‘servant’ or ‘bond servant’ rather than ‘slave’. A simple way to prove this is by going to and look up a passage like Romans 1:1 in different translations to see the difference. He declares throughout this book, all Christians ought to be reading the word  ‘slave’ rather than ‘servant’ within those various English translations, because each word has a different meaning both dictionary wise and culturally/historically. Because of those stronger definitions, Dr. MacArthur feels how our view of Jesus Christ must also be affected; I agree. There is a reason why Jesus Christ is called our LORD or the King of Kings, it is not just some fancy title! When the scriptures say in 1 Corinthians 6:20 ‘we were bought with a price’,  it makes more sense when we imagine ourselves slaves rather than a paid servant in that context right? Christ paid for us with his death for the Bible says “the wages of sin is death.” This is a great message others need to hear, my only complaint is that it drags on a little bit at times and forces the reader to think about the Calvinistic debate of limited atonement, but otherwise I felt this was another great book from Dr. MacArthur.

Book Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: Ben Umnus was given a free copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishing, but he was neither paid for his review nor was he commanded by Thomas Nelson Publishing to write a positive review. This review is the personal, written opinion of Ben Umnus.  This disclaimer is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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