The Unseen Realm

by Michael S. Heiser     |     Book Summary


Author: Michael S. Heiser
Publisher: Lexham Press
Date: 2015
Pages: 413

Book Summary of The Unseen Realm by Michael S. Heiser


Many Christians have read Psalm 82:1 without actually thinking about what the verse says. A literal English translation of the Hebrew reads, “God [elohim] stands in the divine assembly; he administers judgment in the midst of the gods [elohim].” (p. 11, brackets and emphases in original)

Who are these “gods” who make up this “divine assembly?” Perhaps these “gods” are: 

  • False gods, or idols: This interpretation is unlikely, as it seems odd that God would stand in the midst of this assembly.
  • Jewish elders: This interpretation is also unlikely, as there is no evidence the God of Israel ever asked Jewish elders to rule over the nations.
  • The three members of the Trinity: Again, this interpretation is unlikely, as Psalm 82 goes on to rebuke these elohim for their sin. 

The most likely explanation is that Psalm 82:1 is referring to a “divine council” of spiritual beings that exist in the unseen realm. This divine council was created by God and tasked with overseeing life on earth. 

Many Christians hear these ideas and immediately scoff at the possibility of such an idea. This book was written to reshape your worldview so that your assumptions about reality align with those of the biblical authors.

“My goal is simple. When you open your Bible, I want you to be able to see it like ancient Israelites or first-century Jews saw it, to perceive and consider as they would have. I want their supernatural worldview in your head.” (p. 13, emphases in original)





The Unseen Realm

by Michael S. Heiser

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Book Summary of The Unseen Realm by Michael S. Heiser

AuthorMichael Heiser
PublisherLexham Press
Date2015
Pages413


Overview:

Many Christians have read Psalm 82:1 without actually thinking about what the verse says. A literal English translation of the Hebrew reads, “God [elohim] stands in the divine assembly; he administers judgment in the midst of the gods [elohim].” (p. 11, brackets and emphases in original)

Who are these “gods” who make up this “divine assembly?” Perhaps these “gods” are: 

  • False gods, or idols: This interpretation is unlikely, as it seems odd that God would stand in the midst of this assembly.
  • Jewish elders: This interpretation is also unlikely, as there is no evidence the God of Israel ever asked Jewish elders to rule over the nations.
  • The three members of the Trinity: Again, this interpretation is unlikely, as Psalm 82 goes on to rebuke these elohim for their sin. 

The most likely explanation is that Psalm 82:1 is referring to a “divine council” of spiritual beings that exist in the unseen realm. This divine council was created by God and tasked with overseeing life on earth. 

Many Christians hear these ideas and immediately scoff at the possibility of such an idea. This book was written to reshape your worldview so that your assumptions about reality align with those of the biblical authors.

“My goal is simple. When you open your Bible, I want you to be able to see it like ancient Israelites or first-century Jews saw it, to perceive and consider as they would have. I want their supernatural worldview in your head.” (p. 13, emphases in original)