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  • Scripture And Hermeneutics Seminar 25th Anniversary


    A celebration of 25 years of the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar that features contributions from a diverse lineup of today’s most respected scholars.

    For twenty-five years, the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar has produced a steady stream of influential, global, diverse, ecumenical and world-class research and publications that have impacted a generation of scholars now in mid-career, teaching or ministering at various universities, seminaries, divinity schools, or churches around the globe. The volumes of the seminar have resourced countless classrooms and have been cited thousands of times in scholarly research and in the pulpits and Bible studies worldwide.

    In celebration of the 25th year of the seminar (1997-2022), this compendium reflects on its work and impact. It offers new essays that chart the value of the seminar for biblical interpretation and the needs of biblical interpretation in the future, and includes stories from the formative SAHS community. This volume distills the work of the seminar for a new generation of students, opening to them a gateway to the community and to the resources developed over the past two decades.

    Tightly organized, carefully arranged and cross-referenced, this volume:

    *Highlights the work of a significant movement in biblical interpretation in the academy

    *Charts a path of biblical interpretation from the past to the future

    *Helps readers understand the philosophical and theological commitments that undergird biblical interpretation

    *Helps readers construct a theological hermeneutics that yields a deeper, richer reading of Scripture

    *Introduces readers to stories of the seminar from scholars and ministers impacted by it

    This celebratory volume not only gives a unique perspective on the architecture of biblical interpretation in the first quarter of the twenty-first century, but it is offered in hope of preparing fertile soil for the next generation of women and men to cultivate biblical interpretation for years to come.

    The volume features essays by Craig Bartholomew, David Beldman, Amber L. Bowen, Susan Bubbers, Jean-Louis Chretien, Havilah Dharamraj, Bo Lim, Murray Rae, J. Aaron Simmons, Anthony Thiselton, and John Wyatt.

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  • 18 Minutes With Jesus


    Did you know you can read Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount in about 18 minutes? Yet packed into this short talk are more life-changing and startlingly original teachings than anywhere else in Scripture. In it, Jesus dives past the surface into the heart of what we need and desire–from God, ourselves, and one another. It’s the spiritual straight talk we need about the things that matter most in life.

    Drawing from decades of study, Dr. Robert Jeffress breaks down Jesus’s most well-known (yet least-followed) teachings about happiness, faith, relationships, sex, reconciliation, prayer, money, and more. He shows how we often misunderstand and misapply these verses and unpacks exactly what Jesus was teaching us about our own hearts and minds.

    If you long to take your Christian walk to the next level, it’s time to grasp these biblical truths that have the power to change your life.

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  • Scribes And Scripture


    In Scribes and Scripture, scholars John D. Meade and Peter J. Gurry answer common questions about the writing, copying, canonizing, and translating of the Bible and give readers tools to interpret the evidence about God’s word.

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  • Word Of A Humble God


    “Scripture is a spring of life-giving, life-altering truth, but when we don’t understand how and why it came to us, we end up misusing it.”

    How did we get the Bible? And why does it matter? History reveals that Scripture can be used for both life-giving and destructive purposes. Discovering the Bible’s origins makes all the difference for fostering redemptive interpretation of Scripture. Bringing together both historical criticism and theology, this investigation examines ancient scribal culture through the lens of faith. What we find is a divine-human collaboration that points to the character of God and the value of human agency.

    In this concise presentation of a breadth of scholarship usually only found across multiple volumes, Karen Keen offers a vital introduction to the material origins of the Bible, theories of inspiration, and the history of biblical interpretation-with reflections on what this all means for us as we read Scripture today. Through the ins and outs of these important topics, and with the aid of thought-provoking questions and learning activities at the end of each chapter, Keen argues that the Bible and its origins reveal a humble God who invites us to imitate that humility-a humility that is itself the most powerful antidote to the misinterpretation and abuse of Scripture.

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  • Chronological Guide To Bible Prophecy


    A Big-Picture Overview of Bible Prophecy

    God’s fulfilled promises are a powerful reminder that His Word is completely reliable. Bible prophecy makes up about 30 percent of the Bible–and of that, 75 percent has already been accomplished!

    With A Chronological Guide to Bible Prophecy, author and illustrator Todd Hampson hopes to deepen your sense of awe and wonder for the Bible’s inerrant accuracy while guiding you through a timeline of God’s pledges to His people. You will…

    *gain an overview of completed Bible prophecies–and understand how these fulfilled promises create a clear and compelling apologetic for the Christian faith

    *understand the order of events that are still to come, separating biblical facts from common misbeliefs

    *revere our incredible God, who has used prophecy in amazing ways to make His faithfulness known to us

    This fun and informative book offers a comprehensive survey of the many prophecies found in Scripture, underscoring their themes and illuminating why they still bring us hope today. Complete with Todd’s signature lighthearted illustrations, The Chronological Guide to Bible Prophecy is an invaluable resource for prophecy newcomers and enthusiasts alike.

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  • Honor Patronage Kinship And Purity Second Edition


    For contemporary Western readers, it can be easy to miss or misread cultural nuances in the New Testament. To hear the text correctly we must be attuned to its original context. As David deSilva demonstrates, keys to interpretation are found in paying attention to four essential cultural themes: honor and shame, patronage and reciprocity, kinship and family, and purity and pollution.

    Through our understanding of honor and shame in the Mediterranean world, we gain new appreciation for how early Christians sustained commitment to a distinctive Christian identity and practice. By examining the protocols of patronage and reciprocity, we grasp more firmly the connections between God’s grace and our response. In exploring kinship and household relations, we grasp more fully the ethos of the early Christian communities as a new family brought together by God. And by investigating the notions of purity and pollution along with their associated practices, we realize how the ancient map of society and the world was revised by the power of the gospel.

    This new edition is thoroughly revised and expanded with up-to-date scholarship. A milestone work in the study of New Testament cultural backgrounds, Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity offers a deeper appreciation of the New Testament, the gospel, and Christian discipleship.

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  • Impact Of Ordinary Women In The Bible


    Ordinary Women, Extraordinary God

    In book two of Don Wilkerson’s series The Impact of Ordinary People, the names listed in each chapter are not well-known women of the Bible. But that’s the theme of this unique devotional.

    Adah, Bilhah, Jehosheba, and Huldah are just some of the ordinary women who accomplished extraordinary things for the glory of God. Scripture contains a supporting cast of men and women often overlooked in Bible study. This devotional brings thirty lesser-known women to life with short but thought-provoking lessons. Each woman deserves attention for her significant impact, but it’s God’s redemption story that is highlighted and woven through the lives of these ordinary women.

    For those seeking discipleship material for personal growth, this book will aid individual and small group Bible study.

    This devotional is also a helpful resource for pastors and Christian leaders to develop biblical lessons or one-of a-kind sermons.

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  • Reading The Book Of The 12 Minor Prophets


    The promise and peril in reading the Minor Prophets.

    Reading the Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets confronts the unique challenges presented by this daunting section of the Old Testament.

    *On Reading the Twelve Minor Prophets (David G. Firth and Brittany N. Melton)

    *Hosea: Marriage, Violence, and Yahweh’s Lament (Isabelle M. Hamley)

    *Reading Joel within and without the Book of the Twelve (Tchavdar S. Hadjiev)

    *The Use and Abuse of Technology: Habakkuk’s Ancient Critique in a Modern World (Heath A. Thomas)

    *Luther’s Lectures on Habakkuk as an Example of Participatory Exegesis (Thomas Renz)

    *Perspectives on Theodicy in Habakkuk and Malachi vis-a-vis Job (S. D. Snyman)

    *The New Covenant in the Book of the Twelve (Anthony R. Petterson)

    *Filled, Empowered, Dwelling, Trembling, and Fleeing: Mapping God’s Spirit and Presence in the Book of the Twelve (Beth M. Stovell)

    *Furry, Feathery, and Fishy Friends?and Insects?in the Book of the Twelve (Julie Woods)

    *Twelve Books, One Theology? (John Goldingay)

    Authors from a variety of perspectives consider questions about hermeneutics and composition, reception history, theodicy, metaphors and characterization, and theology. These essays provide insights from the history of interpretation and the latest in scholarship.

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  • Gods Righteousness And Justice In The Old Testament


    A semantic study of God’s righteousness and justice in the Hebrew Bible that draws exegetical, theological, and philosophical conclusions about the character of God and God’s relationship with humanity.

    God’s work of creation and salvation for the good of Israel, humanity, and the world manifests the nature of God’s being. Thus, if we can understand God’s characteristics of righteousness and justice, we can better understand God.

    In the Hebrew Bible, these aspects of God are not expressed by abstract concepts but by semantic elements within literary structures. From this premise, Joe Kraovec undertakes the present study to put semantics into dialogue with exegesis and theology to illuminate exactly how God’s righteousness and justice in the Old Testament should be understood.

    In the first part of the book, Kraovec analyzes occurrences of the Hebrew root ?dq (meaning righteous) and other synonyms, working systematically through the entire Old Testament canon. In the second part, he builds off this lexical study with a more broadly exegetical, theological, and philosophical exploration of guilt, punishment, mercy, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Kraovec concludes, among other things, that the biblical writers use “righteousness” as an expression of God’s affection for faithful people, especially those in distress because of persecution. God’s righteousness therefore exists in the Hebrew Bible in relation to the righteousness of human individuals and communities. Justice-whether in the form of forgiveness for the penitent or punishment for those who have hardened their hearts against God-is always carried out with the goal of building better community among God’s people.

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  • Reading The Bible Missing The Gospel


    Returning to the story of redemption brings clarity and color to the whole Bible!

    You’re getting this wrong! Over and over, throughout the Gospels, this was the message of Jesus. With frustration and sometimes pity, He addressed the religious leaders and His disciples: Somewhere along the way your hearts and thoughts got confused, lost, way off track. Would Jesus have the same assessment of us today? How have we missed the teachings and messages of the Bible? How are we missing Jesus?

    In Reading the Bible, Missing the Gospel, pastor and author Ben Connelly shows us how to recover God’s original intentions in light of the story of redemption. Connelly helps us celebrate and understand how Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are truly good news for the tangible situations in our everyday lives. Biblical misunderstandings can lead to a small view of God–but truth overturns that. It expands our hearts for God and enables us to truly love others!

    The author reveals shockingly common ways we get the Bible wrong. Connelly invites Christians to see themes and teachings with new eyes–or, rather, with old eyes–on topics like confession and forgiveness . . . what it means to be blessed or happy . . . whether we’re commanded to or prohibited from passing judgement. How does the gospel inform our understanding and answer these questions? Connelly gives readers a new gospel-focused lens that addresses common frustrations and helps them see with renewed hope, clarity, and courage.

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  • Washed By God


    Baptism is a subject which has caused confusion amongst Christians for many years. Jesus included it in his final charge to the disciples. It is clearly important, so why do we spend so much time arguing about it? Baptism is a God given sign, not to obscure the gospel, but to make it clearer. Karl Deenick explains not only what baptism is, what it isn’t, and who should be baptised, but he follows the threads of symbolic cleansing through both the Old and New Testaments. He explains and exalts the gospel and shows how the Old Testament foreshadows Jesus and how he fulfils the Old Testament.

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  • Gods Rascal : The Jacob Narrative In Genesis 25-35


    Beloved author Dale Ralph Davis looks at one of the most fascinating characters in the Bible, and the God who was faithful to him.

    The character of Jacob that we meet in chapters 25-35 of Genesis is a fascinating one. A kaleidoscopic blend of deviousness and doggedness, of trickery and tenacity, of folly and faith. As readers we can’t help being drawn into his story. With his trademark wit and perceptive comments Dale Ralph Davis guides us through the story of this rogue and traces the evidence of grace, providence, blessing throughout his life.

    Taking us chapter by chapter through this fundamental section of scripture, Davis highlights not only the character of Jacob, but the character of the God who cared for him and faithfully kept his promises to him.

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  • Romans : Text, Readers, And The History Of Interpretation


    A wide-ranging study of the interpretation of Paul’s letter to the Romans throughout history, from Origen to Karl Barth.

    In anticipation of his Illuminations commentary on Paul’s letter to the Romans, Stephen Westerholm offers this extensive survey of the reception history of Romans. After two initial chapters discussing the letter’s textual history and the its first readers in Rome (a discussion carried out in dialogue with the Paul-within-Judaism stream of scholarship), Westerholm provides a thorough overview of over thirty of the most influential, noteworthy, and representative interpretations of Romans from nearly two thousand years of history. Interpreters surveyed include Origen, John Chrysostom, Augustine, Peter Abelard, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Locke, Cotton Mather, John Wesley, and Karl Barth.

    Bearing in mind that Paul did not write for scholars, Westerholm includes in his study interpreters like Philipp Jakob Spener and Richard Baxter who addressed more popular audiences, as well as an appendix on a remarkable series of 372 sermons on Romans by beloved British preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones. A further aim of the book is to illustrate the impact of this New Testament letter on Christian thought, supporting Westerholm’s claim that “the history of the interpretation of Romans is, in important areas and to a remarkable extent, the history of Christian theology.”

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  • Gods Goddesses And The Women Who Serve Them


    A wide-ranging study of women in ancient Israelite religion.

    Susan Ackerman has spent her scholarly career researching underexamined aspects of the world of the Hebrew Bible-particularly those aspects pertaining to women. In this collection drawn from three decades of her work, she describes in fascinating detail the worship of goddesses in ancient Israel, the roles women played as priests and prophets, the cultic significance of queen mothers, and the Hebrew Bible’s accounts of women’s religious lives.
    Specific topics include:

    *the “Queen of Heaven,” a goddess whose worship was the object of censure in the book of Jeremiah

    *Asherah, the great Canaanite mother goddess for whom Judean women were described as weaving in the book of Kings

    *biblical figures considered as religious functionaries, such as Miriam, Deborah, and Zipporah

    *the lack of women priests in ancient Israel explored against the prevalence of priestesses in the larger ancient Near Eastern world

    *the cultic significance of queen mothers in Israel and throughout the ancient Near East

    *Israelite women’s participation in the cult of Yahweh and in the cults of various goddesses

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  • Old Testament Law For The Life Of The Church


    From the early days of the church to the present, the Old Testament Law has been a subject of much confusion, debate, and outright theological division. And with good reason: the way Christians understand the Law has massive implications for their individual lives and for the life of the church. To sort through the numerous interpretations and approaches to this thorny issue, we need to start with a solid knowledge of the Law itself.

    Richard Averbeck provides a comprehensive, accessible discussion of how the Law fits into the arc of the Bible and its relevance to the church today. Beginning with the way God intended the Law to work in its original historical and cultural context, he then explores the New Testament perspective on the Law. Averbeck identifies three biblical theological theses: the Law is good, the Law is weak, and the Law is a unified whole. Rejecting common partitions between categories of law, he makes the case that the whole Law applies to the Christian. Our task is to discern how it applies in the light of Christ.

    The Old Testament Law for the Life of the Church invites readers to consider how all of Scripture is illuminating and useful for God’s people. The church, as the new temple, has much to learn from the Law and about what it means for our doctrine and practice.

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  • Jesus Alternative Plan


    Richard Rohr Rohr goes through the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount, explaining the historical and cultural context of each verse and offering guidance for what it means for Christians today.

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  • Majority Text Greek New Testament Interlinear


    Come as close to the original Greek of the New Testament as possible.

    The Majority Text Greek New Testament Interlinear preserves all the information of the biblical text while presenting it in a way that’s easy to understand. The typical interlinear inserts a single English translation between the lines of the Greek to make comparing Greek to English easier. The Majority Text Greek New Testament Interlinear is unique in that it:

    *Consists of three separate interlinear texts: the Majority Greek text, the word-for-word English translation, and the idiomatic (natural/readable) English translation.

    *Further presents the New King James Version in a parallel column to the side for quick reference.

    *Provides both textual notes (including cross-references to OT passages and indications where significant variations occur in the Greek manuscripts) and word studies throughout.

    *Uses the Greek Majority Text-based on the consensus of the majority of existing Greek manuscripts.

    Presented in a logical layout, The Majority Text Greek New Testament Interlinear will allow you to grow in your knowledge of the New Testament and approach the Majority Greek text for textual study that is both rigorous and approachable at once.

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  • Gospel And The Gospels


    A robust scholarly defense of the distinctiveness of the canonical Gospels.

    Is there anything that makes the four New Testament Gospels different from other early Christian Gospels? The tendency among biblical scholars of late has been to declare the answer to this question no-that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were grouped together by happenstance and are defended as canonical today despite there being no essential commonalities between them.

    Simon Gathercole challenges this prevailing view and argues that there are in fact substantial differences of theological content between the New Testament Gospels and noncanonical Gospels. Gathercole shows how the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John each include four key points that also formed the core of early Christian preaching and teaching: Jesus’s identity as messiah, the saving death of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and Scripture’s foretelling of the Christ event. In contrast, most noncanonical Gospels-like the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Truth, and Marcion’s Gospel-only selectively appropriated these central concerns of early Christian proclamation.

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  • Word From The Beginning


    And the Word became flesh

    John’s Gospel famously opens with a poetic prologue about the Word. However, after these initial verses, the theme of God’s Word incarnate seems to fade.

    The silence is only apparent. In The Word from the Beginning, Bruce G. Schuchard reunites John’s prologue with the rest of his Gospel. What Jesus does in the Gospel embodies who Jesus is in the prologue. Jesus’s words and actions reveal and unfold his unique identity as the Word. Jesus is indeed God’s Word enfleshed.

    This theological reading of John’s Gospel unifies Jesus’s identity, words, and work, opening up implications for Johannine Christology.

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  • Wrestling With Job


    The unique richness of the book of Job cannot be simply explained–it must be experienced. While Job presents challenges for scholars, ministry leaders, and laypeople, it also contains powerful lessons on faith and perseverance in the face of suffering that we all need to hear.

    In Wrestling with Job, Bill Kynes, a lifelong pastor, and his son Will Kynes, a Job scholar, guide readers on a journey through this complex text. Each chapter combines exposition, spiritual application, and a deeper look at some of the thornier aspects of the text. Complete with reflection questions for groups or individuals, this book equips anyone wondering how the lessons of Job apply to their own lives to consider how they too might practice defiant faith.

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  • New Testament : A Historical And Theological Introduction


    This capstone work from widely respected senior evangelical scholar Donald Hagner offers a substantial introduction to the New Testament. Hagner deals with the New Testament both historically and theologically, employing the framework of salvation history. He treats the New Testament as a coherent body of texts and stresses the unity of the New Testament without neglecting its variety. Although the volume covers typical questions of introduction, such as author, date, background, and sources, it focuses primarily on understanding the theological content and meaning of the texts, putting students in a position to understand the origins of Christianity and its canonical writings.

    Throughout, Hagner delivers balanced conclusions in conversation with classic and current scholarship. The book includes summary tables, diagrams, maps, and extensive bibliographies.

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  • Promise And The Blessing


    The Bible is a collection of writings that together tell a unified story. But exactly how do all the pieces fit together? In a single volume, The Promise and the Blessing connects the dots of the Old and New Testament books to reveal the big picture of salvation history. Organized chronologically rather than canonically, this book traces the flow of Israel’s history and shows how the New Testament proceeds out of the Old. It begins with God’s creation of the cosmos and the initial problem of the fall of man. Then it traces God’s solutions to that problem as he selects first one man, Abraham, then his line, and then the nation of Israel to provide the Messiah. Finally, it focuses on the Messiah himself and looks at how the gospel of Jesus was spread throughout the known world. The Promise and the Blessing is easy to use and ideal for anyone who wants to understand the grand narrative of the Bible. It features numerous photos as well as sidebars and brief, engaging “breakouts” with supplementary information. Maps, illustrations, summaries, and insightful notes help to illuminate the text. Field-tested in the classroom, The Promise and the Blessing is designed for Old and New Testament survey classes and will provide all readers of the Bible with a better understanding of how the drama that began in Eden winds through Israel’s history to its fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

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  • Lord Roars : Recovering The Prophetic Voice For Today


    The world cries out for a prophetic word to the chaos, unrest, and destructiveness of our times. Can the biblical prophets speak into our world today?

    Leading Old Testament ethicist M. Daniel Carroll R. shows that learning from the prophets can make us better prepared for Christian witness. In this guide to the ethical material of Old Testament prophetic literature, Carroll highlights key ethical concerns of the three prophets most associated with social critique–Amos, Isaiah, and Micah–showing their relevance for those who wish to speak with a prophetic voice today.

    The book focuses on the pride that generates injustice and the religious life that legitimates an unacceptable status quo–both of which bring judgment–as well as the ethical importance of the visions of restoration after divine judgment. Each of these components in the biblical text makes its own particular call to readers to respond in an appropriate manner. The book also links biblical teaching with prophetic voices of the modern era.

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  • God Of The Way


    In this long-awaited follow-up to New York Times bestseller The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi, discover the stories of key men and women from the Bible who changed the world and whose stories continue to offer life, hope, and direction for today.

    The God of the Way is a grand story of scriptural faith and the people who changed the world forever. Merging the ancient with the modern, bestselling author Kathie Lee Gifford partners once again with Rabbi Jason Sobel, creating a book and video curriculum, with four unique sections (The God of the How and When, The God of His Word, The God Who Sees, and The God of the Other Side) and chapters that introduce several key men and women from the Bible such as Abraham and Sarah, Joshua, Moses, Hagar, David, Mary Magdalene, Peter, and more. The God of the Way contains:

    *The incredible story of how God made a way for His children

    *An in-depth look at key Biblical figures who tell the story of God’s plan and provision for mankind

    *Historical and cultural insights that will open your eyes to the Bible as never before

    Journey into God’s Word, from the creation of the world through the desert and empty places, the Hebrew nation, and meet Jesus, the disciples, and His followers.

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  • Foretaste Of The Future


    For many Christians, the book of Revelation inspires confusion and fear.

    It’s seen as a coded screenplay for the end times, or it’s just too strange to understand. The problem, Dean Flemming contends, is that when we read Revelation as focused on the future, we miss what it says about what God is doing in the world now.

    Revelation is one of the richest texts in Scripture for understanding both God’s mission to make everything new and how the church is caught up in that mission. In Foretaste of the Future, Flemming mines this largely untapped resource by introducing a missional reading of Revelation. Drawing from a variety of cultural perspectives, Flemming explores Revelation’s original context, key themes, and transformational message that rings out for each new generation.

    By reading Revelation in light of God’s mission, we gain a renewed vision of God’s great purpose to redeem and restore all creation through the work of the slain Lamb. We also see how God’s people are called to help offer a foretaste of salvation and healing now, along with insight on how to contextualize this mission in particular settings. A missional reading not only invites us to imagine the future; it teaches us to let the future cast its light into the present to guide our way.

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  • 40 Questions About Prayer


    Relevant questions about prayer answered from the whole witness of Scripture

    Praying is often the most common yet least understood practice of Christian spirituality. In 40 Questions About Prayer, scholar and teacher Joseph C. Harrod shares biblical insight on the nature and practice of Christian prayer. Harrod’s emphasis on searching the Scriptures results in a trustworthy, practical guide to a vital aspect of Christian belief and behavior, equally appropriate for seminary courses, Bible studies, and personal understanding.

    The accessible question-and-answer format of 40 Questions About Prayer allows readers to explore the issues they care most about, such as these:

    – Does prayer change God’s mind?

    – Does God hear the prayers of unbelievers?

    – What does it mean to pray in Jesus’s name?

    – How does prayer affect evangelism, spiritual awakening, and revival?

    – What does it mean to pray “without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17)?

    – Do physical postures affect prayer?

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  • Race And Rhyme


    A leading womanist biblical scholar reads passages from the New Testament in dialogue with modern-day issues of racial justice.

    The narratives and letters of the New Testament emerged from a particular set of historical contexts that differ from today’s, but they resonate with us because of how the issues they raise “rhyme” with subjects of contemporary relevance. Listening for these echoes of the present in the past, Love Sechrest utilizes her cultural experience and her perspective as a Black woman scholar to reassess passages in the New Testament that deal with intergroup conflict, ethnoracial tension, and power dynamics between dominant and minoritized groups.

    After providing an overview of womanist biblical interpretation and related terminology, Sechrest utilizes an approach she calls “associative hermeneutics” to place select New Testament texts in dialogue with modern-day issues of racial justice. Topics include:

    *antiracist allyship and Jesus’s interaction with marginalized individuals in the Gospel of Matthew

    *cultural assimilation and Jesus’s teachings about family and acceptance in the Gospel of Luke

    *gendered stereotypes and the story of the Samaritan woman in the Gospel of John

    *the experience of Black women and girls in the American criminal justice system and the woman accused of adultery in the Gospel of John

    *group identity and the incorporation of Gentiles into the early Jesus movement in Acts

    *privilege and Paul’s claims to apostolic authority in 2 Corinthians

    *coalition-building between diverse groups and the discussion of unity in Ephesians

    *government’s role in providing social welfare and early Christians’ relationship to the Roman Empire in Romans and Revelation

    Through these creative and illuminating connections, Sechrest offers a rich bounty of new insights from Scripture-drawing out matters of justice and human dignity that spoke to early Christians and can speak still to Christians willing to listen today.

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  • Following Jesus : A Year Of Disciplemaking And Movement-Building In The Gos


    Disciplemaking. Sounds intimidating, doesn’t it? Like something only ordained ministers or trained missionaries can do. But Jesus didn’t go looking for “special forces” followers. He took to the streets, looked everyday people in the eye, and said, simply, “Follow me.”

    Discover how you can join Jesus in making disciples and proclaiming and demonstrating the gospel. Following Jesus draws our attention to the way Jesus built a disciplemaking movement that would reach beyond the immediate context of his earthly ministry, to the ends of the earth and the end of the age.

    Inside are 50 practical guides that can be read over a year. Great for individual use, but optimal for small groups. Also enjoy the free video content on following-jesus.com that complement this study.

    Walk through the Gospels in this sweeping and energizing Bible study and you’ll feel invited, equipped, and excited to bring the good news and make disciples wherever you go.

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  • Faith In The New Testament


    A classic study now available in English

    First appearing in 1885, Schlatter’s Der Glaube im Neuen Testament ( Faith in the New Testament) is a thorough analysis of the concept of faith. Taking into account Old Testament, rabbinic, and key first-century writings, Schlatter provides an exhaustive study on the meaning and implications of faith in the New Testament. It is a philological masterpiece, making its translation into English a great contribution to New Testament theological studies. This fresh translation retains the substance and style of his original work, giving a new audience direct access to Schlatter’s work. Schlatter’s rigorous thought remains invaluable today.

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  • Warrior King Servant Savior


    An exegetical and diachronic survey of messianic texts from the Hebrew Bible and Jewish tradition up through the first millennium CE.

    Jewish messianism can be traced back to the emerging Kingdom of Judah in the tenth century BCE, when it was represented by the Davidic tradition and the promise of a future heir to David’s throne. From that point, it remained an important facet of Israelite faith, as evidenced by its frequent recurrence in the Hebrew Bible and other early Jewish texts. In preexilic texts, the expectation is for an earthly king-a son of David with certain ethical qualities-whereas from the exile onward there is a transition to a pluriform messianism, often with utopic traits.

    Warrior, King, Servant, Savior is an exegetical and diachronic study of messianism in these texts that maintains close dialogue with relevant historical research and archaeological insights. Internationally respected biblical scholar Torleif Elgvin recounts the development and impact of messianism, from ancient Israel through the Hasmonean era and the rabbinic period, with rich chapters exploring messianic expectations in the Northern Kingdom, postexilic Judah, and Qumran, among other contexts. For this multifaceted topic-of marked interest to Jews, Christians, and secular historians of religion alike-Elgvin’s handbook is the essential and definitive guide.

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  • Upside Down Apocalypse


    A peacemaker’s guide to the book of Revelation

    The book of Revelation–which deals on a cosmic scale with good and evil, politics and empire, community and eternity–has intrigued and frustrated readers since it was written. How do we make sense of John’s prophetic vision of cosmic war in light the nonviolence Jesus embodies in the gospels? What does it mean to tell us about Jesus, our world, and the future of all things? As End Times conspiracy theories surge, it’s more important than ever that we read the final book of the Bible without distorting the true message of Jesus.
    In Upside-Down Apocalypse, author Jeremy Duncan draws on biblical scholarship and nonviolent theology to guide readers through the book of Revelation, understanding the vision of John in the light of the Jesus we know through the Gospels–the full revelation of the Divine. Along the way, readers will discover what the writer imagines as he weaves this profound revelation of non-violent triumph and see with fresh eyes how the Prince of Peace turns violence on its head once and for all.

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  • Between Heaven And Earth


    In this book the New Testament scholar Gerhard Lohfink interprets a spectrum of biblical texts, some familiar, others not. He explores them in a spirit of curiosity, questions them insistently, and confronts them with the realities of our present day, from COVID-19 to the inner loneliness experienced by so many.

    In light of central biblical texts Lohfink asks: what would a life look like today if it were wholly in the world and at the same time wholly in God-sweeping joyously between heaven and earth-aware of the immeasurable breadth of the universe and still able to marvel at the tiniest flower-knowing the depths of the human heart and being comforted by a child’s smile.

    This book takes up the colorful threads of many Old and New Testament texts and weaves from them a many-hued tapestry of biblical theology. It reveals things unknown, sheds new light on things known, and is full of surprises. It speaks not only to the curious or the “nones” who want to know more about the Christian message; it is addressed to everyone who senses a desire to understand the Bible better and more deeply.

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  • Upside Down Apocalypse


    A peacemaker’s guide to the book of Revelation

    The book of Revelation–which deals on a cosmic scale with good and evil, politics and empire, community and eternity–has intrigued and frustrated readers since it was written. How do we make sense of John’s prophetic vision of cosmic war in light the nonviolence Jesus embodies in the gospels? What does it mean to tell us about Jesus, our world, and the future of all things? As End Times conspiracy theories surge, it’s more important than ever that we read the final book of the Bible without distorting the true message of Jesus.
    In Upside-Down Apocalypse, author Jeremy Duncan draws on biblical scholarship and nonviolent theology to guide readers through the book of Revelation, understanding the vision of John in the light of the Jesus we know through the Gospels–the full revelation of the Divine. Along the way, readers will discover what the writer imagines as he weaves this profound revelation of non-violent triumph and see with fresh eyes how the Prince of Peace turns violence on its head once and for all.

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  • Marys Voice In The Gospel According To John


    A brilliant scholar of the gospels offers a stunning new translation of the Gospel of John that captures and illuminates the influence and voice of Mary the mother of Jesus–a voice which suffuses and transfigures the original with a mother’s deep and universal compassion and wisdom.

    A New Light on John’s Gospel

    The Gospel according to John has always been recognized as different from the “synoptic” accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

    But what explains the difference?

    In this new translation and verse-byverse commentary, Michael Pakaluk suggests an answer and unlocks a twothousand-year-old mystery. Mary’s Voice in the Gospel according to John reveals the subtle but powerful influence of the Mother of Jesus on the fourth Gospel.

    In his dying words, Jesus committed his Mother to the care of John, the beloved disciple, who “from that hour . . . took her into his own home.” Pakaluk draws out the implications of that detail, which have been overlooked for centuries.

    In Mary’s remaining years on earth, what would she and John have talked about? Surely no subject was as close to their hearts as the words and deeds of Jesus. Mary’s unique perspective and intimate knowledge of her Son must have shaped the account of Jesus’ life that John would eventually compose.

    With the same scholarship, imagination, and fidelity that he applied to Mark’s Gospel in The Memoirs of St. Peter, Pakaluk brings out the voice of Mary in John’s, from the famous prologue about the Incarnation of the Word to the Evangelist’s closing avowal of the reliability of his account.

    This remarkably fresh translation and commentary will deepen your understanding of the most sublime book of the New Testament.

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  • Prophecy


    William Edwy Vine, author of the celebrated Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, was one of the great evangelical Bible scholars of the twentieth century. He brought to all his writings a level of exegetical care and precision that is rare in any age, ensuring his writings still speak to this generation and future ones.

    This volume of Vine’s Topical Commentaries presents Vine’s writings on biblical prophecy, the Second Coming, and last days. The general introduction to the book and specific instructions before each article explain the original context of the writings while demonstrating their significance for today.

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  • Handbook On Hebrews Through Revelation


    A leading evangelical scholar of the New Testament provides an easy-to-navigate resource for studying and understanding Hebrews through Revelation. Written with classroom utility and pastoral application in mind, this accessibly written volume summarizes the content of each major section of the biblical text to help students, pastors, and laypeople quickly grasp the sense of particular passages. The series, modeled after Baker Academic’s successful Old Testament handbook series, focuses primarily on the content of the biblical books without getting bogged down in historical-critical questions or detailed verse-by-verse exegesis.

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  • From Prisoner To Prince


    The story of Joseph is prominent in the book of Genesis and yet is rarely mentioned in the rest of Scripture.

    How then do we understand Joseph’s significance in redemptive history? When Christians have addressed this question, the conversation has frequently turned toward typology: Is Joseph a type of the Messiah?

    Messianic interpretations of the Joseph narrative have often lacked methodological rigor or have simply failed to make a convincing case. Most often interpreters have simply noted historical correspondences between Joseph and Jesus, without considering the narrative’s function in the context of Genesis, its redemptive-historical significance, or its appropriation by later biblical authors.

    In this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, Samuel Emadi offers a more comprehensive canonical treatment of the Joseph narrative. He considers Genesis 37-50 in its own literary and theological context, intra-canonical development of the Joseph story via inner-biblical allusion, and New Testament references and allusions. Emadi defends the notion that Joseph functions as the resolution to the plot of Genesis and that this story typologically influences how later biblical authors narrate redemptive history, culminating in the New Testament’s portrayal of Jesus as an antitypical, new and final Joseph.

    Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.

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  • Biblical Reasoning : Christological And Trinitarian Rules For Exegesis


    Two experts in exegesis and dogmatics show how Christology and the Trinity are grounded in Scripture and how knowledge of these topics is critical for exegesis. The book outlines key theological principles and rules for the exegesis of Christian Scripture, making it an ideal textbook for hermeneutics and interpretation courses. The authors explore how the triune God revealed in Christ shapes Scripture and its readers and how doctrinal rules intrinsic to Scripture help guide exegesis.

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  • Sex Race And The Sovereignty Of God


    John Piper reveals timeless cultural themes in the Old Testament story of Ruth.

    Sex. Race. Scripture. Sovereignty. The book of Ruth doesn’t shy away from addressing them all head on. Though it recounts events from 3,000 years ago, this ancient story of a poor widow seeking protection in a foreign land holds surprising relevance for Christians in the twenty-first century. In Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God (previously titled A Sweet and Bitter Providence), John Piper explores unchanging truths and inspiring hope in the life of Ruth.

    Topical: Dives into cultural issues including biblical examples of manhood and womanhood, ethnic diversity and harmony, and God’s mysterious purposes in suffering

    Understand God’s Providence in Ruth’s Story: Follows her mother-in-law Naomi’s anguish and loss, Ruth’s relationship with Boaz, and her family’s ultimate lineage to David

    Study Key Biblical Themes: Explains the sovereignty of God, the sexual nature of humanity, the gospel of God’s mercy for the undeserving, and the glory of God’s grace

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  • Paul Then And Now


    Reckoning with the hermeneutical struggle to make sense of Paul as both a historical figure and a canonical muse

    Matthew Novenson has become a leading voice advocating for the continuing relevance of historical-critical readings of Paul even as some New Testament scholars have turned to purely theological or political approaches. In this collection of a decade’s worth of essays, Novenson puts contextual understandings of Paul’s letters into conversation with their Christian reception history. After a new, programmatic introductory essay that frames the other eleven essays, Novenson explores topics including:

    *the relation between theology and historical criticism
    *the place of Jews and gentiles in Paul’s gospel
    *Paul’s relation to Judaism
    *the relevance of messianism to Paul’s Christology
    *Paul’s eschatology in relation to ancient Jewish eschatologies
    *the aptness of monotheism as a category for understanding antiquity
    *the reception of Paul by diverse early Christian writers
    *the peculiar place of Protestantism in the modern study of Paul
    *the debate over the recent Paul-within-Judaism movement
    *anti-Judaism in modern New Testament scholarship
    *disputes over Romans and Galatians
    *the meta-question of what it would mean to get Paul right or wrong

    Engaging with numerous schools of thought in Pauline studies-Augustinian, Lutheran, New Perspective, apocalyptic, Paul-within-Judaism, religious studies, and more-while also rising above partisan disputes between schools, Novenson illuminates the ancient Mediterranean context of Paul’s letters, their complicated afterlives in the history of interpretation, and the hermeneutical struggle to make sense of it all.

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  • After The Rapture


    What if you or someone you loved missed out on the Rapture? What happens to those who are left behind? Trusted and beloved Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah shares the help and hope people will need as they face unfolding events during the End Times.

    From one of the world’s most beloved Bible teachers comes a timely, easy-to-understand guidebook about the Rapture and End Times and how to prepare yourself and your loved ones.

    In After the Rapture Dr. David Jeremiah equips you to understand End-Times theology and Bible prophecy. Many people want to understand how the Rapture unfolds, and this is the perfect handbook to share with your unsaved friends and loved ones so they can prepare themselves before or cope with the challenges they’ll face after the Rapture. With trusted biblical insight, this book will provide the hope and confidence you need and can share with your loved ones.

    This life-changing book includes:
    *End Times, Rapture, Judgment Day, and Great Tribulation sections
    *Guidance for preparing your heart
    *How to share with loved ones
    *Life application to strengthen understanding
    *Highlighted questions and answers
    *Relevant Scripture verses

    An epic and vital guide to life after the Rapture, this book is a must-have resource for you to buy for those you fear might be left behind. Help your loved ones understand the End Times and guide them to accept Christ as their Savior.

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  • Biblical Reasoning : Christological And Trinitarian Rules For Exegesis


    Two experts in exegesis and dogmatics show how Christology and the Trinity are grounded in Scripture and how knowledge of these topics is critical for exegesis. The book outlines key theological principles and rules for the exegesis of Christian Scripture, making it an ideal textbook for hermeneutics and interpretation courses. The authors explore how the triune God revealed in Christ shapes Scripture and its readers and how doctrinal rules intrinsic to Scripture help guide exegesis.

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  • Discovering The New Testament Volume 3


    Discovering the New Testament is a new and comprehensive introduction to the New Testament in three volumes, reflecting current research and scholarship in New Testament studies. Each volume provides a thorough discussion of background issues as well as treating theological themes and practical application.

    In this third volume, Mark J. Keown surveys Hebrews, the General Epistles, and Revelation. In addition to covering introductory matters, Keown addresses key concerns for each book, such as the use of the Old Testament in Hebrews, James’s view of justification, the relationship of 2 Peter and Jude, and Revelation’s various interpretative approaches.

    Ideal for college or seminary students, Discovering the New Testament provides numerous maps and charts as well as discussion questions for each chapter and a focus on real–life relevance and application.

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  • Knowable Word : Helping Ordinary People Learn To Study The Bible


    Building on the foundation of the first edition of Knowable Word, released in 2014, this second edition offers further help on following an author’s argument, identifying the weightiest segment of a passage, and thereby discovering the main points more clearly. In addition, new material has been added on the topics of literary form, structure, and context.

    Knowable Word offers a foundation on why and how to study the Bible. Using a running study of the first chapter of Genesis, it illustrates how to observe, interpret, and apply the Scripture-and gives the vision behind each step. It also shows how to read each Bible passage in light of salvation history. But besides being just a how-to on Bible study, it fuels the desire to learn and grow through studying the Scriptures.

    This book will appeal to beginners, mature Christians who want to improve their Bible study skills, and leaders who long not only to teach but also to equip.

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  • Sowable Word : Helping Ordinary People Learn To Lead Bible Studies


    When the word of Christ falls on good soil, the results will astound. That’s why there’s a surprising glory in leading a group of ordinary people to simply open their Bibles, read what’s on the page, and discuss how God might use these words to change the world. Yet too many small group leaders hesitate to try such a method without professional guidance from a curriculum or study guide. This book will inspire and equip believers in Christ to lead fruitful and engaging small groups where God’s Word is read, discussed, and put to direct use to transform lives. This book will equip leaders to open the valve on this living water so thirsty souls can drink their fill.

    Perhaps you’ve begun to learn how to study the Bible for yourself, and you’ve wondered whether you could competently lead others in Bible study. This book provides the vision and skills you need to start a group, develop good preparation habits, conduct a persuasive discussion, and shepherd group members through what they’re learning.

    This book will serve lay leaders and Bible teachers who have any degree of experience. Some will gain confidence to lead their first Bible study that brings a neighbor to Christ. Others will learn to draw more deeply on the power of interaction, thereby overcoming their penchant for dominating conversations. All will discover the surprising glory and astounding fruit borne from leading a group of ordinary people to open their Bibles, read what’s on the page, and discuss how God might use these words to change the world.

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  • Pentateuch : From Genesis To Deuteronomy


    God the Creator reveals his true nature in the first five books of the Bible.

    While the broader story of the Bible–how God takes the first steps in reconciling the world–is known to many Christians, careful readers of the Pentateuch still have many questions. The first five books of the Bible are filled with violence, oppression, and human suffering. The story of the origin of the Jewish nation is one of hardship and loss. The Transforming Word series doesn’t shy away from any of the details but will encourage you to examine the Scriptures more closely and discover the God who sustains everything.

    This commentary series draws from the best in recent scholarship and is designed for the everyday student of the Bible who is looking for an up-to-date, go-to resource as they read and study.

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  • Rethinking The Dates Of The New Testament


    This paradigm-shifting study is the first book-length investigation into the compositional dates of the New Testament to be published in over 40 years. It argues that, with the notable exception of the undisputed Pauline Epistles, most New Testament texts were composed 20 to 30 years earlier than is typically supposed by contemporary biblical scholars. What emerges is a revised view of how quickly early Christians produced what became the seminal texts for their new movement.

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  • In The Fullness Of Time


    An Exegetical Study of the Book of Acts and Pauline Theology

    Christians meticulously research the apostle Paul, but often skip a crucial starting point: the foundations of his deeply nuanced theology. Some studies on the book of Acts attempt to touch on every major theme in Paul’s letters, making them difficult to understand or prone to leaving out important nuances. Christians need a biblical, theological, and exegetically grounded framework to thoroughly understand Paul’s theology.

    In this book, Richard B. Gaffin Jr. gives readers an accessible introduction to Acts and Paul. Building on a lifetime of study, Gaffin teaches on topics including the redemptive-historical significance of Pentecost; eschatology; and the fulfillment of redemptive history in the death and resurrection of Christ. In the Fullness of Time is an exegetical “textbook” for pastors, students, and lay leaders seeking to learn more about Acts and Paul from a Reformed and evangelical perspective.

    Explores the Foundations of Paul’s Theology: Offers a nuanced look at the core of Paul’s thinking

    Wide-Ranging Audience: A valuable study for pastors, theology students, and lay leaders

    Thorough Yet Accessible: An in-depth look at Pauline theology that’s accessible to readers

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  • Revealing Revelation Workbook


    Approach Revelation with Clarity and Confidence

    This companion workbook to Revealing Revelation-the product of many years of careful research in Bible prophecy-offers you a clear and exciting overview of God’s perfect plan for the future. Inside you’ll find…

    *principles from the Bible that equip you to better interpret the end-times signs and occurrences Revelation describes

    *explorations of other key prophecy passages in Scripture that bring clarity to the teachings in Revelation

    *insights that provide you with practical wisdom about how the message of Bible prophecy is relevant to your life today

    There’s no time like right now to prepare for your everlasting future! The Revealing Revelation Workbook will give you a clearer picture of the fascinating, enigmatic final book of the Bible.

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  • Revealing Revelation : How God’s Plans For The Future Can Change Your Life


    God Wants Us to Know How It Ends

    Revelation is the only book of the Bible that promises a blessing for its readers. It was written because God wants us to know what the future holds and how these prophetic truths provide wisdom, reassurance, and discernment for today–more so now than ever.

    From bestselling author Amir Tsarfati, Revealing Revelation examines what the Bible’s final book makes known about the end times and beyond. With accessible teaching that allows Scripture to speak for itself, you’ll take a closer look at the:

    *timeline of God’s plan for both believers and unbelievers before, during, and after the tribulation

    *process that the Lord has uniquely and intentionally prepared for Israel in the end times

    *encouragements, challenges, and warnings Jesus gave to prepare us for His return

    Revealing Revelation will inspire you to look at the days to come with hope and excitement as you realize that this final book of the Bible is Jesus’ love letter to the church. Get ready to grow stronger in your faith as you celebrate Christ’s soon return and the magnificent eternity He has promised you.

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  • Foreshadows : 12 Megaclues That Jesus’ Return Is Nearer Than Ever


    “‘Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.'”
    –Matthew 24:42

    In Matthew 24, Jesus gives His disciples a profound, detailed description of what will happen during the end times prior to His return. As we strive to follow His command to keep watch, how can we know that we are drawing nearer to that day?

    Foreshadows explores 12 major trends that point toward the ever-nearing of earth’s final days–and how these trends reveal God’s breathtaking love, faithfulness, wisdom, and strength. As you read, you will…

    *identify events happening in today’s world that align with prophecies described in the Bible

    *discern between the prophetic truths God reveals in His Word and the common misbeliefs about the end times based on speculation

    *look with confidence and rejoicing toward the future God has promised you

    Foreshadows will inspire you to be filled with hope as God holds our chaotic world firmly within His control. Behind the scenes, He is at work–setting the stage for Christ’s return and the glorious future that follows!

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  • Non Prophets Guide To Prophecy For Young People


    This funny and fact-filled exploration explains to preteens what Bible prophecy is, why it is so important, who the prophets were, and a whole lot more.

    Bible prophecy for kids? Sounds crazy, right? Maybe not. The fulfilled and future prophecies contained in Scripture are more mind-blowing than any superhero story or action-packed adventure…because they are 100% true!

    Young readers will join the Non-Prophet and his pet frog Plague on comical capers that illuminate the basics of Bible prophecy and apologetics through fun factoids and awesome infographics. Preteens will gain a greater appreciation for God’s Word and a deeper understanding of His exciting plans for their lives.

    God’s awesome promises are waiting for your child to discover!

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  • On Purpose : Understanding Gods Freedom For Women Through Scripture


    Many Christian women are torn between how the church has taught traditional gender roles and the liberty they see secular society afford to women. But what if the church’s conventional teachings on the place of women aren’t really biblical at all?

    On Purpose is a serious study on the verses in the Bible that have often been interpreted to define the role of women in the church, at home, and in the workplace. Each chapter focuses on a single passage, considering what it meant to the original recipients, understanding each author’s intent, and applying its true meaning in today’s cultural setting. With each chapter, Julie Coleman thoroughly reveals how the timeless principles in the Bible actually teach freedom for women. In fact, when rightly understood, these verses are a wake-up call that we are handicapping the church’s role on earth by limiting women unnecessarily. Instead, men and women should be working side by side for the advancement of the kingdom of God.

    Written without anger or judgment, and with no agenda but to delve deep into the Bible, On Purpose is an enlightening study offering a fresh, scriptural perspective. It’s time to set women free to answer God’s call on their lives–and set the church free to function the way God truly desires.

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  • Luke : Who Do You Say I Am


    Luke is perhaps most well known for telling the story of the birth of Jesus in a way that is distinct from the other Gospel accounts. But Luke has other particularities too and, as an account of the life and ministry of Jesus, is rich with theological meaning, cultural background, and implications for contemporary application. This volume of the Shaped by Scripture series offers insights on the birth of Jesus, the beginning of his ministry, the coming of God’s kingdom, the teachings and miracles of Jesus, and the resurrection?all from the singular perspective of the Gospel writer called Luke. A faithful reading of God’s Word leads to a faithful response from God’s people. The Shaped by Scripture series teaches a simple, engaging method of studying the Bible that will lead to honest interpretation and a changed relationship with God.

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  • Saint John And The Apocalypse


    One of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries is the Book of Revelation. The faithful
    have tried to decode the meaning of the Apocalypse for centuries. Finally, here
    is the accessible book you need to assist you in reflecting upon the epic battle it
    contains and its reverberations. The prophecies of St. John the Evangelist brought
    dire warnings not just to the pagan culture and lukewarm faithful of his time, but also
    exhort our blasphemous society and apathetic believers today.

    Learn about events that were foretold and have taken place, as well as prophecies
    that await fulfillment. Be amazed at how the mystical experiences of St. John lead
    us to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the holy sacrifice of the Mass,
    worship, and adoration of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Amidst
    rebukes for immorality, the Apocalypse also contains an invitation: remain faithful
    and your name will be written in the Book of Life, you will partake in the wedding
    feast of the Lamb.

    In St. John and the Apocalypse, C.C. Martindale, S.J. elucidates historical and
    theological interpretations of the Apocalypse, from Roman times to present.
    He synthesizes and outlines the structure of Revelation, while reflecting upon its
    essence as the inspired word of God, its literary value, and influences.

    Unpack the significance of the number seven throughout the Apocalypse and
    the import of the seven seals, cities, mysteries, angels, lampstands, plagues, and
    trumpets. Understand the meaning of 666, the reign of “a thousand years,” and the
    battle between the Woman and the Dragon more deeply.

    You will recognize how St. John’s prophecies in the Apocalypse transcend Old
    Testament prophecies. Fr. Martindale will guide you in cross-referencing parallel
    passages and pondering the magnitude of their meaning.

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  • Present Evil Active God


    Can we truly believe God is active and good amidst such rampant evil? Are there satisfying answers as to why our creator has allowed so much evil to flourish?

    We tend to believe either God must not be loving or must not be actively involved. Yet throughout history, believers and nonbelievers alike have pressed forward to respond to this great challenge at the core of all life. From Lenin, to Mao and Hitler, to Tolstoy, Gandhi, and MLK Jr., adjunct professor of biblical studies Jered Gritters details how some of the worst evil has not prevented the greatest solution the world has ever seen from having its impact.

    Applying the Sermon on the Mount, an all-important relational approach demonstrates how anyone can help to solve the problem of evil in any time or place. With empirical evidence backed up by history and a biblical foundation, the existence of evil is shown not to be the unsolvable conundrum many tend to think it is. Solidly researched and carefully translated, Gritters collects the historical theology and philosophy to demonstrate how God is actively pursuing a solution to evil and inviting us to participate with him in it.

    Exploring why God allowed evil in the first place, Present Evil, Active God brings fuller context and needed synthesis to what God has always been doing–deeply engaging in bringing about his intended solution to our inescapable struggle with evil. In the end, those with eyes to see will recognize with new clarity the masterful plan designed to satisfy our existential crisis once and for all.

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  • Mysteries Of The Apocalypse


    Inspired by the complimentary feature film documentary series, The 7 Churches of Revelation, The Mysteries of the Apocalypse by Jean-Marc Thobois and Christophe Hanauer looks at the book of Revelation through the lens of biblical history, archaeology, and culture, giving readers a more accurate-and fascinating-understanding of the end times.

    The book of Revelation, written by the Apostle John, opens with a set of seven letters sent to a community of seven churches located in present-day Turkey.

    The term apocalypse has acquired a negative connotation over the centuries that has taken it away from its original meaning to evoke a cataclysmic and destructive event. This word has become popular for the wrong reasons. In Ancient Greek, it means a disclosure or revelation of great knowledge.

    The first key to better understand the mysteries of the prophecies of Revelation is to refer to Old Testament scriptures. In order to understand the New Testament, one should ask how the people of Israel understood and interpreted the teachings of Jesus and the apostles in their day.

    The second key is to consider the historical and political context of the time of writing of the text. In the first century, the Roman Empire persecuted, sometimes with extreme violence, the followers of Jesus Christ.

    Finally, the third key proposed is to regard the book of Revelation as a sort of synthesis, a summary of eschatological prophecies present throughout the Bible.

    Far from claiming to provide absolute truth, these three major keys help to decipher the true meaning of the text and better grasp its allusions and other symbolisms. Thus history, archeology, and culture anchor the book in reality. This unveiling gives context that speaks with great interest to our generation.

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  • Jesus Christ : A Study Of God


    As we see before us a world getting darker and darker, Christians sense an urgency to strengthen our faith, knowing in whom we believe. This study focuses on Jesus Christ, the Son of God, that we might see the invisible and know the unknowable God of heaven. A multitude of names and titles are found in both the Old and the New Testaments. They show a progressive revelation of the Son of God, and of our heavenly Father. We look into the Greek and Hebrew origins to discover amazing truths not seen in the English translation, and bring clarity to the language of the King James Bible (1611), the best expression of God’s Word available to us. A fascinating study for the Christian who wants to look deeper into the Word of God.

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  • Let My People Live


    Let My People Live reengages the narrative of Exodus through a critical, life-affirming Africana hermeneutic that seeks to create and sustain a vision of not just the survival but the thriving of Black communities. While the field of biblical studies has habitually divided “objective” interpretations from culturally informed ones, Kenneth Ngwa argues that doing interpretive work through an activist, culturally grounded lens rightly recognizes how communities of readers actively shape the priorities of any biblical interpretation. In the Africana context, communities whose identities were made disposable by the forces of empire and colonialism-both in Africa and in the African diaspora across the globe-likewise suffered the stripping away of the right to interpretation, of both sacred texts and of themselves. Ngwa shows how an Africana approach to the biblical text can intervene in this narrative of breakage, as a mode of resistance. By emphasizing the irreducible life force and resources nurtured in the Africana community, which have always preceded colonial oppression, the Africana hermeneutic is able to stretch from the past into the future to sustain and support generations to come.

    Ngwa reimagines the Exodus story through this framework, elaborating the motifs of the narrative as they are shaped by Africana interpretative values and approaches that identify three animating threats in the story: erasure (undermining the community’s very existence), alienation (separating from the space of home and from the ecosystem), and singularity (holding up the individual over the collective). He argues that what he calls “badass womanism”-an intergenerational and interregional life force and epistemology of the people embodied in the midwives, Miriam, the Egyptian princess, and other female figures in the story-have challenged these threats. He shows how badass womanist triple consciousness creates, and is informed by, communal approaches to hermeneutics that emphasize survival over erasure, integration over alienation, and multiplicity over singularity. This triple consciousness surfaces throughout the Exodus narrative and informs the narrative portraits of other characters, including Moses and Yahweh. As the Hebrew people navigate the exodus journey, Ngwa investigates how these forces of oppression and resistance shift and take new shapes across the geographies of Egypt, the wilderness, and the mountain area preceding their passage into the promised land. Fo

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  • Serve : The Core Mission Of The Body Of Christ: Six Studies In Nehemiah


    Having been thrust into crisis and confusion, the Church is entering a season of change. Together, we need to restore, renew and rebuild. Nehemiah shows us how.

    We need to restore our hearts, asking God to break our hearts for what breaks his. We need to renew our focus, allowing God to give us vision for the full ministry of Jesus. And we need to rebuild our world, looking out to the community around us.

    Through six insightful Bible studies, Debra Green shows us how to practically apply the age-old wisdom of Nehemiah to the cultural moment we find ourselves in today.

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  • Rethinking The Dates Of The New Testament


    This paradigm-shifting study is the first book-length investigation into the compositional dates of the New Testament to be published in over 40 years. It argues that, with the notable exception of the undisputed Pauline Epistles, most New Testament texts were composed 20 to 30 years earlier than is typically supposed by contemporary biblical scholars. What emerges is a revised view of how quickly early Christians produced what became the seminal texts for their new movement.

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  • From Paradise To The Promised Land


    This accessibly written textbook has been a popular introduction to the Pentateuch for over twenty-five years. It identifies the major themes of the first five books of the Bible and offers an overview of their contents. Unlike some academic studies, it focuses on how the books from Genesis to Deuteronomy form a continuous story that provides an important foundation for understanding the whole Bible. This new edition has been substantially updated throughout to reflect the author’s refined judgments and to address the future of pentateuchal studies.

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  • From Paradise To The Promised Land Fourth Edition


    This accessibly written textbook has been a popular introduction to the Pentateuch for over twenty-five years. It identifies the major themes of the first five books of the Bible and offers an overview of their contents. Unlike some academic studies, it focuses on how the books from Genesis to Deuteronomy form a continuous story that provides an important foundation for understanding the whole Bible. This new edition has been substantially updated throughout to reflect the author’s refined judgments and to address the future of pentateuchal studies.

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  • Good Samaritan : Luke 10 For The Life Of The Church


    The story of the good Samaritan in Luke 10 is one of Jesus’s most well-known parables. It continues to fascinate readers for its powerful imagery and ethical significance.

    In this exposition, New Testament scholar Emerson Powery shows how this classic and beloved text can speak afresh to the life of the church today. Powery explains that in every generation, followers of Jesus need to be reminded that mercy is a natural consequence of faith. Jesus’s parable of the good Samaritan emphasizes this point in a dramatic way by placing an “enemy” as the central hero of the story. Powery explores diverse interpretations of the good Samaritan, carefully investigates this parable within the theology of the Gospel of Luke, and connects the parable to contemporary events. The book encourages readers to think through the ethical implications of this story for their own context.

    The Touchstone Texts series addresses key Bible passages, making high-quality biblical scholarship accessible for the church. The series editor is Stephen B. Chapman, Duke Divinity School.

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  • Texts Of Terror 40th Anniversary Edition


    In this seminal work of biblical studies, renowned scholar Phyllis Trible focuses on four variations on the theme of terror in the Bible. By combining the discipline of literary criticism with the hermeneutics of feminism, she reinterprets the tragic stories of four women in ancient Israel: Hagar, Tamar, an unnamed concubine, and the daughter of Jephthah. In highlighting the silence, absence, and opposition of God, as well as human cruelty, Trible shows how these neglected stories–interpreted in memoriam–challenge both the misogyny of Scripture and its use in church, synagogue, and academy.

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  • Old Made New


    Many Bible readers have difficulty understanding the Old Testament’s connection to the New Testament, and some even believe it’s obsolete in light of God’s new covenant. In reality, New Testament writers alluded to earlier books of the Bible roughly 300-400 times. The Old Testament isn’t outdated; it’s critical to understanding the rest of Scripture.

    In Old Made New, Greg Lanier explains how New Testament authors used the Old Testament to communicate the gospel and present the person and work of Jesus. He also explains what the Old Testament teaches Christians today about the church’s identity and ethics. Writing for a broad range of readers, Lanier distills thorough research into simple, descriptive examples and tips. His 3-step method explains how to identify and explore an Old Testament passage and see how it’s “remixed” in the New Testament to thoughtfully engage with Scripture.

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  • 50 Final Events In World History


    How much do you know about the end of the world?

    In The 50 Final Events in World History, beloved and respected pastor Robert J. Morgan takes readers on a journey through end-times prophecy, walking step-by-step through the end of the world to the dawn of the new kingdom of heaven.

    Heard of worldwide pandemics? Weapons of mass destruction flashing through the air? Global water and air contamination? The nation of Israel restored after 2,000 years, encircled by hostile nations and buffered by the nation of Jordan? Air evacuations with machines having two wings? Threats from Russia and Asia? Extremism in Turkey? Clamor for globalization? Hand implants for commerce and security? The gospel penetrating unreached places? Violent persecution? Cascading wickedness? The world falling apart?
    All of this is predicted in the book of Revelation.

    If you find yourself baffled and maybe even a little intimidated by end times and the book of Revelation, The 50 Final Events in World History will be a:

    *comprehensive yet easy-to-understand overview of the book of Revelation,
    *resource you can turn to again and again,
    *helpful tool that translates the events of Revelation both literally and sequentially, and
    *guide to interpret present circumstances as well as future events.

    Revelation is the Bible’s final words on the world’s last days. The key is understanding its simple sequence of events-one after another, clearly laid out­-the fifty final events in world history.

    This is information we need to know now since we might soon be on the doorstep of event #1.

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  • Godly Kings Of Judah


    What will your legacy be?

    Long ago, God’s people were divided into two kingdoms. The land of Judah–with Jerusalem as its capital–was led by twenty kings, only eight of whom were good. Not even half! What does that tell you? That it’s hard to follow God to the end and leave a legacy that’s remembered well.

    Bible teacher Cynthia Cavanaugh wants you to meet the good kings of Judah who earned a reputation for godliness and received the Lord’s favor. Though their names aren’t well known to us, their examples should be celebrated. Cynthia takes you deep into the Word of God, heading into the often-overlooked corners of 1-2 Kings and 1-2 Chronicles to uncover these ancient rulers whose lives–full of ups and downs–have hidden lessons for us today.

    In The Godly Kings of Judah, you’ll embark on an 8-week Bible study that leads you through a process of repentance, renewal, and revival. The Old Testament kings will be your companions as you fight the Lord’s battles, topple the idols that claw at our hearts, and bring reformation to the holy people of God. Don’t miss out on this exciting adventure! Because when all is said and done, you want the legacy of the godly kings to be your own as well: “She did what was right in the Lord’s eyes.”

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  • Ruth Esther : Your God Will Be My God


    As the only two books to bear women’s names, Ruth and Esther are unique in the Bible. They are also part of a minority of biblical books in which God does not directly speak or make overt appearances but works behind the scenes, through faithful followers, to communicate the will and love of God. Ruth and Esther tell very different stories, but they share in common a few key themes that are important for Christians today, including: the sovereignty of God; the ability of God to provide; the radical and inclusive love of God; and the way God’s followers can love God by loving neighbor and, by loving neighbor, reveal God’s love to the world. Journey through the uncommon lives of Ruth and Esther in order to find your own place in the story of God.

    A faithful reading of God’s Word leads to a faithful response from God’s people. The Shaped by Scripture series teaches a simple, engaging method of studying the Bible that will lead to honest interpretation and a changed relationship with God.

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  • Pauline Epistles


    Many readers may agree with Peter in his second epistle, that Paul’s letters are “hard to understand” and easily distort (3:15-16, NIV). But as David Ackerman in this latest Reading and Interpreting the Bible volume expertly shows, a proper approach to interpretation will yield rich rewards. Ackerman introduces readers to the social world of Paul, his life, and his mission. The reader learns about competing religions, the structure of ancient letters, rhetorical devices, and the pastoral purposes of Paul’s writing. With clear explanations and illustrations using challenging texts, the reader is equipped with the tools needed to separate the timeless from the time-bound and to bridge the gap between Paul’s world and ours.

    Reading the Bible with understanding is challenging. Without sound guidance, making sense of the different literary types, settings, and cultures found in the Scriptures can be overwhelming. The Reading and Interpreting the Bible Series opens the door to a proper and accessible method of biblical interpretation. Each volume concentrates on a specific literary type found in the Bible, highlighting its features and function. Social, political, and religious settings are examined, and a critical analysis of the biblical text brings to light its message and relevance for today. Readers will find in these volumes numerous illustrations of how to interpret specific texts, which can be used as a pattern for individual or group Bible studies.

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  • Returning From The Abyss


    The Pivotal Moments in the Old Testament series helps readers see Scripture with new eyes, highlighting short, key texts-pivotal moments-that shift our expectations and invite us to turn toward another reality transformed by God’s purposes and action.

    The book of Jeremiah tells the story of a prophetic mission that seems doomed to fail. God instructs Jeremiah to call to account a people who refuse to turn from their unfaithfulness until it is too late, and they encounter destruction at the hands of the Babylonians. Yet underlying the themes of warning and judgment is a steady refrain: God’s desire to draw God’s people back into covenant, even when things seem past the point of no return. What lessons can contemporary readers draw from the narrative of a stubborn people who cling to their exploitative ways and a God who, even so, relentlessly pursues them? In Returning from the Abyss, Walter Brueggemann explores the historical and literary context of the book of Jeremiah to illuminate the dual themes of Israel’s long walk into, and out of, the trauma and devastation of exile.

    Throughout, Brueggemann points out the role of the prophet in overturning a people’s illusory sense of security in unjust structures that are not of God and leading those same people toward the hope of restoration and return. He also highlights the persistent themes of empire, self-sufficiency, and withholding from neighbor that inform the narratives of both Israel and “American exceptionalism” and examines how the holiness of God is at work in untamed historical processes that point us toward a costly hope for a just economic and political future.

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  • Old Testament Exegesis Fifth Edition


    For years, Douglas Stuart’s Old Testament Exegesis has been one of the most popular ways to learn how to perform exegesis-the science and art of interpreting biblical texts properly for understanding as well as proclamation. This new edition includes a major revision and expansion of online and other resources for doing biblical research and updates past editions by including a helpful configuration of the format for the exegesis process. Stuart provides guidance for full exegesis as well as for a quicker approach specifically tailored to the task of preaching. A glossary of terms explains the sometimes-bewildering language of biblical scholarship, and a list of frequent errors guides the student in avoiding common mistakes. No exegetical guide for the Old Testament has been more widely used in training ministers and students to be faithful, careful interpreters of Scripture.

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  • Caesar And The Church



    Since the arrival of Covid-19, governments around the world have been imposing mandates, lockdowns, and other restrictions. Churches were told to close, or, if they could remain open, to do so outside, or with masks, or social distancing, or without singing, or in limited numbers, or even all of the above. And yet despite that the response from churches has been incredibly varied.

    CAESAR AND THE CHURCH takes us on a brief overview through the biblical teaching on authority, and in particular how it relates to the relationship between Caesar (that is, civil government) and the Church.

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  • Introducing The Pseudepigrapha Of Second Temple Judaism


    2020 Center for Biblical Studies Book Award (Reference Works)

    This book introduces readers to a much-neglected and misunderstood assortment of Jewish writings from around the time of the New Testament. Dispelling mistaken notions of
    “falsely attributed writings” that are commonly inferred from the designation “pseudepigrapha,”

    Daniel Gurtner demonstrates the rich indebtedness these works exhibit to the traditions and scriptures of Israel’s past. In surveying many of the most important works, Introducing the Pseudepigrapha of Second Temple Judaism shows how the pseudepigrapha are best appreciated in their own varied contexts rather than as mere “background” to early Christianity or emerging rabbinic Judaism. Foreword by Loren T. Stuckenbruck.

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  • Hidden Order Of Intimacy


    The image of the Golden Calf haunts the commentaries that thread through Leviticus. This catastrophic episode, in which the Israelites (freed from Egyptian slavery and forty days after their momentous encounter with God at Mount Sinai) worship a pagan idol while Moses is receiving the Torah from God on the mountaintop, gives the mostly legalistic text a unique depth and resonance. According to midrashic tradition, the post-traumatic effects of the sin of the Golden Calf linger through the generations, the sin to be “paid off” in small increments through time. Post-biblical perspectives view this as the diffusion of punishment, as well as a way of addressing the on-going phenomenon of idolatry itself.

    These after-effects of the Golden Calf incident are imaginatively explored in Avivah Zornberg’s magnificent textual analysis. She brings the rabbis of the Talmud, medieval commentators, Hasidic scholars, philosophers, psychoanalysts, and literary masters–from Aristotle and Rashi to the Baal Shem Tov, Franz Rosenzweig, Sigmund Freud, and George Eliot–into her pathbreaking discussion of the nature of reward and punishment, good and evil, Eros and Thanatos, and humankind’s intricate and ever-fascinating encounter with the divine.

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  • Render Unto Caesar


    The revered Bible scholar and author of The Historical Jesus explores the Christian culture wars–the debates over church and state–from a biblical perspective, exploring the earliest tensions evident in the New Testament, and offering a way forward for Christians today.

    Leading Bible scholar John Dominic Crossan, the author of the pioneering work The Historical Jesus, provides new insight into the Christian culture wars which began in the New Testament and persist strongly today.

    For decades, Americans have been divided on how Christians should relate to government and lawmakers, a dispute that has impacted every area of society and grown more rancorous over the past forty years. But as Crossan makes clear, this debate isn’t new; it can be found in the New Testament itself, most notably in the tensions between Luke-Acts and Revelations.

    In the texts of Luke-Acts, Rome is considered favorably. In the book of Revelations, Rome is seen as the embodiment of evil in the world. Yet there is an alternative to these two extremes, Crossan explains. The historical Jesus and Paul, the earliest Christian teachers, were both strongly opposed to Rome, yet neither demonized the Empire.

    Crossan sees in Jesus and Paul’s approach a model for Christians today that can be used to cut through the acrimony and polarization roiling our society and dividing us.

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  • Case For Heaven Young Readers Edition


    Is heaven real? What is it really like? Award-winning author Lee Strobel tracked down the evidence and provides answers to the questions children 8-12 ask about both heaven and hell in this young reader’s edition of The Case for Heaven that is perfect for teaching your child about the biblical evidence for eternal life.

    Every child wonders at some point what happens after we die-especially after the loss of a pet, a grandparent, or another loved one. Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ) understands your child’s questions, and presents a kid-friendly examination of the evidence for heaven, packed full of research that:

    *Helps readers 8-12 understand the biblical, historical, and contemporary facts about the afterlife in a logical and easy-to-follow way

    *Explains what happens after we die

    *Explores what heaven and hell are really like, based on tested biblical truths

    *Presents what it means to have eternal life

    The Case for Heaven Young Reader’s Edition is perfect for:
    *Sunday school and homeschool education
    *Comforting kids 8-12 following a death, and reassuring those experiencing grief
    *Unpacking biblical principles in a way anyone can understand

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  • Philippians A Biblical Study


    Internationally renowned author and Bible teacher Joyce Meyer provides a close study on Philippians, emphasizing the true joy that comes from serving others through Christ.

    Paul’s letter to the people at Philippi serves as a reminder that if we search for joy in possessions, places, or people, we will always come up short. True, lasting joy comes only through faith in Jesus Christ, living in harmony with His followers, and serving others in the name of Christ. The life lived by the Philippians is still attainable today. In her comprehensive approach, Joyce Meyer takes a deep dive into well-known and beloved verses, identifying key truths and incorporating room for personal reflection.

    Joyce’s Philippians provides a key study tool that will help you develop a stronger relationship with God. If you take time to examine His word, you’ll see how much He loves you and how much He desires that you live a joyful, content life on earth!

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  • Literarily : How Understanding Bible Genres Transforms Bible Study


    Don’t just read the Bible literally–read it Literarily.

    A lot of times, we treat Scripture like it’s all the same from Genesis to Revelation. After all, it only has one Author. Isn’t it just one big book, identical from beginning to end?

    While it’s true that the Bible is unified, it is also diverse. The Bible can be grouped according to key categories, called genres, that help us to read and properly interpret the Scriptures. An understanding of these genres, and the literary themes and devices used within them, makes all the difference when encountering God’s Word.

    Long-time Bible teacher Kristie Anyabwile discovered as she prepared her lessons that a single inductive approach doesn’t do justice to the variety of genres that make up the Word of God. Because Scripture is a collection of writings that spans 1,500 years, many literary styles are represented and each must be taken into account for the fullest understanding of God’s Word. Kristie shows you the immense value of studying the Bible literarily–that is, according to the literary style presented in a particular book, chapter, or passage. In Literarily, Kristie will take you through these eight distinct genres:


    The Bible is an epic story that God has revealed to us through diverse genres and literary features. Its message and method are both meant to transform our hearts. Our goal as interpreters isn’t to meld the Scriptures into a bland conglomerate, but to recognize the multiple forms in which God’s Word comes to us. In so doing, we’ll encounter the ongoing story of Jesus’s redemption and learn how He calls His people to live in our complex world today.

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  • Mysteries Of The Messiah


    Now available in trade paper! Are you settling for half the story? Highlighting connections that have been hidden from non-Jewish eyes, Rabbi Jason Sobel will connect the dots between the Old and New Testament, helping you see the Bible with clarity as God intended.

    Most people–even people of faith–do not understand how the Bible fits together. Too many Christians accept half an inheritance, content to embrace merely the New Testament, while Jewish people may often experience the same by embracing only the Old Testament. But God has an intricate plan and purpose for both the Old and the New.

    In Mysteries of the Messiah, Rabbi Jason Sobel reveals the many connections in Scripture hidden in plain sight. Known for his emphatic declaration “but there’s more!” he guides us in seeing the passion and purpose of the Messiah. Mysteries of the Messiah:

    *uncovers connections between the Old and New Testaments,

    *connects the dots for readers with details about Jesus, the Torah, and biblical characters, and

    *is written with the unique perspective of a rabbi with an evangelical theological degree.

    No matter how many times you have read the Bible, Mysteries of the Messiah will bring fresh perspective and insight. God’s Word, written by many people over thousands of years, is not a random selection of people and stories. Rabbi Jason Sobel connects the dots and helps us see with clarity what God intended.

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  • Excavating The Evidence For Jesus


    Examine the Evidence Surrounding Jesus

    No other figure has impacted history like Jesus. Yet today, he’s often seen as a mythical character whose legend increased over time. So what does the historical and archaeological evidence say about Jesus?

    Archaeologist Dr. Titus Kennedy has investigated firsthand the discoveries connected to Jesus’ birth, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection. He has visited and excavated where Jesus walked, and examined the artifacts connected to Jesus’ life. Here, he presents an up-to-date and comprehensive overview of the research and findings that illuminate the historicity of Christ as presented in the Bible.

    Excavating the Evidence for Jesus progresses chronologically through the Gospels, noting the many relevant archaeological, historical, geographic, and literary findings. As you read, you’ll be able to decide for yourself whether the evidence confirms the existence and story of Jesus, and determine whether the Gospels are worthy of being approached not as legends, but as history. Further, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the historic basis of Christianity, a richer knowledge of the ancient world, and an evidence-based perspective on the reliability of the Bible.

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  • Typology Understanding The Bibles Promise Shaped Patterns


    Read the Bible with Fresh Eyes as You See Scripture’s Promise-Shaped Patterns

    When you read the Bible, have you ever noticed parallels between certain people, events, and institutions? Should we understand Noah as a kind of new Adam, and if so, does that somehow point us to the second Adam? How are we to interpret these similarities?

    In Typology–Understanding the Bible’s Promise-Shaped Patterns, author James M. Hamilton Jr. shows that the similarities we find in the Bible are based on genuine historical correspondence and demonstrates how we recognize them in the repetition of words and phrases, the parallels between patterns of events, and key thematic equivalences. When read in light of God’s promises, these historical correspondences spotlight further repetitions that snowball on one another to build escalating significance.

    This book stimulates fresh thinking on the relationship between the Old and New Testaments and will help pastors, preachers, and students better understand the dynamics of inner-biblical interpretation. It explores several of the “promise-shaped patterns” we see in the Old Testament including:
    *Adam and New Adam
    *Prophets, Priests, and Kings
    *The Righteous Sufferer
    *Exodus and New Exodus

    Hamilton shows that the prophets and sages of Israel learned to interpret Scripture from Moses and his writings. And by tracing the organic development of subsequent biblical patterns, he explains how these patterns created expectations that are fulfilled in Christ. Jesus himself taught his followers to understand the Old Testament in this way (Luke 24:45), and the authors of the New Testament taught the earliest followers of Jesus how to read the Bible through a typological lens.

    Typology–Understanding the Bible’s Promise-Shaped Patterns equips pastors, bible teachers, students, and serious Bible readers to understand and embrace the typological interpretive perspective of the biblical authors. You will learn to read the Bible as it was intended by its original authors while cultivating a deeper love and appreciation for the Scriptures.

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  • These 12 : The Gospel Through The Apostles’ Eyes


    The apostles weren’t random, interchangeable parts?mere pawns that Jesus exploited to accomplish his mission. No, these men were the mission. In this riveting re-examination of familiar Gospel events from the ground-floor perspective of Christ’s hand-picked heirs, author Rod Bennett takes you on a journey through the eyes of the apostles. Re-discover the true meaning of apostleship established by Jesus over 2000 years ago, and why it’s an essential mark of the one Church that Jesus founded to make the whole world his Chosen People.

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  • Theology Of Mission


    God’s mission is on every page of Scripture.

    In Theology of Mission: A Concise Biblical Theology, J. D. Payne traces the theme of mission throughout Scripture. The Bible is a story of God’s mission. God takes initiative to dwell with humanity. He desires to be known. To this end, he sends and is sent. Through Christ, God redeems sinful humans and recreates the cosmos. And he has invited his people to join in this mission.

    Payne shows that God’s mission is on every page of the Bible and is foundational to the church’s own existence. With reflection questions following concise chapters, all readers can consider their place in God’s work.

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  • Words Of Love


    The Ten Commandments are more than a list of ancient rules. Beneath the surface, they offer a profound invitation to healing and transformation. In this unique Bible study, readers will discover that the Ten Commandments are words from the heart of God, given to reconcile creation to Creator and God’s people to one another. In Words of Love, Eugenia Anne Gamble dives into each of the Ten Commandments and examines their application for modern-day Christians, going beyond the letter of the law to a spiritual truth pointing us toward wholeness and well-being. Each chapter includes a spiritual practice and questions for reflection and discussion to help readers engage deeply with the message of each commandment, whether individually or in a group.

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  • Glory Of God And Paul


    The apostle Paul’s theology of glory has its foundations in the biblical drama of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation, and in the identity of Jesus as revealed in his teachings, life, death, and resurrection.

    The triune God, who is intrinsically glorious, graciously and joyfully displays his glory, largely through his creation, human image-bearers, providence, and redemptive acts. God’s people respond by glorifying him. God receives glory and, through uniting his people to Christ, he shares his glory with them–all to his eternal glory. Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson explore the glory of God in Paul’s letters with regard to the Trinity, salvation, the resurrection, the new covenant, the church, eschatology, and the Christian life. God intends his glory to impact many areas of believers’ lives: their gradual transformation from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18) occurs as they meditate and reflect on the splendor of the Lord.

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  • If The Tomb Is Empty Study Guide


    If the tomb is empty, then anything is possible.

    Whether you’re a new believer, a seasoned servant of the faith, or maybe you don’t know what you are, join pastor Joby Martin as he traverses the peaks and valleys of six Biblical mountains–Mount Moriah, Mount Sinai, Mount Carmel, the Mount of Beatitudes, the high mountain on which Jesus was tempted, and the Mount of Transfiguration. In scripture, these mountains are used by God for His purposes because they are where God chooses to manifest Himself. And none more so than on the seventh and final mountain where this story begins and ends: the Cross of Jesus Christ on Mount Calvary, and the empty tomb that means so much for us.

    That Jesus walked out of the tomb alive, and that right this second the Son of God lives, matters for everyone who would believe it. So if the tomb is empty, what does it mean for you? The answer is clear: everything.

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  • Samaritan Womans Story


    Most Christians have heard a familiar description of the Samaritan woman in John 4: she was a sinner, an adulteress, even a prostitute.

    Throughout church history, the woman at the well has been seen narrowly in terms of her gender and marital history. What are we missing in the story? And what difference does our interpretation of this passage make for women and men in the church? Caryn A. Reeder calls us to see the Samaritan woman in a different light. Beginning with the reception history of John 4, she pulls back layers of interpretation entangled with readers’ assumptions on women and sexuality. She then explores the story’s original context, describing life for women and expectations regarding marriage and divorce in the first century. With this clarified lens, Reeder’s exegesis of the passage yields refreshing insights on what the Gospel says–and does not say–about the woman at the well. Throughout the book, Reeder draws connections between interpretations of this text and the life of the church. The sexual objectification of the Samaritan woman and minimization of her positive contribution has ongoing consequences for how women are seen and treated–including in the failure of many Christian communities to respond well to accusations of abuse. In the age of #MeToo and #ChurchToo, The Samaritan Woman’s Story offers a bold challenge to teach the Bible in a way that truly honors the value and voices of women.

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  • 40 Days Through The Bible


    Find the better you’ve been longing for.

    Lysa TerKeurst, the First 5 team and the Online Bible Studies team have come together to write a Bible study just for YOU!

    We know the Bible is a big book and can oftentimes feel overwhelming. Lysa and Proverbs 31 team wanted to create a study that would help you understand the story of the Bible from start to finish.

    In 40 Days Through the Bible: The Answers to Your Deepest Longings, you will:

    *Take a journey through the storyline of the Bible in 40 days so you can see major themes, how they are all connected and what that means for us as we read the Bible today.

    *Discover the eight major things humanity longs for and how Jesus fulfills all of them for us.

    *Stop the endless cycle of seeking and searching for satisfaction and find the answers to your deepest longings.

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  • Luke Acts In Modern Interpretation


    A biographical and interpretive history of Luke-Acts scholarship

    Luke-Acts in Modern Interpretation explores the lives and work of ten interpreters who have significantly influenced the study of the Lukan writings over the past 150 years. The chapters contain short biographical sketches of the scholars that illuminate their personal and academic lives, summaries and evaluations of their major works, and analysis of the ongoing relevance of their work in contemporary scholarship on Luke-Acts.

    Key thinkers surveyed include the following:
    * Adolf Harnack
    * Martin Dibelius
    * F. F. Bruce
    * Loveday Alexander
    * C. K. Barrett
    * Richard Pervo

    An introduction and a conclusion by Stanley Porter and Ron Fay trace the development of Luke-Acts scholarship from the 1870s to the present and examine how these ten scholars’ studies have shaped the field. Those invested in understanding the recent history of scholarship on Luke-Acts will find here a valuable deposit of historical insight into biblical studies.

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  • Read This First


    The Bible is the most extraordinary book you’ll ever read; it’s how God speaks directly to us and how his Spirit works to change us. But it can seem intimidating, confusing and even a little bit boring.

    In this book, Gary Millar shows you that the skills you need to read the Bible are not beyond your grasp. In a warm, approachable style, he gives you the tools to read and understand the Bible for yourself, helping you move from confusion to confidence as you enjoy refreshment in God’s word.

    Whether you are a new believer and don’t know where to start or you have been a Christian for a while but have never got into a regular habit of Bible reading, this book will equip you to get going. As you read the Bible, you will hear God speak, and you will be changed to be more like Jesus. Don’t miss out!

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  • God In Story Who We Are


    Are you wanting to go deeper in Scripture but don’t know how? Have you tried reading through the Bible but feel overwhelmed? Ill-equipped? The Bible Companion Series can help. A simple one-chapter-a-day format lets you engage with Scripture without the pressure of schedules, homework, or heavy reading loads. Short daily readings and thought-provoking questions connect your story to God’s Word.

    In Genesis and Exodus, God reveals Himself as a loving Creator who longs to walk through life with you. Book 1,?God in Story: Who We Are, takes you deep into God’s plan to share His life and wisdom with those who love and follow Him. The series’ storytelling approach will keep you reading, even through the most difficult passages. Find hope in the stories of ordinary men and women in the Bible whose encounters with God transformed them and reversed the direction of their lives. Discover that what God has done for them, He can do for you.

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  • You Need A Better Gospel


    Too often, the church hasn’t done justice to its own gospel because it has neglected how much the New Testament message is about deep involvement in life with God. Senior New Testament scholar Klyne Snodgrass offers a corrective, explaining that the church will never be what it is supposed to be without a recovery of the gospel.

    This brief, accessibly written, and timely book shows that the biblical message is about attachment to Christ, participation in his death and resurrection, and engagement in his purposes. Snodgrass demonstrates that understanding and appropriating the gospel of participation conforms with what the church’s great thinkers have emphasized throughout history and enables the church to recover its true identity.

    This book brings the notion of participation in the gospel to a wider church audience. While other studies on this topic focus mostly on Paul’s writings, You Need a Better Gospel shows that participation is the emphasis of the entire Bible, including the Old Testament. The real gospel, which offers participation in life with God, is astounding in its beauty and its power for life.

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  • You Need A Better Gospel


    Too often, the church hasn’t done justice to its own gospel because it has neglected how much the New Testament message is about deep involvement in life with God. Senior New Testament scholar Klyne Snodgrass offers a corrective, explaining that the church will never be what it is supposed to be without a recovery of the gospel.

    This brief, accessibly written, and timely book shows that the biblical message is about attachment to Christ, participation in his death and resurrection, and engagement in his purposes. Snodgrass demonstrates that understanding and appropriating the gospel of participation conforms with what the church’s great thinkers have emphasized throughout history and enables the church to recover its true identity.

    This book brings the notion of participation in the gospel to a wider church audience. While other studies on this topic focus mostly on Paul’s writings, You Need a Better Gospel shows that participation is the emphasis of the entire Bible, including the Old Testament. The real gospel, which offers participation in life with God, is astounding in its beauty and its power for life.

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  • God Behaving Badly


    God has a bad reputation.

    Many think of God as wrathful and angry, smiting people right and left for no apparent reason. The Old Testament in particular seems at times to portray God as capricious and malevolent, wiping out armies and nations, punishing enemies with extreme prejudice. But wait. The story is more complicated than that. Alongside troubling passages of God’s punishment and judgment are pictures of God’s love, forgiveness, goodness, and slowness to anger. How do we make sense of the seeming contradiction? Can God be trusted or not? David Lamb unpacks the complexity of the Old Testament to explore the character of God. He provides historical and cultural background to shed light on problematic passages and bring underlying themes to the fore. Without minimizing the sometimes harsh realities of the biblical record, Lamb assembles an overall portrait that gives coherence to our understanding of God in both the Old and New Testaments. This expanded edition includes an updated preface, afterword, and appendix addressing the story of Noah and the flood.

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  • Approaching The New Testament


    The thorough but accessible Approaching the New Testament: A Guide for Students by Adam McClendon and John Cartwright offers students an informative, interactive, and practical introduction. After a section on the culture and context of the New Testament, chapters introduce each New Testament book individually, covering authorship, audience, and date of writing; an outline of the book’s structure; key themes; and several points of current-day application.

    Intended for undergraduate and beginning seminary students, Approaching the New Testament will give students a better understanding of the world and writing of the New Testament Scriptures as well as of their content and ongoing relevance today.

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  • Non Prophets Guide To The Bible


    Is God the same in the Old Testament and the New Testament?

    How is this ancient text relevant to the world today?

    What’s the best way to read it?

    The Bible is a book unlike any other, and readers of all backgrounds have thoughtful questions about its history, purpose, and reliability. Bestselling author and artist Todd Hampson is here to provide answers with The Non-Prophet’s Guide(TM) to the Bible, an illustrated and infographic-packed overview of God’s Word. This guidebook brings you…

    *a section-by-section panorama of the Bible, presenting each book’s unique purpose in telling God’s story

    *a crash course on who wrote the Scriptures, when they were written, and how they were preserved through the ages

    *the compelling case for why you can believe the Bible truly is the divinely inspired Word of God

    With the friendly face of the Non-Prophet here to lead your way, you’ll gain the wisdom and knowledge you need to approach the bestselling book of all time with confidence and witness how history unfolds in the direction of God’s promises.

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  • Now And Not Yet


    For various reasons, the books of Ezra and Nehemiah have suffered comparative neglect in Old Testament scholarship.

    However, as Dean Ulrich demonstrates, Ezra-Nehemiah as a literary unit is part of the Christian Bible that tells God’s grand story of saving activity. It focuses not so much on how to be an effective leader but on how to be a godly participant in God’s story. God may be concerned about human conduct, but the moral imperatives appear in the larger context of God’s acts and promises. However exemplary Ezra and Nehemiah the men may be, Ezra-Nehemiah has an interest in how God’s people contribute to building the new (and New) Jerusalem-God’s redeemed community that is bigger than any single person. Mission-that is, participation in God’s purpose for his world-factors into the message of these books.

    In this NSBT volume, Ulrich views Ezra-Nehemiah as the record of the beginning of a new work of God among his people after the exile. This new work, which led eventually to the first coming of Jesus, enables God’s people to be restored presently (‘now’) in their relationship with God. Such restoration involves a combination of hope in God’s promises (‘not yet’) and obedience to his instruction concerned with mission.

    Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.

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  • Handbook Of The Jewish Roots Of The Gospels


    Is it even possible to say anything new about Jesus of Nazareth? Disciples and detractors alike have been weighing in for two thousand years. Scholarship in the last fifty years has been greatly enhanced by the recognition of the Jewishness of both the historical Jesus and the life and teachings of the apostle Paul. But the Gospels themselves, the texts that preserve the words and deeds of Jesus, have not been subject to the same level of consideration in this regard. Until now. This book surveys the historical, theological, and practical issues that arise when the Gospels are read as Jewish literature. So yes, there is something new here about Jesus.

    The Jewish context of Jesus and his movement is better understood today thanks to archaeology, the ongoing publication of ancient texts, and changes in the way scholars think about Jewish society in late antiquity.

    A Handbook on the Jewish Roots of the Gospels, whose contributors are well-known in the field, updates all of the relevant topics relating to Jesus and the Gospels in light of these exciting new developments.

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  • Discovering Biblical Equality


    There is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

    The conversation about the relationship between women and men and their roles in the Christian life and the church has evolved, but the topic continues to inspire debate and disagreement.

    The third edition of this groundbreaking work brings together scholars firmly committed to the authority of Scripture to explore historical, biblical, theological, cultural, and practical aspects of this discussion. This fresh, positive defense of gender equality is at once scholarly and practical, irenic yet spirited, up-to-date, and cognizant of opposing positions. In this edition, readers will find both revised essays and new essays on biblical equality in relation to several issues, including the image of God, the analogy of slavery, same-sex marriage, abortion, domestic abuse, race, and human flourishing.

    Discover for yourself God’s vision for gender equality.

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