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Ancient Christian Texts - Homilies on Numbers

Ancient Christian Texts - Homilies on Numbers

by Christopher A. Hall

Origen of Alexandria (185-254), one of the most prolific authors of antiquity and arguably the most important and influential pre-Nicene Christian theologian, was a man of deep learning and holiness of life. Regrettably, many of his works are no longer extant, in part due to the condemnation of his ideas by the Fifth Ecumenical Council in 553. The condemnati… Read more…

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Ancient Christian Texts - Latin Commentaries on Revelation

Ancient Christian Texts - Latin Commentaries on Revelation

by William Weinrich

Interest in the book of Revelation in the Western tradition is stronger and earlier than that in the East. The earliest full commentary on the Apocalypse is that of Victorinus of Petovium written in the mid to late third century by the earliest exegete to write in Latin. Victorinus interpreted Revelation in millennialist terms, a mode of interpretation alrea… Read more…

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Ephesians: NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)

Ephesians: NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)

by Klyne Snodgrass

Ephesians transcends the paradigm of works-based righteousness. Indeed, there is no ladder high enough that we can climb to heaven—only Christ can restore our relationship with God. And he does: we have so much more than forgiveness in Christ. Our lives are constantly being transformed to look more and more like the example set for us by Jesus. The NIV App… Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on Isaiah

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on Isaiah

by Joel C. Elowsky

Eusebius of Caesarea (ca. 260--ca. 340), one of the early church’s great polymaths, produced significant works as a historian (Ecclesiastical History), geographer (Onomasticon), philologist, exegete (commentaries on the Psalms and Isaiah), apologist (Preparation for and Demonstration of the Gospel) and theologian. His Commentary on Isaiah is one of his maj… Read more…

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Hebrews: NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)

Hebrews: NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)

by George H. Guthrie

The author of Hebrews writes about a variety of issues including repentance, faith, transformed living, and Jesus as Messiah and high priest. George H. Guthrie (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) writes on the original, theological importance of Hebrews in this book of the NIV Application Commentary, as well as how we can apply that to our mo… Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on Jeremiah

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on Jeremiah

by Christopher A. Hall

Jerome (c. 347-419), one of the West's four doctors of the church, was recognized early on as one of the church's foremost translators, commentators and advocates of Christian asceticism. Skilled in Hebrew and Greek in addition to his native Latin, he was thoroughly familiar with Jewish traditions and brought them to bear on his understanding of the … Read more…

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Daniel: NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)

Daniel: NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)

by Tremper Longman III

We all come across moments in our lives where we are forced to let go of any semblance of control and place our trust in God. The book of Daniel traces the lives of four dedicated followers of God who continually choose to follow Him despite the culture they’re surrounded by. Their perseverance eventually results in great blessing, both for them and everyo… Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus Imperfectum) Volume 1

Ancient Christian Texts - Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus Imperfectum) Volume 1

by Thomas C. Oden

In the translator's introduction to this volume, James Kellerman relates the following story: As Thomas Aquinas was approaching Paris, a fellow traveler pointed out the lovely buildings gracing that city. Aquinas was impressed, to be sure, but he sighed and stated that he would rather have the complete Incomplete Commentary on Matthew … Read more…

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The Value of Learning History

The Value of Learning History

by John Piper

The book of Jude includes numerous references to Jewish history (Balaam, Cain, and Korah's rebellion), references Jude believed made all the more powerful his warnings against internal enemies of the church. "The Value of Learning History," an article from pastor John Piper, illuminates, using Jude as a context, the importance for each… Read more…

The Church in God's Program

The Church in God's Program

by Robert L. Saucy

The Church in God's Program is a biblical study covering the entire scope of the church - its beginning, government, ministries, and the new covenant.… Read more…

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus

by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg

A rare chance to know Jesus as his first disciples knew him. What would it be like to journey back to the first century and sit at the feet of Rabbi Jesus as one of his Jewish disciples? How would your understanding of the gospel have been shaped by the customs, beliefs, and traditions of the Jewish culture in which you lived?Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jes… Read more…

Church History: A Crash Course for the Curious

Church History: A Crash Course for the Curious

by Christopher Catherwood

The history of the Christian church is far more than a dull list of dates. This brief summary will whet your appetite to discover more about the story of Christianity. In this concise, accessible guide, author Christopher Catherwood takes his readers through the history of the faith, educating them about the uniqueness of Christianity fro… Read more…

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