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Ancient Christian Texts - Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus Imperfectum) Volume 2

Ancient Christian Texts - Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus Imperfectum) Volume 2

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…

NIV Application Commentary Isaiah

NIV Application Commentary Isaiah

by John Oswalt

Like the other prophets, Isaiah’s writings are full of judgment, hope, and encouragement. Israel is a nation that knows God’s truth but, rather than living it, is hardened to it. Though God’s interactions with His people seem beyond understanding, or even altogether missing, His identity as redeemer is emphasized above all else. Isaiah is sharply aware… Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on the Gospel of John

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on the Gospel of John

by Joel C. Elowsky

Theodore of Mopsuestia, born in Antioch (c. 350) and a disciple of Diodore of Tarsus, serves as one of the most important exemplars of Antiochene exegesis of his generation. Committed to literal, linguistic, grammatical and historical interpretation, he eschewed allegorical explanations that could not be supported from the text, though he was not averse to t… Read more…

NIV Application Commentary Matthew

NIV Application Commentary Matthew

by Michael J. Wilkins

The NIV Application Commentary on Matthew shows readers how this Gospel can have the same transformative force today as it did when it was first written. There is no way to exaggerate the effect the Gospel of Matthew has had on the church through the ages, especially right after Jesus’ ascension. His constant citations of scripture were … Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on John Volume 1

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on John Volume 1

by Joel C. Elowsky

Cyril of Alexandria (ca. 378-444), one of the most brilliant representatives of the Alexandrian theological tradition, is best known for championing the term Theotokos (God-bearer) in opposition to Nestorius of Constantinople. Cyril's great Commentary on John, offered here in the Ancient Christian Text series in two volumes, predates the Nestorian contro… Read more…

Value of Learning History, The

Value of Learning History, The

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…

Our Bible How We Got It and Ten Reasons Why I Believe the Bible is the Word of God

Our Bible How We Got It and Ten Reasons Why I Believe the Bible is the Word of God

by R. A. Torrey and Charles Leach

Dr. Leach answers these pertinent questions: Is the Bible really true? Where did the Bible come from? Has our Bible suffered change through the years? When were the books of the New Testament collected? Did Christ use our Old Testament? Dr. Leach first discusses the New Testament, then the Old, and finally traces the history of our English Bible. Dr. R.A… Read more…

America's Christian History

America's Christian History

by Dr. H. Wayne House

One can say without fear of credible contradiction that the overwhelming majority of the founders attended or belonged to Christian churches, and embraced the Bible as the revelation of God. The overwhelming majority of the signers were orthodox Christians. A majority of them were seminary graduates, and at least three of them w… Read more…

The World of the New Testament Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts

The World of the New Testament Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts

by Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald

This volume addresses the most important issues related to the study of New Testament writings. Two respected senior scholars have brought together a team of distinguished specialists to introduce the Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman backgrounds necessary for understanding the New Testament and the early church. Contributors include renowned scholars such as L… Read more…

Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity Unlocking New Testament Culture

Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity Unlocking New Testament Culture

by David A. deSilva

Contemporary Western readers may find it surprising that honor and shame, patronage and reciprocity, kinship and family, and purity and pollution offer us keys to interpreting the New Testament. But as recent scholarship has proposed and as David deSilva demonstrates, paying attention to these cultural themes opens our eyes and ears to new discoveries and de… Read more…

The Canon Debate

The Canon Debate

by Lee Martin McDonald and James A. Sanders

What does it mean to speak of a "canon" of scripture? How, when, and where did the canon of the Hebrew Bible come into existence? Why does it have three divisions? What canon was in use among the Jews of the Hellenistic diaspora? At Qumran? In Roman Palestine? Among the rabbis? What Bible did Jesus and his disciples know and use? How was the New Te… Read more…

Discovering Biblical Equality Complementarity Without Hierarchy

Discovering Biblical Equality Complementarity Without Hierarchy

by Gordon D. Fee, Ronald W. Pierce and Rebecca Merrill Groothuis

Discussions surrounding the roles of men and women--whether in the church, the home or society at large--never seem to end, often generating more heat than light. Such debate is still important, though, because this issue directly affects every member of Christ's body. What we believe the Bible teaches on these matters shapes nearly all we do in the chur… Read more…


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