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NIV Application Commentary 2 Corinthians

NIV Application Commentary 2 Corinthians

by Scott J. Hafemann

2 Corinthians follows in the footsteps of 1 Corinthians by providing a window into both Paul’s character and the character of God. You’ll get an intimate glimpse into Paul’s heart and his love for the church in this NIV Application Commentary volume by Scott J. Hafermann, who shows us both the original meaning of 2 Corinthians and how its message appli… Read more…

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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…

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…

NIV Application Commentary Ephesians

NIV Application Commentary Ephesians

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…

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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…

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…

A Week in the Life of Corinth

A Week in the Life of Corinth

by Ben WitheringtonIII

Ben Witherington III attempts to reenchant our reading of Paul in this creative reconstruction of ancient Corinth. Following a fictitious Corinthian man named Nicanor through an eventful week of business dealings and conflict, you will encounter life at various levels of Roman society--eventually meeting Paul himself and gaining entrance into the Christian c… Read more…

Concise Background Of The New Testament, A

Concise Background Of The New Testament, A

by William A. Simmons

Dr. William Simmons' "A Concise Background Of The New Testament" is a valuable resource for understanding Israel's history, culture and religion as it impacts the life and ministry of Jesus and the experience of the early church. This work contains over 1100 linked scripture references and words throughout the text that are linked to… Read more…

A Cultural Handbook to the Bible

A Cultural Handbook to the Bible

by John J. Pilch

The task of interpreting the Bible — which was written by and to people living in very different cultural contexts from contemporary Western society — can seem monumental. The opposite is also true: people can easily forget that studying the Bible is a type of cross-cultural encounter, instead reading their own cultural assumptions into biblical … Read more…

Crossing Cultures in Scripture: Biblical Principles for Mission Practice

Crossing Cultures in Scripture: Biblical Principles for Mission Practice

by Marvin J. Newell and Patrick Fung

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is a crosscultural book. Scripture is full of narratives of God's people crossing cultures in pursuit of God's mission. Biblical texts shed light on mission dynamics: Sarah and Hagar functioning in an honor-shame culture, Moses as a multicultural leader, Ruth as a crosscultural conversion, David and Uriah illustr… Read more…

Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World

Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World

by Warren Carter

This useful, concise introduction to the worlds around the New Testament focuses on seven key moments in the centuries before and after Jesus. It enlightens readers about the beginnings of the Christian movement, showing how religious, political, and economic factors were interwoven in the fabric of the New Testament world.Leading New Testament scholar Warre… Read more…

A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion

A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion

by Gary M. Burge

Enter a world of warfare and treachery, of duty and honor, of love and loyalty, interwoven with the inner workings of a Roman centurion's household. And then trace it as the road curves toward little Capernaum. Follow the story of Appius, a proud centurion, and Tullus, his scribe and slave. From a battle with the Parthians, through a tragic per… Read more…


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