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Ancient Christian Texts - Greek Commentaries on Revelation

Ancient Christian Texts - Greek Commentaries on Revelation

by Thomas C. Oden

The Eastern church gives little evidence of particular interest in the book of Revelation. Oecumenius of Isauria's commentary on the book is the earliest full treatment in Greek and dates only from the early sixth century. Along with Oecumenius's commentary, only that of Andrew of Caesarea (dating from the same era and often summarizing Oecumenius be… Read more…

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…

From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race

From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race

by J. Daniel Hays

"After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language . . ." (Revelation 7:9). The visions in the book of Revelation give a glimpse of the people of God at the consummation of history—a multiethnic congregation gathered together in worship around God's throne. I… Read more…

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Israelite Religions: An Archaeological and Biblical Survey

Israelite Religions: An Archaeological and Biblical Survey

by Richard S. Hess

Archaeological excavation in the Holy Land has exploded with the resurgence of interest in the historical roots of the biblical Israelites. Israelite Religions offers Bible students and interested lay leaders a survey of the major issues and approaches that constitute the study of ancient Israelite religion. Unique among other books on the subject, Israelite… Read more…

Know How We Got Our Bible
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Know How We Got Our Bible

by Justin S. Holcomb, Charles E. Hill, Ryan Matthew Reeves, Tom Parks and Tom Parks

The easy accessibility of the Bible in most of the world's major languages can obscure a dramatic and sometimes unexpected story. In Know How We Got Our Bible, scholars Ryan Reeves and Charles Hill trace the history of the Bible from its beginnings to the present day, highlighting key figures and demonstrating overall the reliability of Scripture.Reeves … Read more…

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The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus

The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus

by Michael F. Bird

Balanced, comprehensive survey of the critical questions involved in studying the four Gospels In this book, through a distinctive evangelical and critical approach, Michael Bird explores the historical development of the four canonical Gospels. He shows how the memories and faith of the earliest believers formed the Gospel accounts of Jesus that got written… Read more…

Old Testament History

Old Testament History

by John H. Sailhamer

When busy people want to know more about the Bible and the Christian faith, the Zondervan Quick-Reference Library offers an instant information alternative. Covering the basics of the faith and Bible knowledge in an easy-to-use format, this series helps new Christians and seasoned believers find answers to their questions about Christianity and the Bible. Th… Read more…

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Stalking the Spirit

Stalking the Spirit

by Marjory Zoet Bankson

What happens when a church chooses to subdivide instead of getting bigger? In 1976, the Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC, did just that. Stalking the Spirit is the story of Seekers Church, a second-generation Church of the Saviour community known for its creative worship, open pulpit, shared leadership, strong matrix of mission groups, and generous gi… Read more…

Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament

Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament

by J. Julius ScottJr.

This survey of intertestamental Judaism illuminates the customs and controversies that provide essential background for understanding the New Testament. Scott opens a door into the Jewish world and literature leading up to the development of Christianity. He also offers an accessible overview of the data through helpful charts, maps, and diagrams incorporate… Read more…

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels

by Kenneth E. Bailey

Beginning with Jesus' birth, Ken Bailey leads you on a kaleidoscopic study of Jesus throughout the four Gospels. Bailey examines the life and ministry of Jesus with attention to the Lord's Prayer, the Beatitudes, Jesus' relationships with women, and especially Jesus' parables. Through it all, Bailey employs his trademark expertise as a m… 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…

Bible and the Land

Bible and the Land

by Gary M. Burge

As the early church moved away from the original cultural setting of the Bible and found its home in the west, Christians lost touch with the ancient world of the Bible. Cultural habits, the particulars of landscape, even the biblical languages soon were unknown. And the cost was enormous: Christians began reading the Bible as foreigners and missing the orig… Read more…

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