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Everything You Want to Know about Jesus

Everything You Want to Know about Jesus

by Peter Douglas Downey and Ben James Shaw

Jesus is the most influential person who ever lived. But for many of us, he has ceased to be a real person. We’ve sanitised him with pious jargon, framed him in stained glass, and reduced him to a religious puppet who floats through biblical landscapes dispensing Christian cliches and nice advice. It’s time for a fresh look at the man this book describes… Read more…

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Did America Have a Christian Founding?

Did America Have a Christian Founding?

by Mark David Hall

A distinguished professor debunks the assertion that America's Founders were deists who desired the strict separation of church and state and instead shows that their political ideas were profoundly influenced by their Christian convictions.In 2010, David Mark Hall gave a lecture at the Heritage Foundation entitled "Did America Have a Christian Found… Read more…

Bloody, Brutal, and Barbaric?: Wrestling with Troubling War Texts

Bloody, Brutal, and Barbaric?: Wrestling with Troubling War Texts

by William J. Webb and Gordon K Oeste

Christians cannot ignore the intersection of religion and violence, whether contemporary or ancient. In our own Scriptures, war texts that appear to approve of genocidal killings and war rape—forcibly taking female captives for wives—raise hard questions about biblical ethics and the character of God. Have we missed something in our traditi… Read more…

Encounters with Jesus

Encounters with Jesus

by Gary M. Burge

Christian readers of the New Testament study the great stories about Jesus through the lens of western culture. In this series of books, Gary Burge uses his extensive knowledge of the first century world and the Middle East to offer insights not available to the average person. Each book will develop important cultural themes and wrap them around well-known … Read more…

Son of Hamas

Son of Hamas

by Mosab Hassan, Mosab Hassan Yousef and Ron Brackin

Son of Hamas is now available with an all-new chapter about events since the book’s release such as the revelation of Mosab’s Israeli intelligence handler’s true identity, and Homeland Security’s effort to deport the author.Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Shei… 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…

Finding the Lost Images of God

Finding the Lost Images of God

by Gary M. Burge and Timothy S. Laniak

Images are frequently used in the Bible to describe God and his relationship with his chosen people. Without an accurate understanding of the images, we cannot comprehend the profound biblical revelations they communicate. Understanding these cultural vehicles of communication comes by learning the cultural background of those who created them. Timothy S. La… Read more…

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America: The Last Best Hope (One-Volume Edition)

America: The Last Best Hope (One-Volume Edition)

by William J. Bennett

A single-volume edition of William J. Bennett's bestselling series, thoroughly revised and updated. "The role of history is to inform, inspire, and sometimes provoke us, which is why Bill Bennett's wonderfully readable book is so important." --Walter IsaacsonA decade ago, William J. Bennett published a magisterial three-volume accou… Read more…

Old Testament Law for Christians: Original Context and Enduring Application

Old Testament Law for Christians: Original Context and Enduring Application

by Roy E Gane

The Old Testament law is foundational for our understanding of the Bible, but for many it remains some of the Old Testament's most foreign and exotic material. This book by a leading evangelical expert in biblical law helps readers understand Old Testament law, how it functioned in the Old Testament, and how it is (and is not) instructive for contemporar… Read more…

Killing a Messiah: A Novel

Killing a Messiah: A Novel

by Adam Winn

As Passover approaches, the city of Jerusalem is a political tinderbox. Judah, a resistance leader, plots to overthrow the Roman occupation. Eleazar and his father, the high priest Caiaphas, seek peace in the city at all costs. Pilate, the Roman governor, maneuvers to keep order (and his own hold on power). Caleb, a shopkeeper, is reluctantly c… Read more…

Exploring the Story

Exploring the Story

by Adam Barr

Many people today encounter strange events, names, customs and/or people when they pick up their Bible to read. The world of the Bible can seem very distant to modern readers, even if they are reading a contemporary translation. To help readers gain a better understanding of the world of the Bible, Zondervan has developed a one-volume, handy-size reference r… Read more…

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The Lion of Judah: How Jesus Completes Biblical Judaism and Why Judaism and Christianity Separated

The Lion of Judah: How Jesus Completes Biblical Judaism and Why Judaism and Christianity Separated

by Rabbi Kirt A Schneider

If Jesus is a Jew, why is there a wedge between Christianity and Judaism? If Jews and Christians both believe in the same God, why is there such division? Why is history littered with deathly accounts of this division, from the early Jewish persecution of Christians to the Crusades’ slaughtering of Jews?  The Lion of Judah unpacks the roots of thi… Read more…


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