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By Elie Wiesel. 1985
The Nobel winner’s classic look at Job and seven other Biblical characters as they grapple with their relationship with God…and the question of His justice.“[Elie] Wiesel has never allowed himself to be diverted from the role of witness for the martyred Jews and survivors of the Holocaust, and by extension for all those who through the centuries have asked Job’s question: ‘What is God doing and where is His justice?’ Here in a masterful series of mythic portraits, drawing upon Bible tales and the Midrashim (a body of commentary), Wiesel explores ‘the distant and haunting figures that molded him’: Adam, Cain and Abel, Abraham and Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Job. With the dramatic invention of a Father Mapple and the exquisite care of a Talmudic scholar, Wiesel interprets the wellsprings of Jewish religious tradition as the many faces of man’s greatness facing the inexplicable. In an intimate relationship with God it is possible to complain, to demand. Adam and Eve in sinning ‘cried out’ against the injustice of their entrapment; Cain assaulted God rather than his brother; and Abraham’s agreement to sacrifice his son placed the burden of guilt on Him who demanded it. As for Job, Wiesel concludes that he abdicated his defiance as did the confessing Communists of Stalin’s time to ‘underline the implausibility’ of his trial, and thus become the accuser. Wiesel’s concern with the imponderables of fate seems to move from strength to strength.” —Kirkus Reviews“The extraordinary thing that Elie Wiesel has done in this book is to take ancient tales and make them contemporary, in ways that are both dazzling and disturbing. Messengers of God is captivating.” —Robert McAfee Brown, author of Unexpected News
Para quienes desean tomar los pasos en su fe cristiana y discipulado, para liberarse de las ataduras del pasado y…experimentar la sanidad, Espiritualidad emocionalmente sana es un estudio bíblico de ocho sesiones con video sobre la integración de la salud emocional y la espiritualidad contemplativa. Muchos seguidores de Cristo, que están realmente apasionados por Dios, se unen a una iglesia, participan semanalmente en un grupo pequeño, sirven con sus dones, y quienes son considerados «maduros», permanecen estancados a un nivel de inmadurez espiritual, especialmente cuando enfrentan conflictos y crisis interpersonales. El estudio en video Espiritualidad emocionalmente sana y la guía de estudio que lo acompaña, ofrecen una estrategia para que el discipulado aborde este vacío, ofreciendo poderosos caminos hacia la transformación que ayudará a las personas maduras a llegar a una fe llena de autenticidad y un profundo amor a Dios.Las ocho sesiones incluyen:1. El problema de la espiritualidad emocionalmente no sana.2. Saber que puedes conocer a Dios.3. Retroceder para avanzar hacia adelante.4. Viaje a través de la pared.5. Expandir tu alma a través del dolor y la pérdida.6. Descubrir el ritmo de las Oficio diario y el Sabbat.7. Crecer en un adulto emocionalmente sano.8. Tomar el siguiente paso para desarrollar una «regla de vida».
La mayoría de los comentarios bíblicos nos llevan en un viaje de una sola vía de nuestro mundo al mundo…bíblico. Pero nos dejan ahí, asumiendo que de alguna manera nosotros podremos hacer el viaje de regreso por nuestros propios medios. En otras palabras, se enfocan en el significado original del pasaje pero no discuten las aplicaciones contemporáneas. La información que ofrecen es valiosa, ¡pero el trabajo está a medias! La serie de Comentarios NVI nos ayuda con las dos partes del trabajo interpretativo. Esta nueva y única serie, muestra a los lectores como traer el mensaje antiguo a un contexto moderno. Explica no solo lo que da a entender la Biblia sino también como nos puede hablar poderosamente hoy en día.
By Max Lucado. 2012
By Stephen M. Miller. 2013
Journey through the greatest story of all time. How to Get Into the Bible is a fast-paced, action-packed look at…the main characters, events, and meanings of the Old and New Testament. This is the perfect handbook of the Bible for people who love movies, comic books, television, and the Internet. Written with Bible texts from the reader-friendly Contemporary English Version, this book makes it even easier for adults who are unfamiliar with the Bible to get into the Scripture. Features include: Outlines Illustrations Coverage of the entire Bible story Fresh look for easy reading
By Anathea E. Portier-Young. 2011
A fresh and daring take on ancient apocalyptic books. The year 167 b.c.e. marked the beginning of a period of…intense persecution for the people of Judea, as Seleucid emperor Antiochus IV Epiphanes attempted — forcibly and brutally — to eradicate traditional Jewish religious practices. In Apocalypse against Empire Anathea Portier-Young reconstructs the historical events and key players in this traumatic episode in Jewish history and provides a sophisticated treatment of resistance in early Judaism. Building on a solid contextual foundation, Portier-Young argues that the first Jewish apocalypses emerged as a literature of resistance to Hellenistic imperial rule. She makes a sturdy case for this argument by examining three extant apocalypses, giving careful attention to the interplay between social theory, history, textual studies, and theological analysis. In particular, Portier-Young contends, the book of Daniel, the Apocalypse of Weeks, and the Book of Dreams were written to supply an oppressed people with a potent antidote to the destructive propaganda of the empire — renewing their faith in the God of the covenant and answering state terror with radical visions of hope..
By Richenda Milton-Daws. 2018
Reading the bible has never been easier or through a more analytical eye. The Bible Book by Book helps not only…to read the bible, but encourages readers to knowledgeably understand and interpret the scriptures. The King James Holy Bible contains 39 books in the old Testament, 27 books in the New Testament, and 14 books of the Apocrypha. This book presents each and every book of the Bible, with a short essential story synopsis, followed by a commentary for study and understanding. Finally, each book has a chapter by chapter summary in an easy to use table form. Biblical scripture offers many pearls of wisdom, and in this new reading, some of the most beautifully written books are analyzed in depth. Story, analysis, and commentary are covered on the events and lessons in each book to give readers the big picture. Illustrated with black and white images, this is an essential reference guide for all Bible users–whether students or churchgoers; enabling anyone to get the most out of the Bible
By J. W. Wand. 1955
First published in 1955, The Life of Jesus Christ gives a lucid factual account of Christ’s life and examines His…claim to be the Messiah whose life in time and space can only be understood in the light of the eternal purposes of God. The author writes objectively from the evidence available but reminds us that the authors of the Gospels, which must be the principal sources of information, were writing from a theological point of view and had no intention of stating objective facts without any sort of interpretation. He believes that in studying the life of Christ we need a combination of faith and reason, and that two are not necessarily antagonistic. This book will be of interest to students of religion and history.
By Sheila Walsh. 2015
Five Minutes with Jesus provides bursts of inspiration for every reader&’s relationship with Jesus. Brief but profound, these daily readings…from Sheila Walsh will help busy people draw close to Him and walk with Him throughout the day. It will become clear that, even in the midst of a busy lifestyle, every minute we spend in the powerful presence of Jesus makes a difference in our lives!
By Douglas A. Knight, Amy-Jill Levine. 2011
In The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us, preeminent biblical scholars…Douglas A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine deliver a broad and engaging introduction to the Old Testament—also known as the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible—offering a wealth of compelling historical background and context for the sacred literature that is at the heart of Judaism and Christianity. John Shelby Spong, author of Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World writes, "Levine and Knight have combined to write a book on the Bible that is as academically brilliant as it is marvelously entertaining. By placing our scriptures into their original Jewish context they have opened up startling and profound new insights. This is a terrific book."
By Brennan Manning. 2002
By Jennifer Wright Knust. 2011
“An explosive, fascinating book that reveals how the Bible cannot be used as a rulebook when it comes to sex.…A terrific read by a top scholar.” —Bart Ehrman, author of Misquoting Jesus Boston University’s cutting-edge religion scholar Jennifer Wright Knust reveals the Bible’s contradictory messages about sex in this thoughtful, riveting, and timely reexploration of the letter of the gospels. In the tradition of Bart Erhman’s Jesus Interrupted and John Shelby Spong’s Sins of Scripture, Knust’s Unprotected Texts liberates us from the pervasive moralizing—the fickle dos and don’ts—so often dictated by religious demagogues. Knust’s powerful reading offers a return to the scripture, away from the mere slogans to which it is so often reduced.
By Barbara G. Walker. 1985
By Jim Bishop. 2007
"This is a book about the most dramatic day in the history of the world, the day on which Jesus…of Nazareth died. It opens at 6 P.M.—the beginning of the Hebrew day—with Jesus and ten of the apostles coming through the pass between the Mount of Olives and the Mount of Offense en route to Jerusalem and the Last Supper. It closes at 4 P.M. the following afternoon, when Jesus was taken down from the cross. . . . The fundamental research was done a long time ago by four fine journalists: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The rest has been added in bits and pieces from many men whose names span the centuries."—from the Foreword
By Graham S. Ogden. 1987
The book of Joel is one of the Old Testament prophetic books, but it also has a clear and close…association with lament literature. Graham Ogden takes seriously the book's lament setting, exegeting it entirely from within that framework. In his commentary on the book of Malachi, Richard Deutsch examines the religious, moral, and social aspects of the early postexilic Jewish community that the prophet was addressing in this brief book.
By E. John Hamlin. 1996
The book of Ruth, set in the period of the judges, is a beautiful story of the love, covenant loyalty,…and daring initiative of two impoverished widows. Together with a generous open-hearted man, they demonstrate the truth of Proverbs 23:18 that applies to individuals, families, communities, and nations: "Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off." In this excellent commentary E. John Hamlin approaches the book of Ruth as literature, as history, as part of the canon, and as truth-telling story.
By Richard J. Coggins, S P Re'Emi. 1985
This commentary concerns writings which emerged from three successive stages in Judah's decline and captivity — the century of fear…engendered by the Assyrian menace (addressed in Nahum), the shock and disorientation that followed the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem (Obadiah), and the necessary dilemma of adapting yet maintaining their uniqueness in an alien setting (Esther). All three books reflect the efforts to maintain faith despoite continued assaults on traditional views of the nature of God and the Covenant.
By Juan I. Alfaro. 1989
As the most forceful biblical proponent of the ideals of justice, loyalty, and kindness, Micah holds special appeal for those…who are concerned about the powerlessness of the poor and humble. In this commentary Juan Alfaro examines the prophecies of Micah as they address both the internal and the external crises that faced Judah in the eighth century B.C. Throughout his exposition Alfaro stresses that Micah does not belong to a dead past; rather, Micah's challenging message of judgment and hope calls for change and conversion in our world today.
By E. John Hamlin. 1983
In keeping with the international character of the series, E. John Hamlin's commentary on Joshua pays more than usual attention…to the fulfillment of the third part of God's promise to Abraham, "By you all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves," as well as to the roles played by non-Israelites such as Rahab and the Gibeonites. Hamlin also takes full account of issues such as war and liberation, land distribution and management, and personal fulfillment. Among the important theological insights revealed in this commentary are God's faithfulness to his oppressed people, the importance of land to the covenantal idea, the establishment of a new society based on justice, freedom, and loyalty and secured through covenant teaching and covenant bonding, and kingdom struggles leading to kingdom victory and pointing to God's final victory.
By Samuel H. Widyapranawa. 1990
This is a print on demand book and is therefore non- returnable.Series: International Theological Commentary This commentary presents an Indonesian theologian's contemporary interpretation…of Isaiah 1-39. According to S. H. Widyapranawa, in Isaiah we see the dynamics of faith in a turbulent world and we hear the prophetic admonition to uphold faith in the Lord and to oppose secularism, false prophecies, and sinful cultic practices. Indeed, this teaching from the eighth century B.C. is of paramount importance for the preaching of God's truth and justice in today's world.