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By Frank T. Griswold, Mark A. McIntosh. 2022
Encountering the living Word in the words of the Bible When we read Scripture, we learn about God. When we pray the Scriptures,…we experience the mystery of Jesus Christ and inhabit his life. In this book, Mark McIntosh and Frank Griswold bring to bear their decades of combined experience in both the church and the academy to introduce and explore the idea of praying the Scriptures. As McIntosh and Griswold demonstrate, this contemplative approach to the Bible integrates theology and spirituality and fosters genuine hope by bringing us into an encounter with the living Word. After first laying the foundation of what it means to pray the Scriptures, the authors guide the reader through vital biblical passages from different points in the church year, showing how the seasons of the liturgical calendar provide the soil in which the seeds of the Gospel can be nourished by the Holy Spirit, yielding in time a harvest of hope.
The Abide Bible Course Study Guide plus Streaming Video: Five Practices to Help You Engage with God Through Scripture
By Randy Frazee, Phil Collins. 2022
Discover five innovative ways to read the BibleDo you feel guilty that you don&’t read your Bible every day? When…you do sit down to study the Bible, do you find yourself easily distracted and feeling like you&’re missing something? Are you looking to connect with God&’s Word in a fresh way that makes you look forward to your daily time in Scripture? If so, The Abide Bible Course is for you!In this study, a professor and a pastor—Dr. Phil Collins and Randy Frazee—will walk you through five innovative practices that will take you beyond just reading and help you deeply engage with Scripture in a way that fits your unique personality and learning style. In each session, they will explain the practice and walk you through each one—with practical examples—so you can try it out for the upcoming week. These practices include:Praying Scripture: pray with the words of Scripture instead of your ownEngage Through Art: looking at works of art to help you see a passage in a new wayJournal: writing out your thoughts and feelings on a passage to give you greater clarityPicture It: putting yourself into the stories of the Bible to experience them firsthandContemplate: deeply reflecting and praying through a passage in God&’s WordJesus instructed his followers to "abide" in him so they could lead fruitful lives (see John 15:4). The Abide Bible Course will equip you to establish a daily, lifelong habit of abiding in God's Word so you can hear his voice.This study guide has everything you need for a full Bible study experience, including:The study guide itself—with video notes, a comprehensive structure for group discussion time, daily exercises to help you engage in each practice during the week and a guide to best practices for leading a group.An individual access code to stream all six video sessions online (you don't need to buy a DVD!).Watch on any device!Streaming video access code included. Access code subject to expiration after 12/31/2027. Code may be redeemed only by the recipient of this package. Code may not be transferred or sold separately from this package. Internet connection required. Eligible only on retail purchases inside the United States. Void where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law. Additional offer details inside.
By Charles A. Wanamaker. 1990
The letters of Paul to the newly founded Christian community at Thessalonica hold a special place within the Christian tradition…as possibly the earliest extant Christian writings. They are also of special interest not only for their theological value but for their sociological context. Among the communities established by Paul, the church at Thessalonica appears to have been the only one to have suffered serious external oppression. These two important epistles, then, speak uniquely to contemporary Christians living in a society often ideologically, if not politically, opposed to Christian faith.In this innovative commentary Charles A. Wanamaker incorporates what may be called a social science approach to the study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, taking into full account the social context that gave rise to Paul’s correspondence. While Wanamaker in no way ignores traditional historical-critical, linguistic, literary, and theological approaches to writing a commentary -- in fact, at several points he makes a significant contribution to the questions raised by traditional exegesis -- at the same time he goes beyond previous commentaries on the Thessalonian correspondence by taking seriously the social dimensions both of Christianity at Thessalonica and of the texts of 1 and 2 Thessalonians themselves. In blending traditional exegetical methods with this newer approach, Wanamaker seeks to understand Pauline Christianity at Thessalonica as a socio-religious movement in the first-century Greco-Roman world and attempts to grasp the social character and functions of Paul’s letters within this context.A significant and original addition to the literature on 1 and 2 Thessalonians, this commentary will be valuable to scholars, pastors, and students alike.
By Rena Rossner. 2013
One weekend, a decade ago, author Rena Rossner was served a bowl of lentil soup at dinner. The portion of…the Bible that had been discussed that week was the chapter in which Esau sells his birthright to his brother Jacob for a bowl of red lentil soup. Rossner was struck by the ability to bring the Bible alive in such a tactile way and decided on the spot to see whether she could incorporate the Bible into a meal each week. And so she has. The result, Eating the Bible, is an innovative cookbook with original, easy-to-prepare recipes that will ignite table conversation while pleasing the stomach. Every meal will become both a tactile and intellectual experience as the recipes enrich both the soul of the cook and the palates of those at the table.Every cook must glance at a recipe countless times before completing a dish. Often recipes involve five- to ten-minute periods during which one must wait for the water to boil, the soup to simmer, or the onions to sauté. It is Rossner's goal to help enrich those moments with biblical verse and commentary, to enable cooks to feed their souls as they work to feed the members of the household and guests. From the zesty "Garden of Eden Salad" to the "Honey Coriander Manna Bread," each recipe will delight the palate and spark the mind.
By Lena Einhorn. 2016
Did the Christian Church rewrite history? In the midst of her research on the historical Jesus, scholar Lena Einhorn stumbled…upon a surprising find. While reading through narratives of the Jewish revolt by first-century historian Flavius Josephus, Einhorn encountered a number of similarities to the Bible. These parallels?all limited to a short period of time?include an unnamed and mysterious messianic leader strikingly similar to the Jesus described in the Gospels?only he’s not the peaceful miracle worker we know so well. Significantly, Einhorn found that historical records consistently place these events (which allude to the conspicuous figure in Josephus’s writings) twenty years later than in the New Testament. Twenty years, with precision, every time.A Shift in Time explores the possibility that there may have been a conscious effort by those writing and compiling the New Testament to place Jesus’s ministry in an earlier, less violent time period than when it actually happened. In this groundbreaking book, Einhorn argues that when the bible and the accounts of first-century historians are compared side by side, it is clear that the events that shaped the Christian world were not exactly as they seem. Elements of this emerging hypothesis were included in Einhorn’s previous book,The Jesus Mystery, originally published in Swedish in 2006 and later published in the United States. Much has happened since then and Einhorn has presented her findings in various academic forums. The publication of A Shift in Time marks the first complete presentation of the full details of the hypothesis and a discussion of its conclusions and inevitable implications. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history—books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
By Lloyd M. Graham. 2012
Lloyd M. Graham is out to show that the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments as we know them,…are not "holy" nor are they the "word of God" revealed. The stories of the Bible were set down by power-seeking priests eager to inspire awe and to gather flocks who would take part in their rites and rituals, and they weren't very original, either. In Deceptions and Myths of the Bible, Graham reintroduces us to the true origins of Adam and Eve, who were derived from a Babylonian account; to the story of Noah's flood, which was the result of over four hundred years of flood accounts from various ancient civilizations; to the man named Moses who was fashioned after the Syrian story of Mises; and even to the laws of the Bible, which were patterned after the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi. Graham points out the 137 similarities between the story of Jesus and the story of the Egyptian god Horus, and the hundreds and hundreds of similarities between the story of Christ and the Hindu god Krishna. For any reader interested in history or theology, Graham's book is essential, eye-opening, and controversial reading. If you are an atheist, you'll be eager to read these arguments in support of your beliefs. If you are agnostic, you will want to have this evidence at your fingertips as you weigh systems of belief and disbelief. If you are religious, you will want to know how your faith came into being and how a study of history might shake or support your beliefs.
By The Episcopal Church. 2016
For more than 460 years, The Book of Common Prayer has been a treasured resource for those of the Episcopal…faith, which today has nearly two million members in the United States. Within its pages, countless many have found guidance, strength, and hope. One of the major works of English literature, it has been used regularly for weddings, baptisms, and Episcopal church services since it was first published. Phrases from within the text, such as "Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust" and "Till death do us part," are common in many of the traditions and ceremonies celebrated today by many Christians.Every day, readers will turn to it as a map to guide them as they travel along the path of their spiritual journey; they will turn to it in times of sickness and sorrow; and it will be ever-present by their side as they celebrate joyous occasions.A wonderful devotional resource for any Christian, this edition is packaged for gifting, and is ideal for Bible study groups, as well as confirmation and graduation gifts. The affordable price and compact size makes it ideal for those who like to have a copy they can take to the office, or pack conveniently in their luggage when traveling; a trusted companion for both physical and spiritual journeys.
By Jules Archer, Erin Peabody. 2016
With today's climate change, our environmental problems aren’t going away any time soon.To Save the Earth looks at the lives…of four extraordinary Americans who fought to save our earth. John Muir, a pioneer of conservationism, was the founder of our national park system. Rachel Carson, biologist and author, educated our country about the effects of pesticides and chemical waste. David McTaggart, the organizer of Greenpeace, introduced nonviolent protest into the struggle, while Dave Foreman, cofounder and former leader of the activist group Earth First!, shook up a movement that had grown complacent.The biographies of each of these figures, as well as personal interviews with David McTaggart and Dave Foreman, help us to understand the environmental movement specific to the United States. With current issues of excessive pollution and climate change, this is an excellent resource for introducing young readers to the cause. Upon first publication, To Save the Earth was chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection, and now, this fascinating and important book is back in print to teach a whole new generation of readers the importance of environmental conservation and preservation.
By Elizabeth R. Hayes, Karolien Vermeulen. 2022
The Bible is interpreted in a variety of ways and through a myriad of lenses. But how we interpret Scripture…depends first of all on how we read it. This handbook focuses on the process of reading itself, taking a cognitive-stylistic approach grounded in recent research on language and the mind. Through accessible explanations of twelve key stylistic elements, How We Read the Bible provides all who study Scripture with the tools to understand what happens when we read and draw meaning from biblical texts. Rather than problematizing the divide between authors from the ancient world and a modern-day audience, Karolien Vermeulen and Elizabeth Hayes bridge the gap by exploring the interaction between the cues of the text and the context of the reader. With numerous examples from the Old and New Testaments and helpful suggestions for further study, How We Read the Bible can be used within any framework of biblical study—historical, theological, literary, and others—as a pathway to meeting Scripture on its own terms.
By R. T. Kendall. 2022
What happens when prophets are wrong?In 2020, many Christians claiming to be prophets said that God told them that Donald…Trump would be re-elected as president, which did not happen. What happens when prophets get it wrong? Are there consequences for misleading God's people?In recent years, gross misjudgments among Charismatic Christians claiming to speak for God and moral failures within Evangelicalism have resulted in a crisis of belief. In Prophetic Integrity, bestselling author and speaker, R.T. Kendall gives a warning to those speaking in God's name and offers a way forward in trusting God despite the failures of the church.Personal accounts of visions and supernatural experiencesGood, bad, and ugly examples of modern-day prophecySeven levels of prophetic giftingExamples of false teachings within open theismRelevant Bible verses and meaningful quotesThought-provoking questionsA call for honesty, vulnerability, and repentanceProphetic Integrity is a book for those who believe that God still speaks today but have serious questions about those within the church that identify as prophets.
By Hannah K. Harrington. 2022
The books of Ezra and Nehemiah represent a significant turning point in biblical history. They tell the story not only…of the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem but also of the resurrection of God&’s people from the death of exile. Hannah Harrington thus begins her commentary with an evocative description of these books as &“the story of a new Israel forged out of the old&” and &“the text of a people clinging to their genealogical past and attempting to preserve their heritage while walking forward into uncharted territory.&” Throughout this commentary, Harrington combines analytical research on the language and culture behind the books of Ezra and Nehemiah with challenging thoughts for the Christian church today, bringing to bear a unique perspective on these books not as the end of Old Testament history but as early documents of the Second Temple period. Accordingly, Harrington incorporates a wealth of information from other Jewish literature of the time to freshly illuminate many of the topics and issues at hand while focusing on the interpretation and use of these books for Christian life today.
By Tremper Longman III. 2022
The book of Revelation simply cannot be understood apart from the Old TestamentThrough Old Testament Eyes is a new kind…of commentary series that illuminates the Old Testament backgrounds, allusions, patterns, and references saturating the New Testament. The structure and content of the Old Testament were second nature to the New Testament authors and their audiences, but today's readers have no reference point for understanding their intricate role in the New Testament. Bible teachers, preachers, and students committed to understanding Scripture will gain insight through these rich Old Testament connections, which clarify puzzling passages and explain others in fresh ways.The images of Revelation--like a seven-sealed scroll, four horsemen bringing destruction and death, locusts from the Abyss, and more--often seem hopelessly complex to today's readers and have led to egregious misunderstanding and misinterpretations. But as Tremper Longman demonstrates in Revelation Through Old Testament Eyes, this confusion arises from unfamiliarity with symbolism that Revelation's first readers readily comprehended. In large part, the imagery arises from first-century AD Greco-Roman culture and from the Old Testament, with its own background in ancient Near Eastern literature. Through its unmistakable Old Testament connections, Revelation exhorts readers to persevere in the present and place their hope in God for the future. Avoiding overly technical discussions and interpretive debates to concentrate on Old Testament influences, Revelation Through Old Testament Eyes combines rigorous, focused New Testament scholarship with deep respect for the entire biblical text.
Spurgeon & the Psalms will guide you into reading and meditating on God's Word with the insight of &“the prince…of preachers.&” This devotional psalter features a brief extract from Charles Spurgeon's beloved The Treasury of David leading into each of the 150 chapters of Psalms.In this edition, Spurgeon's insights are paired with the trusted New King James Version. The NKJV balances the literary beauty and familiarity of the King James tradition with an extraordinary commitment to preserving the grammar and structure of the underlying biblical languages. The result is a Bible translation that is both beautiful and uncompromising—perfect for serious study, devotional use, and reading aloud.Features include:Devotional thoughts from Charles Spurgeon drawn from The Treasury of DavidAn exquisite edition of Psalms in the trusted NKJV translationEach psalm is set in a poetic-style single column on a right-hand page with room to journal your own meditationsClear and readable NKJV Comfort Print® About the Maclaren Series: Named for noted Victorian-era preacher Alexander Maclaren, this series of elegant Bibles features regal blue highlights and verse numbers, and clear, line-matched text.
By G. K. Beale. 2008
By Sandy Larsen, Dale Larsen. 2003
By Carolyn Nystrom. 2003
This landmark commentary, originally published in 1987, has been lauded as the best study available of Paul's theologically rich first…letter to the Corinthians. Writing primarily for pastors, teachers, and students, Gordon Fee offers a readable exposition of 1 Corinthians that clearly describes the meaning of Paul's ideas and their larger theological relevance.Fee's revised edition is based on the improved, updated (2011) edition of the NIV, and it takes into account the considerable scholarship on 1 Corinthians over the past twenty-five years. Fee has also eliminated "chapter and verse" language -- totally foreign to Paul's first-century letter -- relegating the necessary numbers for "finding things" to parentheses.
By Matthew V. Novenson. 2022
Reckoning with the hermeneutical struggle to make sense of Paul as both a historical figure and a canonical muse. Matthew Novenson…has become a leading advocate for the continuing relevance of historical-critical readings of Paul even as some New Testament scholars have turned to purely theological or political approaches. In this collection of a decade&’s worth of essays, Novenson puts contextual understandings of Paul&’s letters into conversation with their Christian reception history. After a new, programmatic introductory essay that frames the other eleven essays, Novenson explores topics including:the relation between theology and historical criticismthe place of Jews and gentiles in Paul&’s gospelPaul&’s relation to Judaismthe relevance of messianism to Paul&’s ChristologyPaul&’s eschatology in relation to ancient Jewish eschatologiesthe aptness of monotheism as a category for understanding antiquitythe reception of Paul by diverse early Christian writersthe peculiar place of Protestantism in the modern study of Paulthe debate over the recent Paul-within-Judaism movementanti-Judaism in modern New Testament scholarshipdisputes over Romans and Galatiansthe meta-question of what it would mean to get Paul right or wrong Engaging with numerous schools of thought in Pauline studies—Augustinian, Lutheran, New Perspective, apocalyptic, Paul-within-Judaism, religious studies, and more—while also rising above partisan disputes between schools, Novenson illuminates the ancient Mediterranean context of Paul&’s letters, their complicated afterlives in the history of interpretation, and the hermeneutical struggle to make sense of it all.
By Scot McKnight. 2022
The book of Acts shows the spread of the gospel from a band of apostles all the way to the…Roman Emperor. Luke, the writer of Acts, highlights the mission the church is on to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. But the mission is not one of their own making; the mission is God&’s, and it forms the unifying factor for all the people involved.Luke&’s account of the early church shines a light for our purpose today as well. As Scot McKnight says, we are called by God to participate in God&’s mission in the world to redeem it through Jesus Christ.&” What does this mission look like? How do we understand and apply the core message to our circumstances and conditions? Exploring the links between the Bible and our own times, McKnight shares perspectives that reveal the enduring relevance of the Book of Acts for our lives today.Ideal for personal reflection or group study, Acts will help you see God in the biblical context so you can hear from God in your context.In the New Testament Everyday Bible Study Series, widely respected biblical scholar Scot McKnight combines interpretive insights with pastoral wisdom for all the books of the New Testament. Each volume provides:• Original Meaning. Brief, precise expositions of the biblical text and offers a clear focus for the central message of each passage.• Fresh Interpretation. Brings the passage alive with fresh images and what it means to follow King Jesus• Practical Application. Biblical connections and questions for reflection and application for each passage