In this engaging book, Graeme Goldsworthy reflects with clarity and practical insight on reading and using the Old Testament. By showing us how Jesus is central to the Old Testament's message, he encourages us to reinstate it as essential and transformative to our lives, churches and mission in today's world. The author asks important questions: Where is Jesus in the whole biblical storyline? How does the kingdom of God relate to him? In what way is he central to the divine revelation? This is a must-read for those who wish to transform their biblical understanding.
A layperson's guide to understanding how to read the Bible in context clarifies the Bible's key themes and shows how to apply them to daily life, through a series of everyday language conversations with today's brightest scholars. Original.
Embracing Change--maintaining Christian Identity : the Emerging Center in Biblical Scholarship
Author: Fredrick Carlson Holmgren
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
A perennial question throughout the history of the Christian faith has centered on the character of the Old Testament and its relationship to Jesus Christ. It is in this area that Christians and Jews have parted ways, creating a deep and enduring chasm between the two faith communities. With this new volume, Fredrick Holmgren aids in closing this hurtful breach by engaging with views on both sides of this important conversation. Holmgren dialogues with Christians from every point on the theological spectrum, urging the church to a new respect for the Jewish Bible, the enduring role of the Old Testament as "Christian scripture," and the valuable contributions of Judaism to the Christian faith. Warning the church against either caricaturing the Old Testament and Judaism or romanticizing Christianity, Holmgren sensitively shows that the New Testament proclamation of newness in Christ carries forward the witness of the Old Testament without making obsolete its Jewish interpretation.
This Book Will Teach You To Understand Your Bible! "Unlock Your Bible" offers simple help, so that the average woman sitting at home with her Bible on her lap can better make sense of what she is reading. The man who wants to be consistent in Bible reading can avoid confusion about the meaning of verses by using the key that is presented in this book. You will be able to to unlock YOUR Bible, and know how to understand it and apply its Truth to your life. You will find detailed answers to these questions: * Why does God seem harsh in the Old Testament but gentle in the New? * How do I understand what relevance a verse has to my personal life? * How am I to understand difficult passages, like when Jesus said like how a person should pluck out his eye if he lusts or cut off his hand if he steals? * How can I learn to enjoy reading the Bible instead of doing it out of a sense of obligation? "Unlock Your Bible" will teach you: * The most important key to understanding what you read in the Bible and how it applies to your own life. * Why people get confused when they try to understand the Bible. * What the main topic of the Bible is and how the whole Bible connects around that subject. Steve McVey is a best selling author of a dozen books. Here's what others have said about his books: * Grammy Award Winning Gospel Singer, Kirk Franklin said, "Steve McVey's books have been used by God to transform my Christian walk." * Dr. Tony Evans, President of The Urban Alternative wrote, "My good friend, Steve McVey, has put the amazing back into grace." * Gary Smalley, author of The Language of Love: "Few people have had the life change effect on my life that Steve McVey has had. Whenever I hear that he has a new book, I buy several copies." * Neil Anderson, author of The Bondage Breaker: "(Steve McVey's book) A Divine Invitation will enlarge your heart and increase your comprehension of God's love that goes beyond knowledge." * The late Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, wrote about A Divine Invitation: "Steve McVey has given us in very clear and understandable language a wonderful, indelible picture of just how beautiful, complete and even startling God's love for us really is." McVey writes to address specific needs in the reader's life. His books are filled with biblical truth, practical application, humor and affirmation that will encourage you and strengthen you in your own journey of faith. Buy just one of his books today and, like those, who have written their reviews above, you will find yourself wanting to buy all McVey's books. There is plenty of religious jargon out there on the market. These books will talk about your life, the things you face and how the grace of God will guide you safely through them and enrich your life in the process. "Unlock Your Bible: will forever change the way you see the Scriptures and create a hunger for the Scriptures like you may have never known until now.
How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding
Author: Lois Tverberg
Publisher: Baker Books
What would it be like for modern readers to sit down beside Jesus as he explained the Bible to them? What life-changing insights might emerge from such a transformative encounter? Lois Tverberg knows the treasures that await readers willing to learn how to read the Bible through Jewish eyes. By helping them understand the Bible as Jesus and his first-century listeners would have, she bridges the gaps of time and culture in order to open the Bible to readers today. Combining careful research with engaging prose, Tverberg leads us on a journey back in time to shed light on how this Middle Eastern people approached life, God, and each other. She explains age-old imagery that we often misinterpret, allowing us to approach God and the stories and teachings of Scripture with new eyes. By helping readers grasp the perspective of its original audience, she equips them to read the Bible in ways that will enrich their lives and deepen their understanding.
A Practical and Illuminating Guide to Each Book in the Bible
Author: Peter Kreeft
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Many people are often understandably intimidated or overwhelmed by the sheer size and complexity of the Bible. But now popular author and Boston University professor Peter Kreeft has written a clear road map of the Bible, focusing his keen insight and engaging wit on the core message of each book. It won't take long for you to understand why his guide to scripture has become a best-seller! Sparkling with intelligence and Kreeft's trademark humor, You Can Understand the Bible will transform dry study into spiritually satisfying adventures in God's Word. Regardless of how you approached- or didn't approach- the Bible before, you'll come away with a new appreciation of its depth and meaning. Kreeft also provides practical guidance for praying the scriptures every day, allowing the reader to delve into the messages of scripture in a manner that will surprise, delight, and reward.
This easy-to-use study for small groups and individuals will reveal the Christ-God's Chosen One-in the book of Psalms, showing Him as Creator, King of kings, the Crucified and Risen One, Shepherd, eternal High Priest, and more. Discussion questions, Bible passages, and helpful explanations and applications will give readers confidence that Jesus, their Savior, is the Christ, and that the all-powerful, sovereign God will bring all His plans to completion. About This Series: Stonecroft Bible Studies encourage people to know God and grow in His love through exploration of His life-transforming Word, the Bible. Each book is designed for both seekers and new believers and includes easy-to-understand explanations and applications of Bible passages, study questions, and a journal for notes and prayers.
The New Believer's Bible is uniquely designed to help the new Christian read, study, and understand the Bible. It includes features that help Christians develop and deepen their faith, while providing a foundation for their new life in Christ. Features and benefits: Clear and accurate New Living Translation How You Can Know God How to Study the Bible Four Devotional Reading Tracks Memory Verses One Year New Testament Reading Plan 52 Great Bible Stories Prophecies about Jesus Overview of the Bible Glossary of Christian Terms Charts and Indexes Versefinders Book intros Topical index
Norton Sterrett presents the general rules for reading the Bible's ordinary language and moves on to specific principles that apply to special types of language such as parables, figures of speech, Hebrew poetry and symbols. Richard Schultz has updated T. Norton Sterrett's beginner's guide to understanding the Bible. He suggests some more recent reference tools and offers more examples from contemporary English translations. In a new concluding chapter he helps you try out the principles on Psalm 51. --from publisher description.
To read the New Testament is to meet the Old Testament at every turn. But exactly how do Old Testament texts relate to their New Testament references and allusions? Moreover, what fruitful interpretive methods do New Testament texts demonstrate? Leading biblical scholars Walter Kaiser, Darrel Bock and Peter Enns each present their answers to questions surrounding the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament. Contributors address elements such as Divine and human authorial intent, the context of Old Testament references, and theological grounds for an interpretive method. Each author applies his framework to specific texts so that readers can see how their methods work out in practice. Each contributor also receives a thorough critique from the other two authors. A one-stop reference for setting the scene and presenting approaches to the topic that respect the biblical text, Three Views on the New Testament Use of Old Testament gives readers the tools they need to develop their own views on this important subject. The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Bible & Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series.
A Commentary on the Book of Revelation - Volume 2 The author presents a detailed study of the Book of Revelation emphasizing prophetic themes from the rest of the Bible which find their fulfillment in Revelation. To understand this controversial book, the author explores the many connections between the visions seen by the Apostle John and previous prophetic revelation given to Old Testament prophets such as Daniel, Ezekiel, and others. It is the author's conviction that an understanding of related passages elsewhere in the Bible is the most important key to unlocking the bewildering variety of interpretations which often accompany the study of the last book of the Bible. The commentary is linked to a free companion internet course providing an additional 70 hours of audio instruction linked to almost 1,000 slides.
Many find it difficult to take words that were written thousands of years ago and apply them to twenty-first-century life in the Western world. How do we read God's unchanging Word in a world that is increasingly defined by change? How to Read the Bible in Changing Times shows everyday Christians how to interpret and apply the Scriptures regardless of time and culture. Rather than seeing the Bible as a magic answer book, a list of commands to obey, or a series of promises to claim, this insightful book allows the Bible to retain its identity as a complex, inspired document while showing that the truth it contains is relevant and life-changing. It shows the reader how to determine the meaning of the text in its original context identify culturally relative features understand what the text teaches about God, his will, and his purposes apply the truths discovered to contemporary life situations It even shows readers how to discern God's will on the many modern issues that the Bible does not directly address.
Get ready to discover how the Bible is far more than history and information. It's more than a guidebook of moral codes and compilation of life lessons. While Scripture contains all of this and more, what's revealed in its timeless pages is only answer that can satisfy the longing of every human being throughout history.
John Drane's 'Introducing the New Testament' has long been recognized as probably the most authoritative and accessible survey of the subject, both for students and for general readers. This classic work has been revised and updated, taking full account of recent scholarly developments and archaeological findings. These include areas such as the historical Jesus, the theologies of the four Gospels, and the role of St Paul in the transformation of Christianity from a first century Jewish sect into a separate movement that was to spread throughout the world. This authoritative text has now been further enhanced by the introduction throughout of full colour illustrations and photographs, maps and diagrams.
Exploring Kierkegaard's complex use of the Bible, the essays in this volume use source-critical research and tools ranging from literary criticism to theology and biblical studies, to situate Kierkegaard's appropriation of the biblical material in his cultural and intellectual context. The contributors seek to identify the possible sources that may have influenced Kierkegaard's understanding and employment of Scripture, and to describe the debates about the Bible that may have shaped, perhaps indirectly, his attitudes toward Scripture. They also pay close attention to Kierkegaard's actual hermeneutic practice, analyzing the implicit interpretive moves that he makes as well as his more explicit statements about the significance of various biblical passages. This close reading of Kierkegaard's texts elucidates the unique and sometimes odd features of his frequent appeals to Scripture This volume in the series devotes one tome to the Old Testament and a second tome to the New Testament. Tome I considers the canonically disputed literature of the Apocrypha. Although Kierkegaard certainly cited the Old Testament much less frequently than he did the New, passages and themes from the Old Testament do occupy a position of startling importance in his writings. Old Testament characters such as Abraham and Job often play crucial and even decisive roles in his texts. Snatches of Old Testament wisdom figure prominently in his edifying literature. The vocabulary and cadences of the Psalms saturate his expression of the range of human passions from joy to despair. The essays in this first tome seek to elucidate the crucial rhetorical uses to which he put key passages from the Old Testament, the sources that influenced him to do this, and his reasons for doing so.
Most of us know something about Jesus and are intrigued by him. Perhaps as a child we attended Sunday school, or when flipping channels we've heard TV preachers talk about Jesus. We may have even thought, I'd like to find out for myself what Jesus said and did so I can come to my own conclusions about him. But we haven't had the opportunity to take a closer look. The Essential Jesus will help you discover who Jesus is and why he is so significant even life-transforming. Through both Old and New Testament readings you will discover why God sent Jesus, what Jesus taught, how he treated people, why he did miracles, the meaning of his death, the significance of his resurrection, what the Bible says about his second coming and much more. Whether alone or in a group setting, you can discover for yourself what makes Jesus so special. Market/Audience New Christians Seekers People engaged in personal Bible study Small group leaders Features and Benefits Includes 100 short Scripture readings related to Jesus Great overview of the major themes of Jesus' life and saving work Allows readers to come to their own conclusion about Jesus Each session follows a five-step format: pray, read, reflect, apply, pray For individuals or groups
Pastor Colin Smith's four-volume masterpiece moves you past Bible stories to understand the Bible as one story--the glorious, unbroken account of Christ's work to redeem a fallen world. With this accompanying Study Guide, you'll be able to make the journey even more rewarding. The Volume Two Study Guide matches the second volume of the book series, and will help you unlock the Bible Story from Job to Malachi. Unlocking the Bible Story Study Guides will help you: Focus you or your small group's study time to be as productive and rewarding as it can possibly be Enrich your understanding of the book and your comprehension of God's Word Apply the book's lessons in ways that will change your life forever Volume 2 is a perfect follow-up to studying volume 1, which takes you through the beginning books of the Old Testament, from Genesis to Nehemiah--you or your small group could move through the entire Old Testament by using volumes 1 and 2 in less than a year. Then dive into the New Testament study guides by using volumes 3 and 4.
This is a must - have for pastors, teachers and all Christians who want to understand God's great plan of the ages revealed from Genesis to Revelation. Readers will find essential facts and historical background, but more importantly see how every book of the Bible points to Jesus and God's plan to transform everyone's life through faith in Him. This edition is in two volumes. The second volume ISBN is 9781459625792.
How Jesus' Kingdom Proclamation Can Transform Your World
Author: Steve Schaefer
Publisher: WinePress Publishing
How should we deal with our doubts? What should we keep in mind when we pray for healing? How can we share the gospel more effectively? Steve Schaefer contends that when we understand Jesus' central message—the kingdom of God—we can better handle such issues. The Old Testament prophets predicted the coming of God's end-time kingdom, but the New Testament reveals a surprising twist: the kingdom arrives in two stages. The first stage arrived with Jesus' first coming. The second stage will arrive at his second coming. So what happens in between? Living in the Overlap clarifies a topic that many Christians find mysterious, exploring the challenges and benefits of living in a kingdom that is both “already” and “not yet.” If you want a deeper understanding of Jesus' kingdom message, and if you want to explore the kingdom's implications for your life today, let this provocative and enlightening book be your guide.