Religion and Politics in Deuteronomy and the Modern World
Author: Rob Barrett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
The goal of the work is a heuristic reading strategy for a modern reader to engage with YHWH's threats against Israel in Deuteronomy. This goal is accomplished in three steps. First, the biblical text is considered through close reading to discern the logic of YHWH's threats: what motivates the threats, what form the threats take, and what effect the threats expect to produce. Second, a modern analogy is sought that most helpfully matches the structure and logic observed in the biblical text. A number of common modern analogies for the divine-human relationship (e.g., parent-child, master-slave, husband-wife) are deemed unhelpful because they cannot support the features of the biblical pattern. However, the threats of the modern state against those who threaten it are found to bear significant resemblance. Finally, this analogy is developed for each of several significant passages of Deuteronomy. In order to justify and substantiate the analogy, this book examines the religious and political background surrounding both Deuteronomy and the modern state through historical reflection. Since there are significant differences between the religio-political situations, sociological perspectives are used to provide patterns that can be applied within both the ancient and modern contexts. Finally, although the focus of the work is on establishing an analogy between YHWH's threats and those of the modern state, the book dedicates one chapter to discussing dis-analogous features to avoid over-emphasizing the similarity between the two.
The 7 Forms of Deception Each Christian Must Overcome
Author: Julius A. Agbor
Publisher: WestBow Press
“A textually meticulous account of the end of days that should appeal to devoted Christians” —Kirkus Reviews “This would be a helpful resource for some in an adult class or small group study” —Rich Guerra, District Superintendent, SoCal Assemblies of God “It is a well thought out and interesting study that is unmistakably saturated with thorough and well-defined research” —Johnny L. Green, PhD, Senior Pastor Bethel Ministries, Inc. Before the Rapture is a timely message for Christians in these last days of the church age, soon culminating in the rapture of the true believers. The book intends to help its readers escape the soon-coming wrath of God upon the earth by being adequately prepared for the soon-coming rapture of the true believers. The uniqueness of this book is in the fact that it clearly exposes the enemy’s deceptive strategies, which—if not mastered—will cause many Christians to miss out on the day of the rapture.
Whether it invokes hard work or merely a hen-house, a good simile is like a good picture—it's worth a thousand words. Packed with more than 16,000 imaginative, colorful phrases—from “abandoned as a used Kleenex” to “quiet as an eel swimming in oil”—the Similes Dictionary will help any politician, writer, or lover of language find just the right saying, be it original or banal, verbose or succinct. Your thoughts will never be "as tedious as a twice-told tale" or "dry as the Congressional Record." Choose from elegant turns of phrases “as useful as a Swiss army knife” and “varied as expressions of the human face”. Citing more than 2,000 sources—from the Bible, Socrates, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and H. L. Mencken to popular movies, music, and television shows—the Similes Dictionary covers hundreds of subjects broken into thematic categories that include topics such as virtue, anger, age, ambition, importance, and youth, helping you find the fitting phrase quickly and easily. Perfect for setting the atmosphere, making a point, or helping spin a tale with economy, intelligence, and ingenuity, the vivid comparisons found in this collection will inspire anyone.
When shells fell on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, a country was torn apart. This began four long years of the most devastating was on United States soil. The Great War of Destruction is a compelling first-hand look at the was that divided a country. Historian Russell G. Le Van has compiled personal accounts and letters along with military orders and strategies to present an in-depth look at the War Between the States. Interviews with Civil War veterans and letters written in the midst of battle give us one of the most powerful views of the Civil War ever.