It is an exercise in taking the Bible scriptures as literal truth, gleaning subtleties from the original Hebrew texts through the Strong's concordance and building a picture of life in those times.
It shows things that are not immediately evident in today's perspective of the scriptures. It shows the importance of starting at the beginning of the story about God and his plan for man.
The book presents explanations on why Melchizedek was so revered and why Abraham decided to take a tithe of the plunder of the battle that saved Lot and give it to Melchizedek.
Through this book we study some of the personalities and characters of the book of Genesis and put them into perspective by showing a realistic time line for some of the period covered by the Book of Genesis.
For those who have been a Christian for many years, reading this book could be the catalyst to your future success as a Christian. It could change your life and give it meaning and as a child of God giving it direction and a purpose.
This book leaves no question or objection about tithing unanswered. It is a "must read" for any serious Bible student. There is a wealth of other doctrinal insights to be gained as one goes through the Bible in search of the truth about tithing.
This is Mary’s story from the annunciation by the angel Gabriel to her last days in Jerusalem. The story ends there where Mary goes first to live with the apostle John, then when John goes to Epheses, she lives alone under the care of her son James who is the leader of the Jerusalem Church. Joseph and Jesus are also major characters, but only in the sense that Mary is involved in their lives, and the account is essentially about Mary. Her last great gift is when she collaborates with Dr. Luke in writing his Gospel, which contains events that only Mary would know. Then Luke and Mary write another great letter to the fledging Hebrews who are gradully coming into the fold of the Church. Mary’s story does not end with her death, but with her restoration with Joseph and Jesus in Paradise.
Mary is mentioned twelve times in the New Testament of the Bible. Each of these is used to imagine what it would be like to be Mary in a time when she would become pregant before marrige, eventually see her son crucified, and be remembered many centuries later. An Antiphony follows each of the twelve parts of the Book told in Mary’s own words. Carefully researched, the text depicts life in Nazareth, Egypt, and Jerusalem.
Author Mark Hendrickson’s studies of lesser-known individuals from the Old and New Testaments offer tales rich with lessons that can instruct, inspire, or guide. Optional questions for discussion follow each story, suitable for Sunday school classes, Bible study groups, or personal reflection.
Including figures as diverse as Samson’s mother, the crew on Jonah’s boat, Pilate’s wife, and Paul’s jailer, this collection revisits forty-five Bible episodes from a fresh, insightful perspective. Although written from a Christian perspective, Famous but Nameless highlights character attributes that anyone can admire.“What a great expression of love! [It] will bring blessings to each one who reads it.” Rev. Larry Bernard, OFM “... inspiring stories with lessons in moral character to teach our children.” Cheri Hollenbaugh, veteran home-schooling mom. “...understandable...engaging ...Mark has lifted up the unnamed of long ago and in so doing helps to lift us up as well.” Rev. Dr. Gary F. Lewis
The “unknowable” elements of the Book of Job, concerning the Lord’s reply to Job in the last few chapters of the book, are presented in a manner that not only suggests that it is indeed knowable, but also reasonable and logical as well, providing a description of the universe and earth that belies the level of knowledge available to humanity at its inception. Certain controversial passages of the New Testament are addressed, such as the Magi, the intent behind the Feast at Cana, and Mary Magdalene’s true role in Jesus’ life and ministry, and this is followed with an interpretation of the symbolism found within the Book of Revelations. All in all, the author provides the reader with a new and different take on certain elements of old scriptures.
A telling story of the Exodus and the sacrifice of the blood of the lamb provides application to our daily lives as God’s plan unfolds through the trial and tribulations of life. This book is grounded in the truth of the word of God observed from a twelve year old boy’s point of view.Michael D. Murphy Ed. D
I would Recommend this book to all who are interested in Gods’ plan for their life. All ages would benefit from the message it tells. Because it is written from a twelve year boys’ point of view, it is very easy to follow, and to understand.Darla Dunn, Elementary Counslor, Public Schools; Missouri
At the beginning of the third millennium and an age of global diversity, Darrell J. Fasching argues that it is time for Christians to reject this view of their mission, along with the trail of prejudice and violence it has created, and replace militaristic metaphors of conquest with the biblical message of hospitality to the stranger. When we welcome the stranger, according to biblical teachings, we welcome God (Genesis 18:1-5), the Messiah (Matthew 25:35), or an angel of God (Hebrews 13:2).
Fasching takes us on a journey through the stories of the Bible to show that diversity is God's covenant intention for humanity. Consequently, the mission of Christians must not be to convert or eliminate non-Christians but rather to welcome them as strangers, for a world without strangers is a world without God.