o Marvin Meyer, premier scholar of Gnostic and other Christian literature outside the New Testament, presents every Gnostic Gospel and Jesus text with a brilliant overall introduction, introductions to each text, and notes that explain everything the reader needs to know to understand the text. He includes his latest translations of not only the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, the Gospel of Mary, but other texts such as the Secret Book of John, which some scholars regard as the second part of the New Testament Gospel of John. The material is largely from the discovery at Nag Hammadi, freshly translated and introduced, but also includes texts found elsewhere. The texts, especially taken together, present an image of Jesus as the ultimate wisdom teacher, a kind of mysterious Jewish Zen master, who scandalized listeners by his radical egalitarianism (regarding women, slaves, the poor, the marginalized as of equal status, or more, with establishment male believers) and his insistence on living the message, spiritual experience, vs. outer observance only.
o For those wanting to learn more after reading The Da Vinci Code. This book provides the definitive next book for those looking for expert presentation of the alternative Gnostic stream of Christianity, in which there is no talk of crucifixion and Mary Magdalene is presented as the disciple that Jesus loved best. "Marv is one of the original secret gospels scholars who has done an enormous amount of work to bring these texts to light. All of his research on the Nag Hammadi texts is having an incredible impact on our knowledge of early Christian history––it is virtually redefining it." ––Dr. Elaine Pagels, Princeton University
Upon the altar of this Flame, to the true creator of this book, the writer offers it, and dedicate it to the one Fire which blazes forth from God, and is now hidden within each living thing.
A lot has been said about Satan and demons in music and movies, on the Internet and TV, but it can be difficult to figure out what's true and what's folklore. Professor Mark Muska uses the Bible to answer the most-asked questions about Satan and demons, including:
· Who is Satan?
· Does Satan really have horns, hoofs, and a tail?
· Can Satan read our thoughts?
· What is demon possession?
· Can anything protect us from demonic attacks?
You'll discover exactly what God's Word says--as well as what it doesn't say--about these mysterious beings.
Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields.
Strobel challenges them with questions like, How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event?
Winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award and twice nominated for the Christian Book of the Year Award, Strobel’s tough, point-blank questions read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. But it’s not fiction. It’s a riveting quest for the truth about history’s most compelling figure.
The new edition includes scores of revisions and additions, including updated material on archaeological and manuscript discoveries, fresh recommendations for further study, and an interview with the author that tells dramatic stories about the book's impact, provides behind-the-scenes information, and responds to critiques of the book by skeptics. As The Case for Christ and its ancillary resources approach 10 million copies in print, this updated edition will prove even more valuable to contemporary readers.
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.
Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors: Volume 5 gives the busy pastor a head start on sermon preparation. With 52 complete sermon outlines, pastors can save hundreds of hours a year, with the base research and layout for a year's worth of sermons already in place.
Here's some advantages Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors: Volume 5 provides:
* These are complete sermon outlines. Each sermon outline is much more than a basic three point outline requiring a lot of time and research to flesh out. These outlines go much deeper, with each main point completely developed with sub-points and more.
* Each sermon outline is rooted in God's Word and expository with a wealth of detail, great for spurring your own thoughts and allowing you to take the sermon in another direction as you feel led.
* Every sermon outline is solidly based in the Bible and conservative theology.
* Sermon illustrations include enough detail to suggest your own personal or applicable illustrations.
* 3 complete sermon series, providing a map for the next several Sundays, saving many hours of advance planning and preparation.
If you're a pastor with more to do than time to do it, Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors: Volume 5 is for you.
Sermon titles and Scripture references for Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors: Volume 5:
1. Next Level: Sermon 1 - Desire - Luke 9:20-23
2. Next Level: Sermon 2 - Denial - Luke 9:20-23
3. Next Level: Sermon 3 - Death - Luke 9:20-23
4. Next Level: Sermon 4 - Decision - Luke 9:20-23
5. I Don't Feel Like... - 2 Samuel 22:31
6. How Good is Good Enough? - Acts 10:1-8
7. Who Are You? - Luke 15:11-32
8. Against All Hope - Romans 4:18
9. Christian Integrity - Psalm 15:1-5
10. True Joy - Philippians 3:1-12
11. Two Memorials - Joshua 4:1-11
12. What About Jesus? - Matthew 19:16-22
13. The Reason for Joy - Philippians 4:18-20
14. One Step - 1 Samuel 20:3
15. He Will Uphold - Isaiah 39:5-7
16. Come and See - John 1:35-51
17. What God is Looking For - Judges 6:11-24; 7:1-15
18. Reminder - Titus 3:3-7
19. Where Are You Going? - Galatians 1:13-24
20. What's Going On? - Luke 21:25-38
21. Pleasing God - Hebrews 11:5; Genesis 5:18-24
22. Mother's Day - Not Condemned - Luke 10:38-42
23. Covered - Genesis 3:21
24. Repentance - Psalm 51:1-17
25. A Missionary Right Where You Are - Luke 8:26-39
26. How to Have Revival - 1 Kings 18:41-46
27. On the Other Side - Exodus 14:1-31
28. Are You Remembering? - Deuteronomy 8:1-20
29. Discouragement - Psalm 42:1-11
30. Father's Day - Mighty Men - 2 Samuel 23:8-19
31. People of Service - John 13:1-17
32. Is It Jesus Only? - Acts 16:16-30
33. Eternally Secure - Philippians 1:3-6
34. They Slept Through It - Micah 5:2
35. Launch - Commitment and Connection - Acts 2:37-42
36. Launch - Deep Family - Romans 12:9-13
37. Launch - Together - Hebrews 10:19-25
38. Launch - Fellowship - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
39. Lights - Matthew 5:14-16
40. The Meaning of Baptism - Romans 6:3-4
41. The Church's Role in Times Like These - 2 Timothy 4:1-5
42. Our Position of Freedom (Part 1) - Galatians 4:1-7
43. Our Position of Freedom (Part 2) - Galatians 4:1-7
44. Don't Live Like the Rest of the World - Ephesians 4:17-24
45. Prayer and Forgiveness - 1 John 1:9
46. Move Out - Sermon 1 - Pray - Luke 10:1-2
47. Move Out - Sermon 2 - Prepare - Luke 9:57-62
48. Move Out - Sermon 3 - Places - Luke 10:1
49. Move Out - Sermon 4 - People - Matthew 9:35-38
50. Move Out - Sermon 5 - Three Groups in the Harvest - Matthew 8:28-9:13
51. Move Out - Sermon 6 - The Example of Jesus - John 4:5-30
52. Move Out - Sermon 7 - You Were Created for This! - Jeremiah 1:4-10
The Bible can be difficult to read and comprehend. Joyce has chosen the Amplified Version for her personal use because of the words added to the text to illuminate the meaning and to enhance understanding. Joyce's goal in offering this unique Bible with her notes and comments is to build sturdy bridges between the words of the Bible and your everyday life.
Joyce hopes THE EVERYDAY LIFE BIBLE will help you apply biblical truth to your life through her contributions, which include:
Book Introductions--Joyce's thoughts on why each book is important and how it relates to practical living.
Everyday Life Articles--Highlights of Joyce's teachings to help you apply specific biblical truths to your life.
Life Points--Short quotes and comments from Joyce offering you encouragement and wisdom during challenging times.
Putting the Word to Work--Questions that enable you to evaluate your life in light of biblical truth and instruction.
Speak the Word--Verses adapted to be first-person confessions or prayers, bringing biblical promises to a new and personal level.
Joyce's no-nonsense approach to life has endeared her to millions as a teacher, mentor, and friend. Having her thoughts and teachings accessible as you study Scripture will give a new dimension to the words of life and you'll feel as though you have Joyce as your own study partner.
This is the realm of impossibilities, where imagination is carried away by a spiritual insight, which is here referred as the phoenix.
The allegory inside this book takes us to a subconscious realm, that can lead us to the most uplifting and unknown side of ourselves, but also to other realities as well, namely, the ones that are parallel to ours, and also other dimensions and galaxies.
It is with this allegory of the phoenix that we understand the role of the dragons and serpents of our planet, and how they interfere in the Tao of our existence.
As a dance of forces, vibrations of different natures, these symbols and concepts take us to the deepest truth within, of who we are and how far can we go.
This is a book about the adventures of our soul, the journey within that so many Shamans live to explore.
It's also about a path that all spiritualists and gurus have experienced, a path that some have called nirvana, enlightenment or awaking, but few have ever had the ability to fully describe in a way that can be perceived by the common mortal.
The Native Americans have often told us about the spirit of the eagle that keeps guard over the spiritual world.
This eagle, or big bird, is representative of another living force, which is the phoenix, the bird of fire.
This is why many mystics of ancient times believed that only fire could take souls to another world.
The fire purifies the body, but the most potent fire comes from within, as an energy that we burn with our conscious awareness.
This is the fire that Buddhists, Taoists and Hindus persist in awakening from within, commonly using disciplines created specifically for this purpose, such as yoga, chikung and meditation.
This fire represents the power of our own spirituality, which most people are unaware to possess.
As mortals and genetically manipulated slaves of a few alien species, we've lost the physical capability to ignite it. But the phoenix can help us reach it, through the spiritual nature that is within each one of us.
The one who can ride the phoenix, can travel very far, to amazing lands. And these are the ones that often come back, when they choose to, as our prophets and religious leaders.
This book describes their journey to Valhalla, Heaven, Paradise, or more simply, the Laboratory of God.
Features include:Sound, fresh teaching on Scripture Historical and cultural insight into biblical passages Sidebars that highlight the primary concepts of the chapter
Why wasn't Eve surprised when the serpent spoke to her?
How did descendants of the Nephilim survive the flood?
Why did Jacob fuse Yahweh and his Angel together in his prayer?
Who are the assembly of divine beings that God presides over?
In what way do those beings participate in God's decisions?
Why do Peter and Jude promote belief in imprisoned spirits?
Why does Paul describe evil spirits in terms of geographical rulership?
Who are the "glorious ones" that even angels dare not rebuke?
After reading this book, you may never read your Bible the same way again.
"There is a world referred to in the Scripture that is quite unseen, but also quite present and active. Michael Heiser's The Unseen Realm seeks to unmask this world. Heiser shows how important it is to understand this world and appreciate how its contribution helps to make sense of Scripture. The book is clear and well done, treating many ideas and themes that often go unseen themselves. With this book, such themes will no longer be neglected, so read it and discover a new realm for reflection about what Scripture teaches."
--Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director for Cultural Engagement, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement
"'How was it possible that I had never seen that before?' Dr. Heiser's survey of the complex reality of the supernatural world as the Scriptures portray it covers a subject that is strangely sidestepped. No one is going to agree with everything in his book, but the subject deserves careful study, and so does this book."
--John Goldingay, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
"This is a 'big' book in the best sense of the term. It is big in its scope and in its depth of analysis. Michael Heiser is a scholar who knows Scripture intimately in its ancient cultural context. All--scholars, clergy, and laypeople--who read this profound and accessible book will grow in their understanding of both the Old and New Testaments, particularly as their eyes are opened to the Bible's 'unseen world.'"
--Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
More than three quarters of a million people have turned to How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth to inform their reading of the Bible. This fourth edition features revisions that keep pace with current scholarship, resources, and culture. Changes include:Updated language for better readabilityScripture references now appear only in brackets at the end of a sentence or paragraph, helping you read the Bible as you would read any book—without the numbersA new authors’ prefaceRedesigned and updated diagramsUpdated list of recommended commentaries and resources
Covering everything from translational concerns to different genres of biblical writing, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth is used all around the world. In clear, simple language, it helps you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible—their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today—so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s Word.
Wouldn't you like to have all the Scriptures on an important Bible topic, such as marriage, end times, the Holy Spirit, or money management in one place and instantly available – not just the references but the entire passage?
The MacArthur Topical Bible is the most user-friendly Bible study tool released in decades. It's a comprehensive volume of 20,000 Bible topics and more than 100,000 Bible passages, carefully cross-referenced and organized for quick and complete visual location. It's an amazing time-saver for teachers and pastors planning their lessons.
Designed for beginning students as well as seasoned scholars, The MacArthur Topical Bible is useful with all Bible translations. It is the perfect companion to the MacArthur Study Bible.
Next to the Bible this is the best companion a Christian can have for in-depth study of thousands of spiritual subjects.
Success, true love, and the life you've always wanted. Many of us placed our faith in these things, believing they held the key to happiness, but with a sneaking suspicion they might not deliver. No wonder we feel lost, alone, disenchanted, and resentful. There is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravings—and now is the perfect time to meet Him again, or for the first time.
In Counterfeit Gods, Timothy Keller shows how a proper understanding of the Bible reveals the unvarnished truth about societal ideals and our own hearts. This powerful message cements Keller's reputation as a critical thinker and pastor, and comes at a crucial time—for both the faithful and the skeptical.
In War on the Saints, Jessie Penn-Lewis reveals:Satan's game plan-his tricks, lies, and methods of destructionThe deception-that "sincere" Christians can be deceivedThe devil's target-his methods for targeting believersSpiritual warfare principles-both offensive and defensiveLearn to equip yourself with God's full arsenal of weapons to defeat the enemy. Don't wait a moment longer. Now is the time to armor yourself against spiritual attacks. You can emerge victorious from every battle.
Christians are taught in their churches and schools that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God. But few receive instruction or guidance in how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller delves into the many facets of this everyday act.
With his trademark insights and energy, Keller offers biblical guidance as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness. He discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each reader.
Dr. Keller’s previous books have sold more than one million copies. His Redeemer Presbyterian Church is not only a major presence in his home base of New York, it has also helped to launch more than two hundred fifty other churches in forty-eight cities around the world. His teachings have already helped millions, the majority of whom pray regularly. And with Prayer, he’ll show them how to find a deeper connection with God.
This book is a collection of some of his sermons which were transcribed. Includes a short biography.
Brief Biography of Smith Wigglesworth ... 4
Chapter 1 - Have Faith in God ... 7
Chapter 2 - Deliverance to the Captives ... 13
Chapter 3 - The Power of the Name ... 21
Chapter 4 - Wilt Thou Be Made Whole? ... 31
Chapter 5 - I Am the Lord That Healeth Thee ... 38
Chapter 6 - Himself Took Our Infirmities ... 47
Chapter 7 - Our Risen Christ ... 53
Chapter 8 - Righteousness ... 58
Chapter 9 - "The Words of This Life" ... 64
Chapter 10 - Life in the Spirit ... 71
Chapter 11 - What It Means To Be Full of the Spirit ... 79
Chapter 12 - The Bible Evidence of the Baptism of The Holy Spirit ... 85
Chapter 13 - Concerning Spiritual Gifts ... 90
Chapter 14 - The Word of Knowledge and Faith ... 103
Chapter 15 - Gifts of Healing and Miracles ... 111
Chapter 16 - The Gift of Prophecy ... 118
Chapter 17 - The Discerning of Spirits ... 124
Chapter 18 - The Gift of Tongues ... 128
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Let’s face it, we all have questions about relationships in life.
When you lay your head down on the pillow at night, do you find these questions about your relationship with God running through your mind? How can I know God personally? Can I find peace and true contentment? What is the purpose of my life? How do I know how God wants me to live? What is prayer?
Throughout our lives, we all face a long list of questions on relationships that trouble our souls and require real answers based on real truth. How do I forgive someone who has hurt me badly? Can I mend this broken relationship? When my world seems to be falling apart around me, who can I trust and in whom dare I confide? How do I know whether a person is the right one to date? Will my marriage survive? How do I nourish my child’s heart? What do I do with my fears about expressing my love and care to a friend?
The good news is that in God’s Word we find the answers to life’s bewildering relationship questions.
We are not left to figure it out on our own and in our own strength and power. You are invited to begin a lifelong journey to discovering God’s words of truth for your life and relationships, and to discovering God Himself in the words of His Book!
After writing the Bhagavatam, Vyasa taught it to his son, Shukadeva Goswami, who later spoke the Bhagavatam to Maharaja Parikshit in an assembly of sages on the bank of the sacred Ganges River. Although Maharaja Parikshit was a great rajarshi (saintly king) and the emperor of the world, when he received notice of his death seven days in advance, he renounced his entire kingdom and retired to the bank of the Ganges to seek spiritual enlightenment. The questions of King Parikshit and Shukadeva Goswami's illuminating answers, concerning everything from the nature of the self to the origin of the universe, are the basis of Srimad-Bhagavatam.
This edition of Bhagavatam is the only complete English translation with an elaborate and scholarly commentary, and it is the first edition widely available to the English-reading public. This work is the product of the scholarly and devotional effort of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the world's most distinguished teacher of Indian religious and philosophical thought. His Sanskrit scholarship and intimate familiarity with Vedic culture combine to reveal to the West a magnificent exposition of this important classic.
How to Study the Bible can be used alongside or apart from the audio series available from Grace to You in either a personal or group study.
UNIQUE FEATURES:Corresponds with the audio message series available from Grace to You Features revised content and study questions For personal or group study use
Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger, and feelings of condemnation. . .all these are attacks on the mind. If you struggle with negative thoughts, take heart! The BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND BIBLE will help you win these all-important battles through clear, practical application of God's Word to your life. With notes, commentary, and previously unpublished insights by Joyce Meyer, this Bible is packed with features specifically designed for helping you deal with thousands of thoughts you have every day and focus your mind to think the way God thinks.
Special Features Include:
BOOK INTRODUCTIONS--thoughts on the importance of each book and how it relates to the battlefield of the mind WINNING THE BATTLES OF THE MIND--core teaching to help you apply specific biblical truths to winning the battle PRAYERS FOR VICTORY--Scripture-based prayer to help you claim God's guarantee of winning PRAYERS TO RENEW YOUR MIND--help for you to learn to think the way God thinks KEYS TO A VICTORIOUS LIFE--practical truths for overcoming mental or emotional challenges POWER POINTS--insight into how to think, speak, and live victoriously SPEAK GOD'S WORD-first-person Scripture confessions to train your mind for ultimate victorySCRIPTURES ON THOUGHTS AND WORDS--more than 200 Bible passages that teach you how to think and speak in agreement with God's Word.
The armies will consist of those under the Antichrist, and those for Israel. To be sure, it will be a one-sided event, but for. . .the Second Coming of the Lord. This will take place in the very midst of this battle when it looks like, for Israel, all hope is gone. However, when Jesus comes back the second time it will be a s a Man of War, such as the world has never seen as it regards His Power. Pharaoh asked a long time ago, "Who is the Lord?" The world at the time of the Second Coming is going to find out exactly Who Jesus is.
With the guidance of the Society of Biblical Literature, an organization of the best biblical scholars world wide, we have selected Dean of Yale Divinity School, Harold Attridge, to oversee the Study Bible's updating and revision.
Including up–to–date introductions to the Biblical books, based on the latest critical scholarship, by leading experts in the field
concise notes, clearly explaining names, dates, places, obscure terms, and other difficulties in reading the Biblical text careful analysis of the structure of Biblical books
abundant maps, tables, and charts to enable the reader to understand the context of the Bible, and to see the relationship among its parts.
In this new revised edition every introduction, essay, map, illustration and explanatory note has been reviewed and updated, and new material added. For instance,
There are newly commissioned introductory essays on
the archaeology of ancient Israel and the New Testament world,
the religion of ancient Israel,
the social and historical context of each book of the Bible, and
on Biblical interpretation.
There are completely new introductions and notes for many of the books in the Bible, plus a full revision and updating of all others.
The Temple is an amazing, bestselling guide that presents hundreds of facts about the Temple. The full-color ebook covers the Tabernacle in the wilderness to the Temple built by King Solomon, Zerubbabel, and Herod's Temple, the one Jesus knew so well. The Temple ebook has colorful illustrations of the Temple drawn to scale based on measurements from the Bible. Each of the Temple furnishings are explained in detail, as well as their functions, purposes, and the meanings they have for believers today.
A beautiful cutaway illustration of the first temple, Solomon's Temple, shows what the Temple may have looked like inside and out. Teachers can show students the outer courtyards of the Temple and the area where Jesus praised the widow who gave sacrificially to the Lord, giving "the widow's mite." The Temple ebook explains each of the Temple's key features: the Ark of the Covenant, the Veil, the Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place (the Holy of Holies), to name a few. The Temple pamphlet includes:
•A tour of the temple and its features
•An historical time line and fascinating facts
•A Q & A about the Temple
•A beautiful illustration of Herod's Temple (sometimes called the third temple)
• References to Jesus in the Temple
•Biblical encounters that happened in God's Temple
The Temple ebook provides a numbered list indicating each of the key features of the Temple and explains their original purposes and what their uses mean to us today. For example: The Brazen Altar (Bronze Altar). Back THEN it was the place where the perfect animal was sacrificed for the sins of the people. NOW Jesus is the perfect sacrifice. Old and New Testament Scripture references are provided for each Temple feature:
•Sacrifice / the Brazen Altar (Bronze Altar)
•The Sea (Bronze Basin)
•Brass Pillars (Bronze Pillars)
•Golden Lampstand and Tables of Showbread
•Golden Incense Altar
•Most Holy Place
•Ark of the Covenant and Mercy Seat
An historical time line shows the years the Temples were built, destroyed, and rebuilt. The timeline covers:
The Temple ebook provides fascinating details:
•Learn who made the plans for the Temple
•Who raided and destroyed the Temples
•Whether the Temple will be restored
The Temple is an excellent overview on "God's dwelling place on earth".
Seeking Him is a 12-week interactive study on personal revival. Get ready to experience the freedom and joy of an honest and humble heart, true repentance, God's amazing grace, genuine holiness, a clear conscience, radical forgiveness, sexual purity, and walking in the Spirit. Each week includes five days of individual study, questions for group discussion and interaction, testimonies of changed lives, and 'Making it Personal' questions and exercises.
God says that if you seek Him you will find Him. What are you waiting for?
Since the advent of the printing press and the accurate reproduction of texts, most people have assumed that when they read the New Testament they are reading an exact copy of Jesus's words or Saint Paul's writings. And yet, for almost fifteen hundred years these manuscripts were hand copied by scribes who were deeply influenced by the cultural, theological, and political disputes of their day. Both mistakes and intentional changes abound in the surviving manuscripts, making the original words difficult to reconstruct. For the first time, Ehrman reveals where and why these changes were made and how scholars go about reconstructing the original words of the New Testament as closely as possible.
Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our cherished biblical stories and widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself stem from both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes -- alterations that dramatically affected all subsequent versions of the Bible.
Discover the world’s all-time bestseller in an entirely new light
Ninety percent of Americans own a copy of the Bible, and while it's the most widely read book, it's also the least understood. Regardless of your religion, understanding the Bible brings much of Western art, literature, and public discourse into greater focus—from Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper" painting to the Wachowski brothers' The Matrix movies. People have historically turned to religion to deal with tragedy and change, and with the right insight, the Bible can be an accessible, helpful guide to life's big questions.
The Bible For Dummies appeals to people of all faiths, as well as those who don't practice any particular religion, by providing interfaith coverage of the entire Bible and the often fascinating background information that makes the Bible come alive. You'll find answers to such questions as:Where did the Bible come from? Who wrote the Bible? How is the Bible put together?
Follow the history of the Bible from its beginning thousands of years ago as tattered scrolls to its status as the bestseller of all time. The Bible For Dummies covers these topics and more:Ten people in the Bible you should know The Hebrew Bible The Apocrypha's hidden treasures What's new about the New Testament Israel's wisdom, literature, and love poetry The Bible's enduring influence The prophets: more than fortunetellers
Whether you're interested in broadening your spiritual horizons, uncovering the symbolism of Western culture, or gaining a deeper understanding of the book you grew up reading, The Bible For Dummies has all the information you need to navigate this ancient and fascinating book.
Special features in Women of the Bible include:
• A list of all the women of the Bible
• Timeline of the women of the Bible
• A list of women in Jesus’ family tree
• A list of women in Jesus’ life and ministry
Vital and deeply human, the women in this book encourage you through their failures as well as their successes. You’ll see how God acted in surprising and wonderful ways to draw them—and you—to himself.
This year-long devotional offers a unique method to help you slow down and savor the story of God’s unrelenting love for his people, offering a fresh perspective that will nourish and strengthen your personal relationship with him.
Moving chapter by chapter, Harvard professor James Kugel covers the Bible’s most significant stories—the Creation of the world, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the flood, Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and his wives, Moses and the exodus, David’s mighty kingdom, plus the writings of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the other prophets, and on to the Babylonian conquest and the eventual return to Zion.
Throughout, Kugel contrasts the way modern scholars understand these events with the way Christians and Jews have traditionally understood them. The latter is not, Kugel shows, a naïve reading; rather, it is the product of a school of sophisticated interpreters who flourished toward the end of the biblical period. These highly ideological readers sought to put their own spin on texts that had been around for centuries, utterly transforming them in the process. Their interpretations became what the Bible meant for centuries and centuries—until modern scholarship came along. The question that this book ultimately asks is: What now? As one reviewer wrote, Kugel’s answer provides “a contemporary model of how to read Sacred Scripture amidst the oppositional pulls of modern scholarship and tradition.”
Trained as an evangelical Bible scholar, Peter Enns loved the Scriptures and shared his devotion, teaching at Westminster Theological Seminary. But the further he studied the Bible, the more he found himself confronted by questions that could neither be answered within the rigid framework of his religious instruction or accepted among the conservative evangelical community.
Rejecting the increasingly complicated intellectual games used by conservative Christians to “protect” the Bible, Enns was conflicted. Is this what God really requires? How could God’s plan for divine inspiration mean ignoring what is really written in the Bible? These questions eventually cost Enns his job—but they also opened a new spiritual path for him to follow.
The Bible Tells Me So chronicles Enns’s spiritual odyssey, how he came to see beyond restrictive doctrine and learned to embrace God’s Word as it is actually written. As he explores questions progressive evangelical readers of Scripture commonly face yet fear voicing, Enns reveals that they are the very questions that God wants us to consider—the essence of our spiritual study.
This down-to-earth guide introduces you to the world's most studied book, the Bible. It provides an overview of the Good Book's story, explains the region where events took place, and provides insights into why the people and places of the Bible are still important today.
Open the book and find:
Where the Bible came from
How the Bible's books are organized
How Abraham came to be the father of three faiths
Profiles of major players in Judaism and Christianity
Facts about Jerusalem's role in the major religions
These English translations are easy to read, and Buddhist terms are explained in the glossary. One can read this book for pleasure, or study it for spiritual development. One can also recite the sutras, prayers, and mantras as a spiritual practice. Students in Buddhist Studies certainly can use this book to support and enhance their learning.
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering is the definitive Christian book on why bad things happen and how we should respond to them. The question of why there is pain and suffering in the world has confounded every generation; yet there has not been a major book from a Christian perspective exploring why they exist for many years.
The two classics in this area are When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, which was published more than thirty years ago, and C. S. Lewis’s The Problem of Pain, published more than seventy years ago. The great secular book on the subject, Elisabeth Ku¨bler-Ross’s On Death and Dying, was first published in 1969. It’s time for a new understanding and perspective, and who better to tackle this complex subject than Timothy Keller?
As the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, Timothy Keller is known for the unique insights he shares, and his series of books has guided countless readers in their spiritual journeys. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering will bring a much-needed, fresh viewpoint on this important issue.
The Purple Book will help you understand foundational truths that God wants you to hear on topics such as sin, salvation, spiritual gifts, prayer, worship, generosity, and evangelism. It will show you how the Bible is "God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16). It will help you understand that the faith you hold has true power to change lives and transform nations. It will give you a solid foundation the enemy cannot dismantle—and a heart shaped by knowledge of God's Word.