Founding father Thomas Jefferson believed that "religion is a matter which lies solely between Man and his God," but these days many people seem to have forgotten this ideal. Conservatives claim America is a "Christian nation" and urge that laws be structured around religious convictions. Hardcore atheists, meanwhile, seek to undermine and attack religion at all levels. Surely there must be a middle ground.
In How to Be Secular, Jacques Berlinerblau issues a call to the moderates—those who are tired of the belligerence on the fringes—that we return to America’s long tradition of secularism, which seeks to protect both freedom from and for religion. He looks at the roots of secularism and examines how it should be bolstered and strengthened so that Americans of all stripes can live together peacefully.
"Jacques Berlinerblau mounts a careful, judicious, and compelling argument that America needs more secularists . . . The author’s argument merits a wide hearing and will change the way we think and talk about religious freedom." —Randall Balmer, author of Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts Faith and Threatens America
This ebook will add dimension to your time spent before God in prayer and in praise and worship. Each of God's names are listed along with their meaning, application, Bible reference, and pronunciation/comments The 21 Names of God are:
•El (the Strong One)
•Jehovah-Mekaddishkem (Jehovah Mekaddishkem)
•El Elohe Yisrael
•Jehovah-Nissi (Jehovah Nissi)
•Jehovah-Rapha (Jehovah Rapha)
•Jehovah-Rohi (Jehovah Rohi)
•Jehovah- Sabaoth (Jehovah Sabaoth)
•Jehovah-Shalom (Jehovah Shalom)
•Yah or Jah
In addition to explaining the names of God and their meanings, this Christian ebook offers suggestions on using this tool during personal reflection, including:
•The importance of knowing about The Lord of Hosts
•The Names of God in Psalm 23
•How to use the ebook to worship God, one name at a time.
The Names of God Christian ebook is an excellent addition to times spent in devotion, prayer, praise and worship. Using New Testament Scripture references, the ebook also reveals the names that God shares with Jesus, such as:
•El Olam, The Beginning and the End
•YHWH-Rohi, The Lord is my Shepherd
•Immanuel, God With Us, among many others
Compared to textbooks on the Tabernacle, The Tabernacle ebook is designed and written to be easy-to-understand and may be used for personal study or by a wide variety of groups. The Tabernacle is a tremendous teaching aid and an informative guide to teach on topics such as:
•What it was like to enter the Tabernacle
•The Pattern of Worship and the furnishings of the Tabernacle
•How the 12 Tribes of Israel camped around the Tabernacle in a specific order
•The Ark of the Covenant
•Old Testament Symbols of Jesus
•Aaron as High Priest and Jesus as the better High Priest
The Tabernacle pamphlet illustration, created exclusively for Rose Publishing by renowned Bible artist Stan Stein, provides an amazing inside look at the Tabernacle and all its furnishings. But this visual teaching aid not only explains the Old Testament Tabernacle in detail, it also helps young and old alike understand the symbolic relationship between the Tabernacle and Jesus Christ.
The content of The Tabernacle offers a wealth of information for the study leader and those they teach, including:
1. A Numbered Key to the full-color Tabernacle illustration includes Bible references and descriptions for each of the following Tabernacle features
•The Gate of the Court
•Laver of Bronze
•Table of Showbread (Shewbread)
•Altar of Incense
•Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies)
•Ark of the Covenant
•The Cloud and Pillar of Fire
•The High Priest and His Holy Garments
2. An In-Depth Description of the Ark of the Covenant
•A physical description of the Ark
•Where it was placed in the Tabernacle
•The role of the Levites, the Day of Atonement and the Mercy Seat
•Where God dwelled and spoke to the Priest
•The scriptural references to the Ark of the Covenant
3. Old Testament Symbols of Jesus, including Old Testament and New Testament Bible references.
4. A Description and full-color illustration of the High Priest
•Clothing and the purpose of the 11 specific items found in scriptures, such as the Turban (or Mitre), onyx stones on shoulders, and breastplate with 12 precious stones
•Service of the High Priest
•Aaron, the High Priest
•Jesus, the better High Priest
5. The Types of Sacrifices in the Tabernacle, their purposes and scripture reference
6. The Journey of the Ark of the Covenant
•From Mt. Sinai and covering 400 years beginning with the Exodus in 1450 BC
•Ending in 500 BC when Jeremiah prophesied that the Ark would be replaced by the Lord's presence.
7. The Tabernacle campsite and the placement of the 12 Tribes of Israel around the Tabernacle, including:
•The families of Merari and the Tribes of Naphtali, Asher, Dan
•The families Moses, Aaron and sons and the Tribes of Issachar, Judah, Zebulun
•The families of Kohath and the Tribes of Gad, Simeon, Reuben
•The families of Gershonites and the Tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin
"If you go to the Facebook page The Tabernacle Journey you will see our efforts to reach out to Sedona and our many tourists with a full-scale reproduction of the tabernacle. We actually used the Rose book to prepare the groups that were waiting to enter. One guest ordered a copy from you. It was very helpful. I attached the script we used for our guides. We had about 1000 visitors go through before one of the worst storms I have ever seen here made the structure unstable and the ground too wet. We fight quite a battle here in what the New Age calls its capital. Many were very moved. One Jewish man exclaimed at the end of the tour, 'So the tabernacle was all about the Messiah!" --- Paul Wallace, The Tabernacle Journey"
A spiteful boss, a defiant employee, a manipulative mother, a desperate housewife, an envious sister…honey, we know these women. We’ve lived with them, worked with them, or caught a glimpse of them in our mirrors.
Now let’s take a look at their ancient counterparts in Scripture: Sarah mistreated her maidservant, Hagar despised her mistress, Rebekah manipulated her son, Leah claimed her sister’s husband, and Rachel envied her fertile sister.
They were far from evil, but hardly perfect. Mostly good, yet slightly bad. In other words, these matriarchal mamas look a lot like us.
“A Slightly Bad Girl is simply this: a woman unwilling to fully submit to God. We love him, serve him, and worship him, yet we find it difficult to trust him completely, to accept his plan for our lives, to rest in his sovereignty.” —from Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible
Throughout the Old Testament, God commanded the children of Israel to observe his holy days (holidays) to remember the mighty things that he had done in the lives of Israel's forefathers. The Feasts of the Bible ebook celebrates and explains the meaning behind the different feasts and why they are important to God. Feasts of the Bible contains an easy-to-read chart that provides each holiday's name, explanation, date of observance, and symbolic meaning pointing to Jesus as the promised Messiah.
Why should you learn about the Hebrew roots of Christianity?
As a Jew, Jesus celebrated these feasts and holidays each year. The ebook is an excellent tool to learn about the Jewish roots of Christianity and to discover Yeshua, "Jesus," in each "holy day." The ebook shows the Hebrew name, spelling, pronunciation, symbolism of Jesus, Bible references, and New Testament fulfillment for each of God's appointed feasts:
•Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzot)
•Firstfruits (Yom HaBikkurim)
•Feast of Weeks or Pentecost (Shavuot)
•Feast of Trumpets or Rosh HaShanah (New Year)
•Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur
•Tabernacles or Sukkot (Feast of Booths)
•Rejoicing in the Law or Torah (Simchat)
•Feast of Dedication or Hanukkah (Chanukah or Feast of Lights)
•Feast of Lots or Purim
The Feasts of the Bible ebook provides important insights into the works of God on behalf of his chosen people. Feasts of the Bible is a celebration of the rich and meaningful heritage given to believers through Christ. The ebook reveals insightful and historical facts about each of the holidays; for example -
•Passover: A hymn is usually sung at the end of the Passover service, as was the case with Jesus and his disciples during the Last Supper (Matthew 26:30).
•During the Rosh HaShanah synagogue services, the shofar (ram's horn) is blown 100 times.
•Hanukkah is known as the Feast of Lights or the Feast of Dedication because of a legendary miraculous provision of oil for the eternal light in the Temple.
•Purim marks the deliverance of the Jews through Queen Esther.
Feasts of the Bible also includes additional fascinating facts about the feasts of the Bible; for instance:
•Leviticus 23 is sometimes called "God's calendar of redeeming grace" because the 44 verses tell of God's redemptive plan.
•God told Moses that seven of the feasts were to be "appointed feasts of the Lord" and were to be proclaimed as sacred assemblies (Leviticus 23:1 & 2).
•Three of the feasts were pilgrimage feasts.
Feasts of the Bible is a fantastic teaching tool for churches and groups who want to explore their Jewish heritage found in Christ. Believers will also find the observance of the feasts and holidays as a meaningful way to add depth to their devotion to God.
There's a small group DVD-based curriculum to go with this pamphlet. Click here (or go to FeastsOfTheBible.com) to see sample videos, sample sessions from the leader and participant guides, and to find out more about the Feasts of the Bible DVD-based study.
•September 4, 2013 - RoshHaShana (Jewish New Year)
•September 13-14, 2013- Yom Kippur
•September 18, 2013 - Sukkot
· chapter outlines, objectives, and summaries
· study questions
· sidebars featuring primary source material, ethical and theological issues, and contemporary applications
· lists of key terms, people, and places
· further reading recommendations
· endnotes and indexes
The book is supplemented by web-based resources through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources, offering course help for professors and study aids for students.
Psalm 23 has been read and cherished by countless generations and is considered the most popular psalm in the Bible. Easily read in 30 minutes or less, Psalm 23 is a great Bible study tool that provides a number of scriptural references that shows the importance of following the good shepherd.
14 panels, fits inside most Bibles, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, unfolds to 38 inches long
Now you can get an insider's look at what Psalm 23 is all about — a view from the shepherd. Learn how -
•Psalm 23 reveals the yearly cycle of sheep moving through their pastures
• A nomadic shepherd cared for his flock
• Danger, drama, and salvation from death figured into shepherding
•Sheep learned to trust and recognize their shepherd
•Compare rod and staff references throughout the Bible.
The Psalm 23 pamphlet is a word-by-word study of this cherished psalm, providing a meaning and an application for each phrase, as well as related Bible passages. For example:
"He restores my soul"
• Meaning - God cares for and keeps my heart and mind.
• Sheep may become "cast," stuck on their backs, unable to get up. A downcast sheep is one that has rolled over into a depression and cannot right itself to stand. In this condition, a sheep struggling to raise itself may quickly become dehydrated in the simmer sun. A cast sheep is also easy prey for wild animals. top heavy, body down in a hole, legs flailing the air, a sheep in this state is a funny sight to see - funny, but also helpless.
• Application - We can trust God for the needs of the body and spirit.
• How has God restored your soul?
• Related Passages - John 16:33; 17:13; Psalms 42:11
Psalm 23 also includes a number of charts that compare a shepherd's duties with Jesus' actions, Old and New Testament shepherding imagery, Scripture references that show how different people in the Bible use their rod and/or staff, and other information that will help you with your daily walk the Lord.
The Ten Commandments is an ideal Bible study resource for youth and adults. This ebook can be read in 30 minutes and shows both the traditional and contemporary wording of each of the 10 Commandments, a principle and the meaning of each commandment, what Jesus taught about the commandments, and why the 10 Commandments are important today.
Below is an example of the information you will find in The Ten Commandments:
•Commandment 3 - Do Not Misuse God's Name
•Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.
•God's name is holy, powerful and glorious.
•God's name is holy and should be treated with respect. there is power in the LORD's name and it shouldn't be used lightly. Because God is Spirit, we know Him through what He says about Himself, to take His name in vain violates God's nature. As God's creation, everything a person says and does should be done in order to praise and glorify God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
•When a man named Shelomith blasphemed the name of God with a curse, the Lord commanded that he be taken outside the camp and stoned to death. (Leviticus 24:10-16)
•Jesus was accused of blasphemy because He claimed to be God. (John 10:33)
•James warned believers to watch what they say because the tongue is capable of evil and poison and can easily corrupt a person. (James 3:5-9)
•Jesus said, "...every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven...But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words, you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:31, 36, 37)
•Jesus said to begin praying with: "Our Father in heaven, hollowed be your name." (Matthew 6:9)
•Jews and Jewish scribes would go to great measures in order to avoid saying or writing the LORD's name for fear of blasphemy. The Bible says we are to pray, heal, and baptize in Jesus' name. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:17, John 14:13, Acts 3:6)
•The Bible says that what we say is very important and it is a glimpse into who we are (James 3:9-12). God loves us and wants us to love and worship Him in whatever we are doing and at all times. God wants us to use His name; it is holy and powerful. If we can show respect for the names of our fathers, mothers, teachers and doctors, then how much more should we respect the name of our sovereign God.
The Ten Commandments breaks the 10 Commandments into two main divisions: commandments about our relationship to God and commandments about our relationship to other people. This ebook is also a great resource on the history of the commandments and why The Ten Commandments were revolutionary for their time.
Almost every person in the Bible belonged to one of the 12 Tribes of Israel based on their ancestry: From Moses who was a Levite to the Apostle Paul who was Benjaminite. Each tribe had its own history, land, and heritage. Now you can easily grasp the "backstory" of each tribe and see key information at a glance! For example, find out the significance of Jesus being called the "Lion of Judah." For each of the 12 Tribes of Israel, you will get—
• A quick overview of its meaning, size, family history, location, and more.
• A picture of the tribe's symbol (such as the lion from the Tribe of Judah)
• Simple summary of Jacob's blessing, Moses' blessing, and other key events related to each tribe. (Find out the major battles, controversies, and scandals that impacted each tribe. Plus, see which important Bible people came from each tribe of Israel.)
Features Incredible Visual Aids (Map of Israel, Tabernacle Diagram, and more)
This pamphlet is packed with visual aids that will help you see key information at a glance. These visuals will enrich your understanding of the 12 Tribes of Israel and add depth to any Old Testament study:
• Family Tree of Jacob (Israel)
• Tabernacle diagram showing where each of the 12 tribes encamped around the Tabernacle.
• Time Line showing key events, starting with Abraham's journey from Haran
• Easy-to-read, full-color map showing how the "promised land" was divided amongst each of the 12 tribes according to their inheritance. The map is color-coded so you can easily spot each tribe's location!
These books tell the story of the nation of Israel and the God who loves her, punishes her, and always brings this recalcitrant people back to Himself. It is really the story of all of us.
David M. Howard Jr. provides an in-depth introduction to the Old Testament historical books, focusing first on the overarching themes of historical narrative in general. He then turns his attention to each book.
From the conquest of Canaan to the fall of Jerusalem, from war to peace and back to war, from kings and queens to farmers and housewives--David Howard covers it all in this invaluable introduction to the Old Testament historical books.
Much about the early history of mankind had become entirely lost until the restoration of the gospel. These details about the first 2,000 years of human history are all to be found in this exciting volume.
We now know that Adam and Eve had two generations of children before Cain and Abel were born. The exact year of the Great Flood can now be calculated. Details about the golden age of Enoch are now available so that we can understand how the law of consecration works and how it eliminates poverty and crime.
One of the most magnificent stories in this book is the life of Abraham. He received revelations about astronomy and mathematics which he later taught the Egyptians. He was a remarkable example of faith and obedience, even in offering his own son as a sacrifice to the God he loved.
All of these tremendously important new revelations belong to the sweeping panorama of the first 2,000 years of human history.
This book is designed to make the study of the Old Testament an inspirational pleasure. Although presented for easy reading, the text is carefully documented so that every important point can be correlated with appropriate passages in the scriptures. The extensive use of maps, charts and illustrations also facilitate the rapid unfolding of the Biblical story.
This eBook includes the original index, footnotes, table of contents and page numbering from the printed format.
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".
This paperback edition of Jung's classic work includes a new foreword by Sonu Shamdasani, Philemon Professor of Jung History at University College London. Described by Shamdasani as "the theology behind The Red Book," Answer to Job examines the symbolic role that theological concepts play in an individual's psychic life.
The image-rich full-color design gives Old Testament Today a strong visual appeal. A wide array of charts, sidebars, illustrations, photos, and supplemental materials complement the body of the text, helping students to easily comprehend the literature, theology, and history of the Old Testament.
This newly revised edition is organized by book, includes a new structure that more clearly describes the content, and introduces each book.
This uniquely illustrated, full-color volume features book introductions, background studies, outlines, surveys, theological concepts, practical applications, study questions, and helpful Hebrew word studies for English readers.
Editors Ed Hindson and Gary Yates draw from a lifetime of teaching to provide a well tested and proven Old Testament overview written at the collegiate level, yet appropriate for pastors, scholars, and laymen alike. They represent the finest evangelical scholarship along with a passion to open windows of spiritual and practical insight into the biblical text.
This exciting new survey of the Scriptures highlights the key elements of the Hebrew literature of the Law, the Prophets, and the Poets of the Old Testament. The history, archaeology, and wisdom of the biblical world are revealed with an eye on the application of their moral principles, theological insights, and practical application to today's world.
This is the epoch of the famous patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Their exemplary lives, as they stood true and faithful in the midst of adversity, are especially poignant today.
They were followed by the exciting and tumultuous life of Joseph, who rose to become prime minister of Egypt, and saved that nation from starvation and ruin through his prophetic gifts.
From the desert and thundering slopes of Mount Sinai then came the amazing life of Moses, who rose out of his own fear to become one of the greatest prophets and leaders ever known, who used the power of the priesthood to unleash an astonishing flood of miracles that exceeded any other epoch until the ministry of Jesus Christ.
He was soon followed by the great Ephraimite general, Joshua, who in his old age lead the children of Israel forth in battle as they conquered the land of Palestine which had been promised to them by the Lord.
However, Israel’s rise to greatness was short-circuited by several hundred years of iniquity as they turned from the Lord and wallowed in sin. Fortunately, the Lord did not forsake them as he sent messages of light and hope to many prophets and judges such as Gideon, Deborah, Ruth and Samuel, whose lives still inspire us today.
Eventually the children of Israel began to see glimpses of a new golden epoch of righteousness and prosperity through the influence of the prophet Samuel and the rise of King Saul and King David.
All of these great names belong to the thrilling third thousand years of human history.
The Third Thousand Years, like its predecessor, The First 2,000 Years, makes the Old Testament come alive with new understanding. Obscure and misunderstood passages of scripture can now be understood through the additional light of modern revelation. The text is carefully documented so that every important point is correlated with appropriate passages in the scriptures. Helpful maps, charts and illustrations are also included to enhance our understanding of this fascinating and dynamic epoch of history.
This eBook includes the original index, illustrations, footnotes, table of contents and page numbering from the printed format.
Dan Kimball, Leadership, Mission and Teaching at Vintage Faith Church, and author of Adventures in Churchland
“A book on grace with the power to liberate us from the weight of works and requirements and do-goodisms that have plagued Christians for far too long. Every page is bursting with freedom. Finally, a grace-filled book on grace!”
Jonathan Merritt, author of Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined
“Preston Sprinkle writes a book on grace that is long overdue. Christians love to talk about grace and we name our churches Grace, but grace like God’s is in desperately short supply. Sprinkle frees us to live in God’s grace as Jesus embodied it. That kind of grace is unnerving, and for the most part, unprecedented in the Christianity most of us know. Charis is a must-read for every pastor, student, leader ... and anyone who has walked through the doors of a church and felt inadequate, judged, unworthy, or unspiritual. Preston brilliantly reminds us that God no longer sees you as the failed one, the messed up one. Because the kind of grace Sprinkle writes about changes it all, and God only sees you as precious and priceless. So much so that like a tattoo, your name is written on the hands of God. This is what makes Charis a game changer for all of us.”
Palmer Chinchen, PhD, cultural artist and author of True Religion and The Barefoot Tribe
A Look at Grace from a Most Surprising Perspective – The Old Testament Grace. We want to domesticate it, calm it down, and stuff it into a blue blazer and a pair of khakis. But biblical grace – or charis – doesn’t like to settle down. Grace is a dangerous topic because the Bible is a dangerous book. Charis flows from the Preston Sprinkle’s half dozen years teaching the Old Testament to college students. You might think that would produce a book about judgment – but no way. He shows how every character, every event, every single page from the Old Testament bleeds with grace. Take a journey into Charis - where harlots are hugged, enemies are enjoyed, and really bad people receive really good things from a Creator who stubbornly delights in undelightful people … like us.
• The Old Testament is a rich source of theology and doctrine that is presupposed by the New Testament. Without it, Christian theology would be seriously deficient.
• Mastery of the Old Testament is crucial to an understanding of the New Testament.
• The Old Testament offers, by teaching and example, practical principles of belief and behavior for contemporary times. Who God was and what He did then can be replicated in the lives of men and women today.
Separating the verifiable biblical and extra-biblical data from the various interpretations of that same information, the book further shows how the Old Testament forms the platform and matrix from which sprang the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus and the church. The World and the Word will help students see an entry point into the very heart and design of God who loves them and wishes to make them the special object of His grace.
This was the age of the first world empires, the days when Assyria, Babylon, Greece and Rome each displayed their passion for power. It was an age which demanded the resounding and inspired voices of many of God’s greatest spokesmen. The turbulent chaos of these centuries brought forth many mighty prophets of God -- Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Jonah, Lehi, Nephi, Daniel, Zechariah, and many others. The lives and times of all these men are in these pages.
This is the third and final volume of this series dealing with the Old Testament. The volumes which preceded it were entitled: The First 2,000 Years, which covered the period from Adam to Abraham, and The Third Thousand Years, which covered Bible history from Abraham to David. This present volume deals with the exciting scriptural epic which emerged between the time of David and the coming of Christ. For those who find the Old Testament arduous reading, these three books should prove especially inspirational and helpful.
This eBook includes the original index, illustrations, footnotes, table of contents and page numbering from the printed format.
Hays offers a brief introduction to comparative studies, then lays out examples from various literary genres that shed light on particular biblical texts. Texts about ANE law collections, treaties, theological histories, prophecies, ritual texts, oracles, prayers, hymns, laments, edicts, and instructions are compared to corresponding literature in the Pentateuch, Prophets, and Writings of the Hebrew Bible. The book includes summaries to help instructors and students identify key points for comparison. By considering the literary and historical context of other literature, students will come away with a better understanding of the historical, literary, and theological depth of the Hebrew Bible.
5 Key Features of Rose Publishing's Ruth ebook
•Gives a Great Summary of the Book of Ruth This 14-page ebook explains the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz in an easy-to-understand way. It separates this epic love story into "scenes," covering each portion of the story's significance.
•Includes the Historical Background of the Book of Ruth Discover how politics, economics, and geography affected these Bible people. Why did Naomi's husband move to Moab in the first place? Why didn't the Israelites get along with the Moabites? And more.
•Explains the Significance of the Cultural Customs Mentioned within the Book of Ruth. The book of Ruth is packed with cultural traditions that enrich the meaning of the story. This Ruth Bible study explains these important cultural practices and shows their significance. For example—
• Naomi had a social status lower than a slave once her husband and sons died.
• Ruth took home more than 10 times the average salary of harvesters when she worked in Boaz's field.
• When Ruth asked Boaz to "spread the corner of [his] garment" over her, she is asking him to make a symbolic gesture for marriage. (Plus, you will find out how this particular act relates to our covenant in Christ.)
•Gives the Meaning of Key Names and Phrases Find out the Hebrew meaning of key names, words, and phrases, and how they relate to the bigger story of God's faithfulness. For example—
• Naomi [which means "pleasant"] changes her name to "Mara" [which means bitter.]
• Both Boaz and Ruth are praised for showing "Hesed," a type of love that suggests taking loyalty, commitment, and compassion a step beyond what is simply required.
•Emphasizes God's Continual Faithfulness In the story of Ruth we encounter loss, suffering, disappointment, uncertainty and bitterness. But we also find good news; we find love, commitment, perseverance, hope, and God's powerful guidance in the midst of trials. Even though Ruth wasn't an Israelite, she was called by God to something much greater than anyone expected: She is one of only five women listed as an ancestor of Jesus Christ. Her story is a reminder to us all of God's unfailing love and faithfulness.
This Ruth Bible study tackles issues we all face today, making it perfect for a women's Bible study group, for anyone who wants to learn more about the women of the Old Testament, or for anyone needing a fresh reminder of God's enduring love and guidance.
Inheriting and expanding a magnificent kingdom from his father, King David, Solomon, attained both spiritual and material wealth, confounding his enemies and thrilling his own people. The Bible claims there will never be another like him. His legacy includes three canonical works that flowed from God to his pen - Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.
Strangely, these three books are rarely examined by modern scholars, but longtime author and defender of the faith, the late Henry Morris, provided an invaluable commentary. His examination of Solomon's life, and the insights into the writings themselves, give the Bible student a worthy tour through the life of a most remarkable man.
240 pages • 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 • Trade paper
There is a deep connection between obedience to God and experiencing life as He intended. But godly living only happens when we’re equipped with His word. The book of Deuteronomy holds insights into this truth, and a parallel for believers today. As the Israelites prepared to live in a culture with radically different values, Moses shared both the pitfalls of disobedience, and the power found in following God. This study examines Moses’ remarkable thoughts on personal obedience, and explores how we can equip ourselves to experience God’s best in our lives.Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe’s best-selling “BE” commentary series, BE Equipped has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe shares that godly living requires thoughtful preparation. Filled with practical insights and fresh perspectives, this study will encourage and equip you to live a life pleasing to Him.
Given their staggering importance, you would think that all societies, and certainly our educational and religious institutions, would be intent on studying them closely. Sadly, this is not the case. Our schools ignore them and our churches and synagogues take them for granted. But here's a simple test: Who among us can even name all of the Ten Commandments? And even among those who can name them, how many can explain them in a way that makes sense to the modern eye and ear?
If you are a person of faith, this book will strengthen it; if you are agnostic it will force you to rethink your doubts; if you're atheist, it will test your convictions. For people who have thought little about the Ten Commandments, as well as for those who have a sophisticated understanding of them, it will be a revelation.
That's a lot to ask of a little book, but the only thing that's little here is the length. The ideas are very big.
The Life of Joseph is a easy-to-use, beautifully illustrated guide through God's purposes in suffering. This pamphlet follows the story of Joseph from the beginnings of God's promise to Abraham to the reconciliation of Joseph's family in Egypt. Life of Joseph includes a time line of the important events in the lives of Joseph and his family, as well as a family tree of Jacob's (Israel) sons. Life of Joseph also includes a side-by-side comparison of the dreams Joseph interpreted and how God was working in the lives of Joseph, Jacob, his brothers, and Judah to ultimately bring about the promised Messiah, Jesus!
Life of Joseph helps us see meaning in suffering and aids us in our own journey toward wisdom. Includes a map and time line. Why is Joseph's story so compelling? Look at Joseph's life at age 17:
•Favored excessively by his father
•Hated by his 10 older brothers, who had a history of violence and treachery.
•Thrown into a pit in the wilderness
•Sold into slavery and never returned home again.
•His parents were given proof he was dead and no search was instigated
Later, when it appeared his life was improving, he was...
•Stalked by someone powerful and vengeful
•Falsely accused and imprisoned
•Abandoned in jail without friends or defenders
•Forgotten by people who owed him a favor
To any observer, it would appear that God had abandoned Joseph. But invisibly God was working behind the scenes.
Life of Joseph brings the fascinating story of Jacob, Joseph, and his family to life and is a resource you will be referring to again and again as you study the book of Genesis.