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  • 18 Minutes With Jesus Study Guide


    You can read Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount in about 18 minutes, and you can read Dr. Robert Jeffress’s insightful book 18 Minutes with Jesus in a matter of hours. But if you want to get the most out of your time in the Sermon on the Mount, either individually or as part of a small group, you’ll want to have the 18 Minutes with Jesus Study Guide at your side.

    With thought-provoking questions and activities that help you delve even deeper into the Word of God, this study guide is the perfect tool to help you uncover truths that have the power to change your life.

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  • 18 Minutes With Jesus


    Did you know you can read Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount in about 18 minutes? Yet packed into this short talk are more life-changing and startlingly original teachings than anywhere else in Scripture. In it, Jesus dives past the surface into the heart of what we need and desire–from God, ourselves, and one another. It’s the spiritual straight talk we need about the things that matter most in life.

    Drawing from decades of study, Dr. Robert Jeffress breaks down Jesus’s most well-known (yet least-followed) teachings about happiness, faith, relationships, sex, reconciliation, prayer, money, and more. He shows how we often misunderstand and misapply these verses and unpacks exactly what Jesus was teaching us about our own hearts and minds.

    If you long to take your Christian walk to the next level, it’s time to grasp these biblical truths that have the power to change your life.

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  • Gods Rascal : The Jacob Narrative In Genesis 25-35


    Beloved author Dale Ralph Davis looks at one of the most fascinating characters in the Bible, and the God who was faithful to him.

    The character of Jacob that we meet in chapters 25-35 of Genesis is a fascinating one. A kaleidoscopic blend of deviousness and doggedness, of trickery and tenacity, of folly and faith. As readers we can’t help being drawn into his story. With his trademark wit and perceptive comments Dale Ralph Davis guides us through the story of this rogue and traces the evidence of grace, providence, blessing throughout his life.

    Taking us chapter by chapter through this fundamental section of scripture, Davis highlights not only the character of Jacob, but the character of the God who cared for him and faithfully kept his promises to him.

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  • 40 Questions About Prayer


    Relevant questions about prayer answered from the whole witness of Scripture

    Praying is often the most common yet least understood practice of Christian spirituality. In 40 Questions About Prayer, scholar and teacher Joseph C. Harrod shares biblical insight on the nature and practice of Christian prayer. Harrod’s emphasis on searching the Scriptures results in a trustworthy, practical guide to a vital aspect of Christian belief and behavior, equally appropriate for seminary courses, Bible studies, and personal understanding.

    The accessible question-and-answer format of 40 Questions About Prayer allows readers to explore the issues they care most about, such as these:

    – Does prayer change God’s mind?

    – Does God hear the prayers of unbelievers?

    – What does it mean to pray in Jesus’s name?

    – How does prayer affect evangelism, spiritual awakening, and revival?

    – What does it mean to pray “without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17)?

    – Do physical postures affect prayer?

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  • Grateful : Bible Study Resources For Individuals Or Small Groups


    With a pastoral heart, Elizabeth guides us through seven studies of the Scriptures and shows how gratitude is a heart attitude which every Christian needs to cultivate. It is God’s will for me today, whatever my circumstances, the key to consistent daily discipleship and mission involvement.

    How grateful am I? Is it possible for me to live a grateful life in an age of rampant entitlement? To resist the lure of social media comparisons and see through those carefully curated posts and pictures? With a pastoral heart, Elizabeth guides us through seven studies of the Scriptures and shows how gratitude is a heart attitude which every Christian needs to cultivate. It is God’s will for me today, whatever my circumstances, the key to consistent daily discipleship and mission involvement.

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  • Revealing Revelation : How God’s Plans For The Future Can Change Your Life


    God Wants Us to Know How It Ends

    Revelation is the only book of the Bible that promises a blessing for its readers. It was written because God wants us to know what the future holds and how these prophetic truths provide wisdom, reassurance, and discernment for today–more so now than ever.

    From bestselling author Amir Tsarfati, Revealing Revelation examines what the Bible’s final book makes known about the end times and beyond. With accessible teaching that allows Scripture to speak for itself, you’ll take a closer look at the:

    *timeline of God’s plan for both believers and unbelievers before, during, and after the tribulation

    *process that the Lord has uniquely and intentionally prepared for Israel in the end times

    *encouragements, challenges, and warnings Jesus gave to prepare us for His return

    Revealing Revelation will inspire you to look at the days to come with hope and excitement as you realize that this final book of the Bible is Jesus’ love letter to the church. Get ready to grow stronger in your faith as you celebrate Christ’s soon return and the magnificent eternity He has promised you.

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  • Tale Of Two


    The story of redemption is studded with men and women who had a direct and personal relationship with God, so many studies of biblical characters tend to be of individuals. But no man is an island. Many of these individuals also had relationships with other individuals which were important and even crucial to their success or failure.

    In 38 short chapters Donald MacKay explores pairs of characters in the Bible. Some have obvious connections like Martha and Mary or David and Jonathan, but other relationships may be less clear, such as Timothy and Titus or Ahab and Jehoshaphat, but there is something to be learned from all of them.

    These helpful stories will encourage readers to reflect on the lives and choices on these biblical characters, and also on the impact they have on the people around them and vice versa.

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  • On Purpose : Understanding Gods Freedom For Women Through Scripture


    Many Christian women are torn between how the church has taught traditional gender roles and the liberty they see secular society afford to women. But what if the church’s conventional teachings on the place of women aren’t really biblical at all?

    On Purpose is a serious study on the verses in the Bible that have often been interpreted to define the role of women in the church, at home, and in the workplace. Each chapter focuses on a single passage, considering what it meant to the original recipients, understanding each author’s intent, and applying its true meaning in today’s cultural setting. With each chapter, Julie Coleman thoroughly reveals how the timeless principles in the Bible actually teach freedom for women. In fact, when rightly understood, these verses are a wake-up call that we are handicapping the church’s role on earth by limiting women unnecessarily. Instead, men and women should be working side by side for the advancement of the kingdom of God.

    Written without anger or judgment, and with no agenda but to delve deep into the Bible, On Purpose is an enlightening study offering a fresh, scriptural perspective. It’s time to set women free to answer God’s call on their lives–and set the church free to function the way God truly desires.

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  • 50 Final Events In World History


    How much do you know about the end of the world?

    In The 50 Final Events in World History, beloved and respected pastor Robert J. Morgan takes readers on a journey through end-times prophecy, walking step-by-step through the end of the world to the dawn of the new kingdom of heaven.

    Heard of worldwide pandemics? Weapons of mass destruction flashing through the air? Global water and air contamination? The nation of Israel restored after 2,000 years, encircled by hostile nations and buffered by the nation of Jordan? Air evacuations with machines having two wings? Threats from Russia and Asia? Extremism in Turkey? Clamor for globalization? Hand implants for commerce and security? The gospel penetrating unreached places? Violent persecution? Cascading wickedness? The world falling apart?
    All of this is predicted in the book of Revelation.

    If you find yourself baffled and maybe even a little intimidated by end times and the book of Revelation, The 50 Final Events in World History will be a:

    *comprehensive yet easy-to-understand overview of the book of Revelation,
    *resource you can turn to again and again,
    *helpful tool that translates the events of Revelation both literally and sequentially, and
    *guide to interpret present circumstances as well as future events.

    Revelation is the Bible’s final words on the world’s last days. The key is understanding its simple sequence of events-one after another, clearly laid out­-the fifty final events in world history.

    This is information we need to know now since we might soon be on the doorstep of event #1.

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  • God In Story Who We Are


    Are you wanting to go deeper in Scripture but don’t know how? Have you tried reading through the Bible but feel overwhelmed? Ill-equipped? The Bible Companion Series can help. A simple one-chapter-a-day format lets you engage with Scripture without the pressure of schedules, homework, or heavy reading loads. Short daily readings and thought-provoking questions connect your story to God’s Word.

    In Genesis and Exodus, God reveals Himself as a loving Creator who longs to walk through life with you. Book 1,?God in Story: Who We Are, takes you deep into God’s plan to share His life and wisdom with those who love and follow Him. The series’ storytelling approach will keep you reading, even through the most difficult passages. Find hope in the stories of ordinary men and women in the Bible whose encounters with God transformed them and reversed the direction of their lives. Discover that what God has done for them, He can do for you.

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  • Read This First


    The Bible is the most extraordinary book you’ll ever read; it’s how God speaks directly to us and how his Spirit works to change us. But it can seem intimidating, confusing and even a little bit boring.

    In this book, Gary Millar shows you that the skills you need to read the Bible are not beyond your grasp. In a warm, approachable style, he gives you the tools to read and understand the Bible for yourself, helping you move from confusion to confidence as you enjoy refreshment in God’s word.

    Whether you are a new believer and don’t know where to start or you have been a Christian for a while but have never got into a regular habit of Bible reading, this book will equip you to get going. As you read the Bible, you will hear God speak, and you will be changed to be more like Jesus. Don’t miss out!

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  • God Behaving Badly


    God has a bad reputation.

    Many think of God as wrathful and angry, smiting people right and left for no apparent reason. The Old Testament in particular seems at times to portray God as capricious and malevolent, wiping out armies and nations, punishing enemies with extreme prejudice. But wait. The story is more complicated than that. Alongside troubling passages of God’s punishment and judgment are pictures of God’s love, forgiveness, goodness, and slowness to anger. How do we make sense of the seeming contradiction? Can God be trusted or not? David Lamb unpacks the complexity of the Old Testament to explore the character of God. He provides historical and cultural background to shed light on problematic passages and bring underlying themes to the fore. Without minimizing the sometimes harsh realities of the biblical record, Lamb assembles an overall portrait that gives coherence to our understanding of God in both the Old and New Testaments. This expanded edition includes an updated preface, afterword, and appendix addressing the story of Noah and the flood.

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  • Liberated : How The Bible Exalts And Dignifies Women


    There are parts of the Bible that I have struggled with, and bits that seemed far removed from my life as a twenty-first-century woman. I have wrestled with them, but as I read, I came to know that God offers more liberation, more freedom, and more fulfilment than I could dare to imagine.

    Equality for all people is a foundational principle in our culture and embedded in our law. The consensus is clear: all people are equally valuable. However, religion is seen as a stronghold that promotes inequality. There is a widespread belief that the Bible is sexist. Women fear that God does not want their good and instead, he wants to box them in and clip their wings. Our culture believes that they need to forget religion to achieve equality.

    This, however, is not the case. The principle of equality is established in the first pages of the Bible, and its message exalts and dignifies both men and women. Bible teacher, conference speaker and author Karen Soole shares what she has discovered as she has read the Bible and grappled with it over many years.

    She takes us through the Bible story from Genesis to Revelation and challenges the reader to decide whether God is offering life and liberation, or suffocation and oppression. It is an invitation to meet and know the God of the Bible, and to view his Word through the lens of his character.

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  • Prophets Of Israel


    Seeing the biblical prophets in context makes all the difference in understanding their messages

    In, Old Testament scholar and longtime field archaeologist James K. Hoffmeier explores the biblical prophets through their ancient settings. Readers gain a more accurate and comprehensive understanding through many practical components:

    – Full-color photos and images of historical and cultural importance
    – Focus on the geopolitical contexts of the prophets
    – Clear explanations of the prophets’ provoking messages
    – Discussion questions for Bible students or instructor use

    These features and photos vividly illustrate the biblical narratives and the prophets’ concerns, helping readers better comprehend each text’s message and make informed theological applications.

    The biblical prophetic tradition extends far before and far after the Major and Minor Prophets. Yet all biblical prophets–including recognizable figures like Moses and Elijah, lesser-known prophets like Huldah and Micaiah, and the New Testament prophets–ministered in distinctive cultural and historical circumstances. Hoffmeier draws on his extensive knowledge of ancient Near Eastern culture, geography, political realities, and the Old Testament message to locate the prophets in their worlds. This approach illuminates prophetic messages and ministries with a theological clarity that basic history and literary interpretation cannot achieve.

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  • Illustrated Guide To The Apostle Paul


    The life and ministry of the apostle Paul was a sprawling adventure covering thousands of miles on Roman roads and treacherous seas as he boldly proclaimed the gospel of Jesus to anyone who would listen, be they commoners or kings. His impact on the church and indeed on Western civilization is immeasurable.

    From his birth in Tarsus to his rabbinic training in Jerusalem to his final imprisonment in Rome, An Illustrated Guide to the Apostle Paul brings his remarkable story to life. Drawing from the book of Acts, Paul’s many letters, and historical and archaeological sources, this fully illustrated resource explores the social, cultural, political, and religious background of the first-century Roman world in which Paul lived and ministered. It sheds light on the places he visited and the people he met along the way. Most importantly, it helps us understand how and why Paul was used by God in such extraordinary ways.

    Pastors, students, and anyone engaged in Bible study will find this an indispensable and inspiring resource.

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  • 30 Days In Gods Word


    The Bible can seem huge and intimidating for someone who has never read it. Where do you even start? How do you begin to understand each passage? Even those who use Scripture regularly sometimes find it difficult to understand how it all fits together. Journey through the sixty-six books of the Bible in thirty days. Thirty Days in God’s Word: A Path of Discovery provides overviews and historic context of each book and points toward God’s plan of salvation in Christ.

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  • Faith For Life


    As Christians, we experience great joy in knowing God through Jesus and great hope in the promise of an eternity spent with God. Yet we still get weary in this life and can feel discouraged. Whether it’s personal disappointment, opposition or just the costly grind of church life that gets us down, we all need help to keep going.

    This wonderfully encouraging book by Bible expositor Richard Coekin will spur you on to live by faith in Jesus as you examine the witnesses of Hebrews 11. The refreshing honesty of their stories will help you manage your expectations in a world of lies and spin. They will remind you of the glory and blessing that await you at the finishing line. And they will encourage you to see that Jesus is the real Hero of the faith and that his Spirit will enable you to endure through exhaustion, opposition and discouragement.

    Ideal for private devotional reading for those in need of refreshment, a timely gift for a discouraged Christian friend, and useful background reading to a small-group study of Hebrews 11.

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  • 30 Minute Bible


    We know about the Bible. We may know some Bible stories, or maybe we’ve even read large portions for ourselves. But what it’s really all about? How do all the different pieces fit together? Without a sense of the big story the Bible is telling, we’ll miss out on the good news God has for us. In The 30-Minute Bible, experienced Bible teachers Craig Bartholomew and Paige Vanosky present the story of Scripture in thirty short readings, each designed to take about half an hour. Each includes a passage from the Bible and a short chapter explaining how the passage fits into the Bible’s wider narrative. Written in straightforward and clear language, the readings are accompanied by Brother Martin Erspamer’s lovely illustrations. Discover the timeless story of the Bible–in thirty minutes a day for thirty days.

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  • Be Still And Know


    When our Lord says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10), what does He mean? God’s Word promises that in whatever kind of storm we find ourselves in, Jesus always comes to us. In Be Still and Know, unpack the promises found in Psalm 46 that are fulfilled in Christ. The first session looks at Psalm 46 in detail and examines storms of life. Then, in the following seven sessions, study narratives from the Gospels as Jesus meets various women who are experiencing their own storms and explore the perspective of each woman as He provides refuge, strength, help, and hope. Looking to the biblical and cultural contexts will allow you to better grasp the depth of Christ’s care, purpose, and attention to every need. In the midst of today’s storms, may God reveal His refuge for us in Christ, the one who has overcome the world.

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  • New Testament History: Acts by Gareth L Reese


    New Testament Epistles: Acts applies Gareth Reese’s responsible Biblical scholarship to examine the book of Acts in a verse-by-verse commentary. This is a hardcover book.

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  • New Testament Epistles: Romans by Gareth Reese


    New Testament Epistles: Romans applies Gareth Reese’s responsible Biblical scholarship to examine the book of Romans in a verse-by-verse commentary. This is a hardcover book.

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  • New Testament Epistles: James and 1, 2, 3 John by Gareth L Reese


    New Testament Epistles: James and 1, 2, 3 John applies Gareth Reese’s responsible Biblical scholarship to examine the books of James and 1, 2, 3 John in a verse-by-verse commentary. This is a hardcover book.

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  • New Testament Epistles: Hebrews by Gareth L Reese


    New Testament Epistles: Hebrews applies Gareth Reese’s responsible Biblical scholarship to examine the book of Hebrews in a verse-by-verse commentary. This is a hardcover book.

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  • New Testament Epistles: 2 Corinthians and Galatians Commentary by Gareth Reese


    New Testament Epistles: 2 Corinthians and Galatians applies Gareth Reese’s responsible Biblical scholarship to examine the books of 2nd Corinthians and Galatians in a verse-by-verse commentary. This is a hardcover book.

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  • New Testament Epistles: 1st & 2nd Timothy & Titus by Gareth L Reese


    New Testament Epistles: 1st and 2nd Timothy and Titus applies Gareth Reese’s responsible Biblical scholarship to examine the books of 1st and 2nd Timothy and Titus in a verse-by-verse commentary. This is a hardcover book.

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  • New Testament Epistles: 1st & 2nd Thessalonians by Gareth L Reese


    1st & 2nd Thessalonians applies Gareth Reese’s responsible Biblical scholarship to examine the New Testament letters of 1st & 2nd Thessalonians in a verse-by-verse commentary. This is a hardcover book.

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  • New Testament Epistles: 1st & 2nd Peter and Jude by Gareth L Reese


    1st & 2nd Peter and Jude applies Gareth Reese’s responsible Biblical scholarship to examine the New Testament letters of 1st & 2nd Peter and Jude in a verse-by-verse commentary. This is a hardcover book.

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  • New Testament Epistles: 1 Corinthians by Gareth L Reese


    New Testament Epistles: 1 Corinthians applies Gareth Reese’s responsible Biblical scholarship to examine the book of 1st Corinthians in a verse-by-verse commentary. This is a paperback book.

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  • Cross Of Christ


    “I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. . . . In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?”

    With compelling honesty John Stott confronts readers with the centrality of the cross in God’s redemption of our pain-filled world. Can we see triumph in tragedy, victory in shame? Why should an object of Roman distaste and Jewish disgust be the emblem of our worship and the axiom of our faith? And what does it mean for us today? From one of the foremost preachers and Christian leaders of his generation, The Cross of Christ is a classic, accessible, and compelling look at the work of Christ. At the cross Stott finds the majesty and love of God disclosed, the sin and bondage of the world exposed. More than a study of the atonement, this book brings Scripture into living dialogue with Christian theology and contemporary issues. What emerges is a pattern for Christian life and worship, hope and mission. In honor of John Stott’s one hundredth birthday, this centennial edition includes an updated foreword by Alister McGrath and a new timeline of Stott’s life. A study guide equips individuals and groups to more deeply reflect on and apply the book’s message.

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  • Parables Of Jesus


    Dr. Pentecost describes the setting of each parable, explains the problem or question it addresses, and offers Christ’s solution to that issue.

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  • Biblical Worship : Theology For God’s Glory


    A biblical theology of worship spanning both the Old and New Testaments

    While many books on worship focus on contemporary trends, Biblical Worship plumbs every book of the Bible to uncover its teaching on worship and then applies these insights to our lives and churches today. A team of respected evangelical scholars unearths insights into a variety of issues surrounding worship, including:
    *The Old Testament concept of worship
    *Worship before the Exodus
    *Worship in the Old Testament feasts and celebrations
    *Worship in the Psalms of Lament and Thanksgiving
    *The New Testament concept of worship
    *Worship in the Gospels
    *Worship in Acts
    *Worship in the Pastoral Epistles, and much more.

    Pastors, worship leaders, instructors, and anyone who wants to grow in their knowledge of the Bible’s full teaching on worship and how it applies today will benefit from this volume, part of the Biblical Theology for the Church series.

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  • Blessing Devotional Commentary


    We are destined for glory.

    Through the stories of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we discover the Creator’s deep longing for connection with every nation, tribe, and tongue.

    Brian and Candice Simmons continue their in-depth study of the book of Genesis in this second volume, covering chapters twelve through thirty-five. Gain fresh insight from rich footnotes that include commentary, word studies, cross references, and alternate translations.

    God has a blessing of inheritance for all of us that unites generations in his glory. As we begin to see the Father as the patriarchs saw him, we step into our inheritance right here on earth and experience true fellowship with the One our heart loves.

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  • Here Are Your Gods


    When the Israelites exclaimed, “Here are your gods!” at the sight of the golden calf, they were attempting to hold on to the God of their history while fashioning idols for their own purposes. In today’s Western world, plenty of shiny false gods still hold power-idols of prosperity, nationalism, and self-interest. Christians desperately need to name and expose these idols. We must retrieve the biblical emphasis on idolatry and apply it anew in our journey of following Jesus. In “Here Are Your Gods,” Old Testament scholar Christopher J. H. Wright combines a biblical study of idolatry with practical discipleship. He calls readers to consider connections between Old Testament patterns and today’s culture, especially recurring temptations to trust in political power. Now as much as ever, we need a biblically informed understanding of the many ways humans make gods for themselves, the danger of idols, and how God calls us to join him in the battle against idolatry as part of his ongoing mission to be known and worshiped by all peoples.

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  • Way Home : God’s Invitation To New Beginnings


    Enter into the story of Ruth like never before

    Ruth was a vulnerable, widowed woman starting over in a foreign land. Naomi was returning to community. But Ruth, she was setting herself up to be the odd one out her whole life. What gave her the strength to do it? Could it be that she sensed all along that her journey away from Moab was a journey toward home?

    The story of Ruth is a remarkable tale of bravery, calling, and God’s provision, and it will come to life in new ways as you dig deep in this 6-week study. Tessa Afshar, author of In the Field of Grace and the award-winning Pearl in the Sand, teaches you how to study the text, discern the meaning, pray through it, and live it out. She’ll show you how to draw on the same strength and courage that Ruth did and accept God’s invitation to new beginnings in your own life.

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  • Do Miracles Happen Today


    Lots of extraordinary stuff happens in the Bible. People walk on water. People touch handkerchiefs and are healed. People disappear into the sky. Did these really happen? What was their purpose?

    And do miracles happen today? How do we respond if someone says they’ve seen a miracle happen? Should we hold healing services? What can I say to a child about praying for healing? How should we react when prayers for healing aren’t answered?

    In this warm and accessible book, Tim Chester looks at the Bible’s view of the existence and purpose of miracles and gives a careful and balanced view on whether healings and other miraculous things happen today.

    It will help Christians to explore these questions and others regarding miracles, signs and wonders, and know how to pray.

    Includes additional questions on:
    – Why did Jesus tell people not to tell others about his miracles?
    – How should I respond when I hear a claim that a miracle has happened?
    – Should we hold healing services?
    – What can I say to a child about praying for healing?

    Questions Christians Ask are short, readable books which clearly explain how the Bible answers the tough questions Christians are asking.

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  • Galatians A Biblical Study


    Walk the path of holiness, stir your faith in God, and break free from the bonds of a sinful nature with Joyce Meyer’s Galatians commentary, featuring inspiring questions and space for your reflections.

    Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia speaks largely to how important it was to Paul that the people embrace unity in Christ, no matter their differences. Galatians teaches that we’re justified by faith in Christ only and encourages us to pursue a life of holiness, not in our own strength, but in the knowledge of God’s empowering grace in our lives.

    In this comprehensive study tool, Joyce Meyer offers an in-depth look at Galatians and emphasizes that we are not only saved by faith, we must learn to live by faith as well.

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  • Surprised By The Parables


    Jesus’ parables can’t simply be interpreted, they must be experienced.

    In the gospels, Jesus used parables to teach transformative lessons and convey deep spiritual truths about the kingdom of God. But he often used them to confront and challenge his audience as well, forcing them to open or close their hearts to the kingdom.

    Jesus understood the power of stories, but there are some things lost in translation when we try to interpret those same stories thousands of years removed from their original context. The unexpected twists and surprises in the parables might be missed by a modern audience because they’re unfamiliar with the underlying points of reference.

    In Surprised by the Parables, Michelle Lee Barnewall explores the ancient context these parables drew from. These stories of grace reveal many of the mysteries central to God’s character, and understanding the ancient world behind them will help us see the parables from a new perspective.

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  • Jesus Divorce And Remarriage


    What did Jesus really say about divorce and remarriage?

    Challenging the evangelical near-consensus that Jesus permitted divorce and remarriage in certain circumstances, Gordon Wenham argues that while Jesus permitted separation in cases of sexual immorality, he did not permit divorce and remarriage.

    Presenting a revisitation and expansion of several decades of thought and debate on the topic, Wenham builds his case from a close reading of Jesus’ teaching in the Gospels, showing how his teaching pushed against the culture of his day. In addition, Wenham brings in insights from ancient Near Eastern marriage laws, the Old Testament, the writings of Paul, and the earliest Christian interpreters of the Gospel divorce texts.

    Readers will be challenged by a careful biblical argument that provides a counterpoint to the majority view. No study on divorce and remarriage will be complete without considering Jesus, Divorce, and Remarriage.

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  • New Testament In Its World


    Finally: an introduction that captures the excitement of the early Christians, helping today’s readers to think like a first-century believer while reading the text responsibly for today.

    The New Testament in Its World is your passageway from the twenty-first century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians. A highly-readable, one-volume introduction placing the entire New Testament and early Christianity in its original context, it is the only such work by distinguished scholar and author N. T. (Tom) Wright.

    An ideal guide for students, The New Testament in Its World addresses the many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity. Both large and small, these questions include:
    *What is the purpose of the New Testament?
    *What was the first-century understanding of the kingdom?
    *What is the real meaning of the resurrection in its original context?
    *What really were the Gospels?
    *Who was Paul and why are his letters so controversial?
    *As twenty-first-century people, how do we recover the excitement of what it was like to live as Christians in the first or second centuries?

    In short, The New Testament in Its World brings together decades of ground-breaking research, writing, and teaching into one volume that will open readers’ eyes to the larger world of the New Testament. It presents the New Testament books as historical, literary, and social phenomena located in the world of Second Temple Judaism, amidst Greco-Roman politics and culture, and within early Christianity.

    Written for both classroom and personal use, the benefits of The New Testament in Its World include:
    *A distillation of the life work of N. T. Wright on the New Testament with input from Michael Bird
    *Historical context that situates Jesus and the early church within the history, culture, and religion of Second Temple Judaism and the Greco-Roman world
    *Major sections on the historical Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and Paul’s chronology and theology
    *Surveys of each New Testament book that discuss their significance, critical topics like authorship and date, and that provide commentary on contents along with implications for the Christian life
    *Up-to-date discussions of textual criticism and the canonization of the New Testament
    *A concluding chapter dedicated to living the story of the New Testament
    *Available Video and Workbook companion resources to enhance learning and experience the world of the New Testament
    *Illustrated with visually r

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  • I Am : A Devotional Study Of The Attributes Of God


    To have a clearer vision of God should be the Christian’s supreme calling, because when we know Him we reflect Him. To love and serve the Creator in righteousness, men and women need something more than an awareness of His existence through general revelation. We also need to know who and what He is, where He can be found, and how He may be approached; He reveals this in His Word. Brian A. Russell here guides us through what the Bible says about the attributes of God.

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  • Rediscovering Scriptures Vision For Women


    Does God call women to serve as equal partners in marriage and as leaders in the church?
    The answer to this straightforward question is deeply contested. Into the fray, Lucy Peppiatt offers her work on interpretation of the Bible and Christian practice. With careful exegetical work, Peppiatt considers relevant passages in Ephesians, Colossians, 1 Peter, 1 Timothy, and 1 Corinthians. There she finds a story of God releasing women alongside men into all forms of ministry, leadership, work, and service on the basis of character and gifting, rather than biological sex. Those who see the overturning of male-dominated hierarchy in the Scriptures, she argues, are truly rediscovering an ancient message–a message distorted by those who assumed that a patriarchal world, which they sometimes saw reflected in the Bible, was the one God had ordained.

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  • Core 52 : A Fifteen-Minute Daily Guide To Build Your Bible IQ In A Year


    In just fifteen minutes a day, you can master the 52 most important verses in the Bible in a year.While there are lots of one-year Bible reading plans, few help you understand the words that you’re reading. What if we could introduce you to a Bible reading plan that would dramatically increase your mastery of the Bible in one year? Mark Moore coaches you through 52 of the Bible’s most important verses. These are the “core” of the Bible. Each verse clears the path to master and manage dozens of other verses that run along the same principle path. At the end of this journey, you will move from curiosity about the Bible to competence in the Bible. It is the quickest onramp to understanding the whole of God’s Word for your life.

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  • Unexplainable Jesus : Rediscovering The God You Thought You Knew


    Step into the streets of Jerusalem and encounter the Jewish Rabbi who turned the world upside down.

    Do you want to be able to say, “I’ve encountered Jesus firsthand. I’ve met Him on the roadside, in homes and in city squares. I know Him. I can imagine what He would say in my current life situation. I am sure of what He would tell me to do in this decision I am facing.”? If you answered yes, then you’re ready to jump into Unexplainable Jesus. In it you will rediscover Jesus on the pages of the book of Luke. With so much interesting and engaging background information, you’ll wonder how you ever read Luke without it. This 8-week study has five daily lessons for each week in which readers examine Bible passages, answer factual, interpretive, and application questions, and also read narrative sections that explain the cultural and historical significance of that day’s passage.

    Rediscover Jesus today.

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  • Old Testament In Seven Sentences


    Some people find the Old Testament to be confusing, out of date, and essentially replaced by the New Testament. They are missing out. The Old Testament offers us a grand narrative that reveals God’s work, God’s purposes, and God’s wisdom. Christopher J. H. Wright fits the pieces together and shows us the coherent whole. Using seven key sentences drawn straight from the Old Testament, he connects the dots and points us toward Jesus.

    “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
    “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
    “You shall have no other gods before me.”
    “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news.”

    Such sentences as these are not merely beautiful or helpful (though they are that). They are part of the great drama of Scripture, the story of God’s plan of redemption that embraces all nations and the whole of his creation. Wright starts from the beginning, describing God’s promises and covenants with his people and his mission to bless the world. At the end of this short survey, readers will clearly see God’s faithfulness and love for his people and will understand how the Old Testament scriptures prepared for the identity and mission of Jesus as Messiah, Savior, and Lord.

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  • Breaking The Code


    The Book of Revelation contains passages of great beauty and comfort, as well as passages that strike the casual reader as bizarre, bewildering, and sometimes frightening. How are readers today to discern God’s message in this peculiar part of the Bible? Breaking the Code Revised Edition provides a trustworthy guide to the rich symbolism of this important biblical book. Noted biblical scholar Bruce M. Metzger presents the fruits of solid scholarship in a non-academic style. This revised edition includes updates based on current biblical research, as well as additional teaching from author and respected New Testament scholar David deSilva. Additional components for a six-week study include a DVD featuring David deSilva and a comprehensive Leader Guide introducing the main points and setting the stage for small group discussion. Chapters include: Introducing the Book of Revelation John’s Vision of the Heavenly Christ (Revelation 1:1-20) Letters to Churches (Revelation 2:1-29) More Letters to Churches (Revelation 3:1-22) John’s Vision of God and the Lamb (Revelation 4:1-5:14) Opening the Seven Seals of God’s Scroll (Revelation 6:1-8:2) Sounding the Seven Trumpets (Revelation 8:3-11:19) The Satanic Trinity: The Dragon and the Two Beasts (Revelation 12:1-14:20) The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath (Revelation 15:1-18:24) The Final Victory and the Last Judgment (Revelation 19:1-20:15) John’s Vision of the Heavenly Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-22:21)

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  • Fire By Night


    What do we do with the Old Testament? How do we read words written in a world so different from ours, stories so ruthless and so filled with grace?

    In Fire by Night, pastor Melissa Florer-Bixler invites readers to marvel at the Old Testament. Page after page, in stories and poems and prophecies, the Hebrew Scripture introduces us to a God who is unwieldy and uncontrollable, common and extraordinary, and who brings both life and death. Using stories from Scripture and from her ministry, Florer-Bixler braids together the text with the sometimes ordinary, sometimes radical grace of God. The same passages that confuse and horrify and baffle us can, if we are paying attention, lure us closer toward God. This God has traveled with people through cloud and fire, by day and by night, since the beginning of time.

    The Old Testament is a perplexing book of profound grace, hope, and beauty. It’s a book of fire. To read the Old Testament is to draw close to God’s love, which continues to burn away our expectations and set us ablaze. This God has traveled with people through pillars of cloud and fire, by day and by night, since the days of the exodus.

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  • Inexpressible : Hesed And The Mystery Of Gods Loving Kindness


    Preface: The Untranslatable Defining The Inexpressible
    Introduction: A Word On The Meaning Of Words

    Part I. The God Of Hesed
    1. Opening The Door
    2. The Definitive Encounter
    3. Slow To Anger
    4. Like No Other God
    5. An Everlasting Refrain
    6. A Prayer Of Honest Rage

    Part II. The Objects Of Hesed
    7. When Dinah Held My Hand
    8. The Heseds Of David
    9. Ethan: “I Will Sing”
    10. Moses: “In The Morning”
    11. Jeremiah: “I Am Hesed”
    12. Hosea: A Novel Of Hesed

    Part III. Hesed Finally Defined
    13. Hesed And Truth
    14. On Jesus’ Lips
    15. How To Amaze Jesus
    16. The One Who Showed Hesed
    17. Paul And The Path To Redemption

    Part IV. An Instinct For Hesed
    18. Here, Rabbi, Take My Seat
    19. Hesed In Post-AD 70 Judaism
    20. Gemilut Hesed And Tikkun Olam

    Conclusion: Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly: The Monumental Nature Of Kindness
    Appendix A: Occurrences Of Hesed In Scripture
    Appendix B: Comparison Of Translations
    Appendix C: A Vocabulary Of Associated Words
    Appendix D: For Further Study
    Scripture Index

    Additional Info
    God’s identity is beyond what we could ever fully express in human words. But Scripture uses one particular word to describe the distinctiveness of God’s character: the Hebrew word hesed.

    Hesed is a concept so rich in meaning that it doesn’t translate well into any single English word or phrase. Michael Card unpacks the many dimensions of hesed, often expressed as lovingkindness, covenant faithfulness, or steadfast love. He explores how hesed is used in the Old Testament to reveal God’s character and how he relates to his people. Ultimately, the fullness of hesed is embodied in the incarnation of Jesus.

    As we follow our God of hesed, we ourselves are transformed to live out the way of hesed, marked by compassion, mercy, and faithfulness. Discover what it means to be people of an everlasting love beyond words.

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  • Labeled : Redefining The Woman God Made You To Be


    1. Labeled
    2. Perfect
    3. Beautiful
    4. Successful
    5. Bold
    6. Popular
    7. Available
    8. Happy
    9. Masterpiece

    Additional Info
    What if the labels are right, but the definitions are all wrong?

    The world’s definition of an ideal woman often becomes a lady’s personal list of inadequacies. The culture-created pressure to be the ideal woman begins in adolescence and can consume a woman’s focus well into adulthood. Issues like bullying, obesity, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and anxiety are on the rise, and they often stem from women trying to find value in stereotypes and social acceptance rather than in their true worth.

    How can a woman filter through the cultural noise and expectations to understand who God has really made her to be? In Labeled, Stacy examines seven words that society frequently uses to compare women to each other. Then, she offers insight, biblical definitions, and practical solutions for breaking the traps set by these labels in order to reclaim them as God-honoring expressions of who God created us to be. Chapters also include questions for reflection and group discussion. Relatable and entertaining, Labeled offers healing for women who have struggled with society’s poor definitions of womanhood and encouragement for women striving to change them

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  • But Now I See


    Author Julie Maschoff is going blind. In the process of losing her vision, she has been forced to come face-to-face with her reality: retiring from teaching, navigating the world with a white cane, asking for help when she doesn’t necessarily want to, handing over the keys to her car, and ultimately, accepting the new plans God has for her life.

    But Now I See! is a brief, nine-session women’s Bible study that the author speaks to women, challenging them to dig into Scripture, examine their lives, and consider stepping out of their comfort zones to discover God’s plan for their lives – whatever that plan is – and answer His call.

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  • Gospel According To God


    Written to help readers better understand Jesus’s life, death, and ultimate mission, this new book by well-known preacher John MacArthur looks at an important-yet often misunderstood-section of the Bible: Isaiah 53. Often hailed as one of the greatest chapters in the Bible, this passage foretells the crucifixion of Jesus, a critical event in God’s ultimate plan for salvation. Explaining the prophetic words of Isaiah 53 verse by verse, MacArthur highlights important connections to the history of Israel and to the New Testament-ultimately showing us how these prophetic words to ancient Israel illuminate essential truths for our lives today.

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  • Righteous And Lost


    Not everyone was pleased with dear old dad. Would you have been?

    Word traveled fast about the celebration, but out in the field, the older brother stood his ground. He found no joy in these events.

    When Jesus first spoke the parable of the prodigal son and his older brother, he sought to confront the religious leaders of his day, the Pharisees. They were filled with a critical and biting spirit. Today’s church is full of similarly minded older brothers who are just as lost.

    Christians often become burned out on church but don’t know why. We can easily become the older brother grumbling in the field, jealous and envious of all the spoils our younger brother receives. This parable is one of longing, of wanting, and of a Father who extends his hand and gives freely to both sons-yet only one gratefully receives. This book will help you identify the attitudes and behaviors hindering you from the intimate walk with God you desire.

    In Righteous and Lost, you will

    explore biblical passages that will help you embrace the love of your Father
    identify symptoms of a religious spirit
    analyze how a religious spirit can block you from a relationship with God
    apply practical tips and advice to prevent a religious spirit from coming back into your life

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  • Quest Leader Kit


    Curiosity is hardwired in humanity. We have this innate need to question and seek after what we don’t know or understand.

    In this 6-session Bible study, delve into Scripture to explore how God created us to seek after Him-a God who desires to be found and known. In this lifelong quest of faith, learn to develop your intimacy with Him and embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God.

    Leader helps to guide questions and discussions within small groups
    Personal study segments with homework to complete between 6 weeks of group sessions
    Space for journaling and reflection during your personal journey
    Interactive teaching videos, approximately 60 minutes per session for the opening and closing sessions and 15-20 minutes for sessions 2-5
    Contains subtitles for the hearing impaired

    Deepen your intimacy with God as you ask, discuss, and ponder questions of faith.
    Take comfort in remembering this world is only a temporary stay until we reach our heavenly home.
    Understand that questions are inherent and essential to growth.
    Embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God.

    Video Sessions and Run Times:
    Session 1 (64:20)
    Session 2 (20:10)
    Session 3 (14:20)
    Session 4 (20:10)
    Session 5 (16:30)
    Session 6 (57:15)

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  • Quest Study Journal


    Curiosity is hardwired in humanity. We have this innate need to question and seek after what we don’t know or understand.

    In this 6-session study, delve into Scripture to explore how God created us to seek after Him-a God who desires to be found and known. In this lifelong quest of faith, learn to develop your intimacy with Him and embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God.

    Leader helps to guide questions and discussions within small groups
    Personal study segments with homework to complete between 6 weeks of group sessions
    Space for journaling and reflection during your personal journey
    Interactive teaching videos, approximately 60 minutes per session for the opening and closing sessions and 15-20 minutes for sessions 2-5, available for purchase or rent

    Deepen your intimacy with God as you ask, discuss, and ponder questions of faith.
    Take comfort in remembering this world is only a temporary stay until we reach our heavenly home.
    Understand that questions are inherent and essential to growth.
    Embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God.

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  • Whole Bible Story


    The sweeping narrative of the Bible presented in one engaging, easy-to-read story. Includes full-color maps and photos.

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  • How To Understand And Apply The New Testament


    This comprehensive, conversational book is for anyone who wants to understand and apply the Bible-and the New Testament in particular-in a responsible, well-informed, and God-glorifying way. Naselli is an able guide, walking readers through a carefully field-tested twelve-stage interpretive process that pastors, scholars, teachers, and laypeople can use with benefit.

    Move from genre to textual criticism, take Greek grammar and literary context into account, and journey through the passage all the way to practical application. ?
    Learn how to track an author’s thought-flow, grasp the text’s message, and apply the ancient Word in this modern world, all in light of Christ’s redeeming work. ?
    Go further in your studies using the extensive recommended resources for every step of the way. ?

    With engaging illustrations and practical answers at their fingertips, readers will master the skills needed to deepen understanding and shape theology with confidence and wisdom. ?

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  • Little Book For New Bible Scholars


    Introduction: A Noble Calling
    1. Fall In Love
    2. Have More Stuff And Less Fluff
    3. Hold Your Horses
    4. Don’t Play Marbles With Diamonds
    5. Speak The Local Language
    6. Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing
    7. Don’t Get Puffed Up
    8. Remember That Biblical Studies Is An Equal Opportunity Vocation
    9. Stay The Course
    Conclusion: Don’t Miss The Forest For The Trees
    Name And Subject Index
    Scripture Index

    Additional Info
    Many young Bible scholars are passionate for the Scriptures. But is passion enough? In A Little Book for New Bible Scholars, Randolph Richards and Joseph Dodson encourage young students of the Bible to add substance to their zeal-the kind of substance that comes from the sweat and toil of hard study. “Just as we should avoid knowledge without love,” they write, “we should also avoid love without knowledge.” Aimed at beginners, this concise overview offers a wealth of good advice, warns of potential pitfalls, and includes wisdom from a variety of other biblical scholars as well as stories from the authors’ own long experience in the guild. Full of warmth, humor, and an infectious love for Scripture, this book invites a new generation of young scholars to roll up their sleeves and dig into the complex, captivating world of the Bible.

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  • Who Told You That You Were Naked


    1. Innocent In The Garden
    2. Naked In The Garden
    3. Sin: Crouching At The Door
    4. Why Reexamine Eden?
    5. The Relationship Of Faith
    6. Free Indeed!
    7. Walking In The Way
    8. We Do Not Wrestle Against Flesh And Blood
    9. Living In God’s Rest
    10. Follow Me

    Additional Info
    The knowledge of good and evil we inherited from Adam is a dimension of our intellect so innate, so instinctual, so intuitive, so pervasive a way of responding to our everyday circumstances it is virtually impossible to avoid. Even though it is the wellspring of our transgressions, we are apt to overlook its devastating impact and view sin as a life-long list of errant acts, believing we can become better Christians by committing fewer of them.

    The purpose of this book is to reexamine how sin came into the world through Adam and how the Lord has redeemed us by His grace through faith from this formidable adversary “crouching at the door.” This refreshing reexamination of one tumultuous afternoon in the Garden of Eden will forever change the way you look at sin and salvation.

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  • Family Worship Bible Guide


    This book provides family worship thoughts for every chapter of the Bible. No father or mother should be without it in leading their family in worship.

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  • Exploring The Old Testament 1


    List Of Illustrations
    Key To Panels
    1. What Is The Pentateuch? Basic Features
    2. Genesis 1–11
    3. Genesis 12–50
    4. Exodus
    5. Leviticus
    6. Numbers
    7. Deuteronomy
    8. Theme Of The Pentateuch
    9. Composition Of The Pentateuch
    10. Rhetoric Of The Pentateuch
    11. Epilogue

    Additional Info
    Exploring the Old Testament: A Guide to the Pentateuch offers a clear overview of the “five books of Moses,” as well as an introduction to the historical and textual questions that modern scholarship has posed and the answers it has proposed. This critically informed, textually sensitive introduction to the Pentateuch introduces students to the basic features of the Pentateuchthe social world of the Biblethe latest scholarship on the composition of the Pentateuchliterary techniques and formstheme, composition and rhetorical function of the Pentateuch In this textbook you will find double-column formatting for ease of use, annotated bibliographies for further reading, sidebar explorations of select historical and textual topics in greater detail, a glossary of terms, and relevant charts and maps.

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  • Baker Illustrated Guide To The Bible


    SKU (ISBN): 9780801015458J. Daniel Hays | J. Scott DuvallBinding: Trade PaperPublished: September 2016Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

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