The Most Useful Books of the Bible examines the New Testament letters from 1 & 2 Timothy to Hebrews to Jude. These letters present practical advise to an emerging church--advise that is still pertinent today.
"The Most Challenging Books of the Bible, Pauline Epistles" includes Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, and Philemon.
The Christian Bible was originally longer than is presented by most Protestant churches. The Apocrypha and Deuterocanonicals are additional books in the Old Testament that are considered canonical by the Catholic, Orthodox, and other churches. Most of these were included in the original King James Version.
The Twelve Minor Prophets comprise only a single scroll in the original Hebrew canon, but these brief prophetic statements are among the most powerful poetic and religious writings ever written.
Psalms and Proverbs are two of the most popular books of the Bible. Tradition ascribes many of the psalms to King David and most of the proverbs to King Solomon. Their poetry, wisdom, and beauty are timeless.
This book looks at the Chronicler History, the second historical series in the Bible: 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. It repeats part of the Deuteronomistic history, but then continues the story with the restoration of Israel by Ezra and Nehemiah. These stories are often forgotten and ignored.
This book looks at the Deuteronomistic History, the first historical series in the Bible: Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, and 1 & 2 Kings. From the conquest of the promised land by Joshua to the exile of the Hebrews from the promised land when Jerusalem is conquered and sacked by the Babylonians, this history is often overlooked by contemporary Jews, Moslems, and Christians alike.
The first books of the Bible are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These five books are also called the Torah in Hebrew, the Pentateuch in Greek, and Tawrat in Arabic. Torah and Tawrat mean law or teaching in English, while Pentateuch means five books, referring to the five books of Moses. In all three traditions, Jewish, Christian, and Islam, the five books are understood to be given by God to Moses. In all three religions traditions, these books are considered sacred.
The Most Frightening Book of the Bible is a close examination of the Book of Revelation. Tracing the prophesies in the Bible, we can find three distinct types of prophecies about the end times: (1) those that speak of the judgment and conquest of a specific nation or people, (2) those that point to the coming of the Messiah, and (3) those that point to the end of all history. This study begins with a review of the historical context, continues with a close examination of the text, and concludes with a sampling of apocalyptic movements through the ages, from Nostradamus and Sabbatai Zevi to Emanuel Swedenborg, Sir Isaac Newton, William Miller, Charles Russell, and the Fatima cousins.
The word gospel literally means good news. What more blessed books could one imagine other than those books that proclaim good news? The good news of Christianity has transformed the world. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, RSV, 1952)
Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. --Isaiah 40:27-29
1. Ruth raised the question of grief.
2. Esther raised the question of justice.
3. Job raised the question of suffering.
4. Ecclesiastes raised the question of the knowledge.
5. Song of Solomon raised the question of love.
This collection of sermons is drawn from the culture of rural Alaska. This book features sermons from the New Testament, from Matthew to Revelation.
This collection of sermons is drawn from the culture of rural Alaska. This book features sermons from the Old Testament, from Proverbs to 1 Enoch, including the Apocrypha.
This collection of sermons is drawn from the culture of rural Alaska. Sermons focus on each book of the Old Testament, from Genesis through Song of Solomon.
The Book of Days presents a passage of Scripture for every day, including leap day and holidays. Each day includes three English translations of the Scripture of the Day.
Every seven minutes of your favorite commercial television show there is an interruption followed by three minutes of commercials. This totals 18 minutes of commercials every hour. If you are the average American, you watch three-four hours of television every evening, including 56-72 minutes of commercials.
If you will keep your Bible beside you while watching television, and read a few verses during commercials, you can read the entire Bible in forty days. Now obviously, the best way to read the Bible is in a quiet place with few distractions. But most of us do not have such opportunities, and despite our television-watching schedule, including 56-72 minutes of commercials every night, most of us claim we do not have the time. I contend that reading the Bible, even in this context, will provide you with greater peace and serenity than watching the commercials.
Bible stories are told to celebrate the traditions of Passover, Christmas, and Easter. We tell those stories over and over again as we celebrate the beginnings of our faith. Stories are shared to introduce our children to the Bible. We tell stories of the heroes and heroines of our faith—everyday people who were called by God to do amazing and special things. But Bible Stories are NOT just for children. Stories are read to remind us of important moral lessons and ethical dilemmas. The most popular teachings of Jesus, the parables, were stories with moral lessons that could be understood at many levels. At the heart of good preaching is a good story. Seventy-seven stories are presented here in the words of seventy-seven different English translations.
The Bible was translated into English twelve different times between 1380 and 1611. At the time of the King James Version a new English translation was produced every twenty-one years. From 1612 to 1980 there were at least 131 more translations, or one every thirty-two months. Because of the popularity of the Internet, there have been more than 140 different English translations since 1980, or about one every eleven weeks. This book offers a glimpse at those efforts and briefly recounts the history of Bible translations.
Word. Words. More words. The word. The Word. Logos. Inspiring words. Insightful words. Reflective words. Challenging words. Aggravating words. Nagging words. The world’s word. Word.
“And the word became flesh.” (John 1:14, Revised Standard Version, 1952)
For many of us, we start reading the Bible by focusing on selected favorite verses. At their best, these words of the Bible literally explode with the power of God’s grace.
It is my hope that these questions will prompt other questions. And such questioning will lead you to an enthusiastic discovery of the Bible as a rich source of answers for all aspects of life. Some of the most challenging words from Jesus were, in fact, questions.
THE SEVEN WAYS
1. WORDS: 101 Memory Verse
2. STORIES: 77 Bible Stories
3. LAWS: 10 Commandments
4. STUDY: 365+ Days of Daily Bible Study
5. RETREAT: 40 Days of Prayer
6. TRANSLATE: 250+ English Translations
7. MARATHON: 48 Hours to Read the Bible
Why do we read it on a daily basis, over and over again? The richness of the Bible continues to supply us with answers to the daily questions about life’s dilemmas, joys, frustrations, anger, betrayals, and blessings. Daily Bible study can help us realize humility. Our troubles are not nearly as bad as we might feel at the moment. When life’s tragedies overwhelm us, daily Bible study can help us realize that we are not alone.