Why Your Joy Matters: What Donald Bloesch’s Book Taught Me

By Chelsea Gonzalez, Marketing, Sales, and Rights Assistant The Christian Life, a Contradiction The title The Paradox of Holiness caught my eye because the idea of contradiction, especially as it refers to Christian life, is intriguing to me. Apparently the cherished theologian Donald Bloesch believed the same, which is why he dedicated one of his … Continue reading Why Your Joy Matters: What Donald Bloesch’s Book Taught Me

Translating Herman Bavinck: A Q&A with the Editors of The Sacrifice of Praise

Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck (1854–1921) is widely celebrated as one of the most eloquent divines in the Reformed tradition. Thanks to Cameron Clausing and Gregory Parker's hard work, we now have a brand new English translation of one more of Bavinck's esteemed works: The Sacrifice of Praise. Including a new introduction and scriptural citations, The … Continue reading Translating Herman Bavinck: A Q&A with the Editors of The Sacrifice of Praise

Review: A Handbook on the Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith

“This is both a helpful reference work to have on one’s self for biblical studies, and could be used as a text for an adult ed course on Jewish roots of the Christian faith or a college or seminary level course. It also makes for an enjoyable “refresher” course should one read through it.”

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A Handbook on the Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, Edited by Craig A. Evans and David Mishkin. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2019.

Summary: A topical handbook on the Jewish background of the Christian faith, informed by the perspectives of both Jewish and non-Jewish Christian scholars.

A variety of scholars have called attention to how important it is to understand the Jewish background to the ministry of Jesus and the origins and development of the Christian movement. This background is critical to understanding the New Testament, the relationship between the two testaments, and indeed, the relations between Jews and Christians.

What makes this handbook distinctive from others that cover similar ground is that it is a multi-authored work, in which some of the contributors are well-known scholars like Scot McKnight, Larry Hurtado, Craig A. Evans, Andreas Köstenberger, and George H. Guthrie, and most of the rest are Jewish and/or…

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5 Answers to Questions about the Jewish Roots of Christianity

What does the Jewishness of Jesus mean and why is it important? David Mishkin and Craig A. Evans facilitate the conversation around this question in the book that they co-edited: A Handbook on the Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith. Serving as a comprehensive yet concise primer on the Jewish roots of the Christian faith, … Continue reading 5 Answers to Questions about the Jewish Roots of Christianity

The Bible and Archaeology

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If we are honest, those of us who love to “dig into” the Bible, have at least a passing interest in archaeology. An archaeological find that supports a biblical statement or event is one of the those “Aha; I told you so moments.” On the other hand, there are few of us who completely comprehend how archaeology and the Bible work together. We plug through a variety of Bible and/or archaeological websites and magazines hoping to find a few nuggets of knowledge and information. The real dilemma is we do not know how the Bible and archaeology are in sync.The Bible & Archaeology

So, when a book entitled The Bible and Archaeology comes along, just the title should pique our interest. And this one does! For those who have a limited knowledge of archaeology and how it intersects with the Bible, this is the perfect book to begin to understand the association.

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An Easter Message of Victory from Karl Barth

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director On the occasion of the 133rd birthday anniversary of Swiss-German theologian Karl Barth (1886–1968) on May 10, which falls during the liturgical season of Easter this year, it seems appropriate to share some of Barth’s thoughts on the resurrection—an Easter message of victory that we need to hear over and … Continue reading An Easter Message of Victory from Karl Barth

The Need for Enlightened Jewish-Christian Dialogue

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matt. 5:9) In the aftermath of another deadly shooting at a synagogue, this time not far from where I lived (and still have family) in Southern California, I felt moved to do something. But it’s hard to know … Continue reading The Need for Enlightened Jewish-Christian Dialogue

Coming to Terms with Our Failures—Elizabeth Goudge Day 2019

By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant Miss Wentworth was talking again as she stacked the plates, though more to herself than him. “Sometimes I wonder if the inherited weaknesses for which we are not responsible do not cause more trouble to ourselves and others than the sins for which we are responsible,” she said … Continue reading Coming to Terms with Our Failures—Elizabeth Goudge Day 2019

Illustrated Wall Maps of the Bible–A Great Resource!

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This beautiful resource is the perfect choice for Sunday School, college classes, or any sort of Bible class. The size of these wall maps (28 X 40 inches) is ideal. The maps themselves are attractive and loaded with the best information. Carta maps are my favorite and the ones chosen for this package are the most important for a teaching setting.

When you open the container that holds these maps you will first see an 18-page Bible atlas that will aid your use of the larger maps and help you prepare to teach. All 12 maps are included in this atlas along with 5 additional maps. The bonus maps in this atlas include: The Land of Canaan with an inset of the walls of Jericho, The World of the Greeks with a small insert of the empire of Alexander the Great, The Roman Empire with a small inset of the…

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Q&A with the Author of How the Bible Is Written

In How the Bible Is Written, Gary Rendsburg unpacks the literary devices behind the Hebrew Bible (a.k.a. the Old Testament). He delves into how the ancient Israelite literati (to borrow his term) used alliteration, wordplay, repetition with variation, style-switching, and other devices to deliver the biblical narrative in effective and beautiful ways. For readers who’ve typically … Continue reading Q&A with the Author of How the Bible Is Written