Abraham Our Father: Paul and the Ancestors in Postcolonial Africa

Abraham Our Father: Paul and the Ancestors in Postcolonial Africa
$49.00
Israel Kamudzandu explores the legacy of how the Shona found in the figure of Abraham himself a potent resource for cultural resistance, and makes intriguing comparisons with the ways the apostle Paul used the same figure in his interaction with the ancestry of Aeneas in imperial myths of the destiny of the Roman people. The result is a groundbreaking study that combines the best tradition-historical insights with postcolonial-critical acumen. Kamudzandu offers at last a model of multi-cultural Christianity forged in the experience of postcolonial Zimbabwe.
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9780800698171
Publication Date: 
2013-05-05

Bad Boys of the Bible: Exploring Men of Questionable Virtue

Bad Boys of the Bible: Exploring Men of Questionable Virtue
$14.00

 

This book presents the stories of fourteen, well-known men in the Bible -- who are strong and weak, faithful and challenged. Cain, Abraham, Moses, Samson, Saul, David, Judas, and Pontius Pilate are some of the men included.  Providing balance to her earlier book, Bad Girls of the Bible: Exploring Women of Questionable Virtue, Barbara J. Essex uncovers the life stories of the male "giants" of faith -- who have also committed outrageous acts.

Essex reveals a side of biblical men not often reflected or considered in most preaching and teaching. Their lives are a mixture of curiosity, shame, anger, sadness, and triumph. She presents the men in the context of their culture, leadership style, and basic human characteristics as they attempt to work on behalf of God and God's people.

The book contains:

-- 14 Bible study units on selected "bad boys" with an overview of biblical texts, context, and reflection questions

-- Suggestions for using this material in preaching and teaching

-- Bibliography for further study

 This resource is informative, fun, and written for the average layperson who may not have extensive knowledge of the Bible.

From Cain to Pontius Pilate, this book presents the stories of 7 well-known men of the Bible who are strong and weak, faithful and challenged.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780829814668
Publication Date: 
2002-05-01
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Bad Boys of the New Testament:Exploring Men of Questionable Virtue

Bad Boys of the New Testament:Exploring Men of Questionable Virtue
$16.00
This seven-week small group study session is part of Essex's popular series of Bible studies that includes Bad Boys of the Bible: Exploring Men of Questionable Virtue and Bad Girls of the Bible: Exploring Women of Questionable Virtue.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780829816723
Publication Date: 
2005-04-01
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Bad Girls of the Bible: Exploring Women of Questionable Virtue

Bad Girls of the Bible: Exploring Women of Questionable Virtue
$17.00
This study explores the traditionally misunderstood or despised women of the Bible and reveals what their stories have to tell us today. Included are questions for reflection and discussion.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780829813395
Publication Date: 
1999-08-01
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Bible Scrambles

Bible Scrambles
$4.97

If you enjoy word games, you'll love Bible Scrambles-202 brand-new puzzles from Barbour Publishing! Drawn from the breadth and width of the King James Version, these puzzles resemble newspaper "Jumble" puzzles-each calling you to unscramble key words, then use highlighted letters to answer a Bible-based question. Covering the people, places, things, and great ideas of scripture, Bible Scrambles will entertain and educate you with important Bible truths in an enjoyable puzzle package. It's priced right for summertime fun at less than $5.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781602603523
Publication Date: 
2009-06-01

Bold and Brazen: Exploring Biblical Prophets

Bold and Brazen: Exploring Biblical Prophets
$16.00
Bold and Brazen, the latest book in Essex's popular Bible study series, explores eight prophets of the Hebrew Bible: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Amos, Jonah, Micah, and Habakkuk. Devoted followers of this collection will recognize Essex's straightforward style of Bible study, and new readers will appreciate her accessible writing and well-organized study and reflection materials. Includes preaching and teaching suggestions and a list of resources for further study.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780829818734
Publication Date: 
2010-09-01

CEB Apocrypha: Core Biblical Studies

CEB Apocrypha: Core Biblical Studies
$15.99
Introduction: Why Read the Apocrypha?
Chapter 1: What's In the Apocrypha?
Chapter 2: The World of the Apocrypha
Chapter 3: The Torah and the Covenant in the Apocrypha
Chapter 4: The Apocrypha and Jewish Ethics
Chapter 5: The Apocrypha and Jewish Piety
Chapter 6: Jew-Gentile Relations in the Apocrypha
Chapter 7: The Apocrypha and the Early Church
Chapter 8: The Apocrypha and the Christian Canon
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426742354
Publication Date: 
2012-11-01

Challenge of Jesus

Challenge of Jesus
$20.00
Today a renewed and vigorous scholarly quest for the historical Jesus is underway. In the midst of well-publicized and controversial books on Jesus, N. T. Wright's lectures and writings have been widely recognized for providing a fresh, provocative and historically credible portrait. Read his thoughts in this original edition, or get the most recent edition for even more insight with an all-new introduction by the author. Out of his own commitment to both historical scholarship and Christian ministry, Wright challenges us to roll up our sleeves and take seriously the study of the historical Jesus. He writes, "Many Christians have been, frankly, sloppy in their thinking and talking about Jesus, and hence, sadly, in their praying and in their practice of discipleship. We cannot assume that by saying the word Jesus, still less the word Christ, we are automatically in touch with the real Jesus who walked and talked in first-century Palestine. . . . Only by hard, historical work can we move toward a fuller comprehension of what the Gospels themselves were trying to say." The Challenge of Jesus poses a double-edged challenge: to grow in our understanding of the historical Jesus within the Palestinian world of the first century, and to follow Jesus more faithfully into the postmodern world of the twenty-first century.
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0830822003
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Christians at the Cross

Christians at the Cross
$10.95
Anglican bishop N. T. Wright is a respected ecumenical voice among Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox Christians. When Wright preached to the members of a mining community in northern England who had suffered grievous losses, he reflected on Jesus death and resurrection, encouraging the people to unite their pain with the journey of Christ to the cross. The wisdom of his biblical reflections, gathered here, apply to anyone who is suffering and offers a passage to hope through Christ and his victory over death. Author: N. T. WrightFormat: 79 pages, PaperbackPublisher: Word Among Us Press (January 7, 2008) ISBN: 978-1593251420
ISBN/SKU: 
9781593251420
Publication Date: 
2008-01-10

Christmas: What the Bible Tells Us about the Christmas Story (Insights)

Christmas: What the Bible Tells Us about the Christmas Story (Insights)
$12.50
Insights series: short, simple and deeply insightful! Barclay's guides bring the stories and key themes of the Bible vividly to life, setting the scene in fascinating context of place, culture and time. ""The William Barclay commentaries are absolutely fantastic and I wouldn't give up my set for anything."" -- Steve Chalke ""It is as if he is so constantly excited by the subject matter that he hopes to infect the reader with his own sense of wonder at the riches which the Word of God has to offer"" John Bell
ISBN/SKU: 
9780715208588
Publication Date: 
2011-01-30

Chronological and Background C

Chronological and Background C
$19.99
Charts provide visual organization that is ideal for teaching, learning, and review. Facts, connections, parallels, and contrasts can be grasped easily at a glance. This revised edition of Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament includes 42 new charts and 18 revised charts. The charts cover historical, literary, archaeological, and theological aspects of the Old Testament, its background, and biblical studies. Among the 100 charts are: - Genealogies . . . - Comparative Ancient Near-Eastern Chronology - Parallels between Law and Wisdom The Kings of Judah and Israel . . . - Treaty Format and Biblical Covenants - Dynasties of the Northern Kingdom . . . - Principles for Word Studies - Messages of the Pre-Exilic Minor Prophets . . . - Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament
ISBN/SKU: 
9780310481614
Publication Date: 
1994-10-01

Chronological and Background C

Chronological and Background C
$18.99
This book illustrates all aspects of the chronology, historical background, and criticism of the New Testament, covering such topics as weights and measures, social structures, theories of the history of the text, and the history of Rome and Palestine.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780310416418
Publication Date: 
1981-11-20
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Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible

Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible
$25.00
The substantial value of the Dead Sea Scrolls for biblical studies is well known. However, it can be difficult to remain on the cutting edge of Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship. In this volume leading expert James C. VanderKam offers detailed summaries of significant ways in which the scrolls can enrich the reading and study of the Bible. Each chapter brings readers up-to-date with the latest pivotal developments, focusing on relevant information from the scrolls and expounding their significance for biblical studies. This rich compendium from a distinguished scholar is essential reading for all who work at understanding biblical texts and their contexts within the ancient world.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780802866790
Publication Date: 
2012-01-31

Detective Stories from the Bible

Detective Stories from the Bible
$14.00

When we think of a detective story, we often think of murder mysteries. But the Bible contains some different kinds of detective stories. How is it, for instance, that some of the key personalities in the Bible story slip into the story almost unnoticed―like Judah, for example, an ancestor of King David and Jesus Christ. How did the symbolism of blood in Communion get started? When Cain was warned that the ground would no longer yield for him because he had killed his brother―did that set a precedent for connecting moral behavior with environmental harshness? These themes and many others are investigated in this study, accompanied by a discussion guide.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781426702563
Publication Date: 
1901-12-13

Did Jesus Exist?

Did Jesus Exist?
$16.99

In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts the question, "Did Jesus exist at all?" Ehrman vigorously defends the historical Jesus, identifies the most historically reliable sources for best understanding Jesus mission and message, and offers a compelling portrait of the person at the heart of the Christian tradition.

Known as a master explainer with deep knowledge of the field, Bart Ehrman methodically demolishes both the scholarly and popular mythicist arguments against the existence of Jesus. Marshaling evidence from within the Bible and the wider historical record of the ancient world, Ehrman tackles the key issues that surround the mythologies associated with Jesus and the early Christian movement.

In Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, Ehrman establishes the criterion for any genuine historical investigation and provides a robust defense of the methods required to discover the Jesus of history.

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ISBN/SKU: 
9780062206442
Publication Date: 
2013-03-19
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Easter from the Back Side

Easter from the Back Side
$10.50

Easter from the Back Side

J. Ellsworth Kalas

Using an approach similar to the one he took in Parables from the Back Side and other books in the popular Back Side series, author J. Ellsworth Kalas opens up new possibilities of insight into the biblical Easter story. The author looks beyond the traditional gospel scriptures to connect the story of Christ’s resurrection with other stories and scriptures throughout the Bible, including both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Kalas’s creative approach both clarifies basic teachings and introduces new possibilities of meaning, even for those who are most familiar with the Easter story. Enriched with contemporary illustrations and personal experiences, this volume will provide new perspectives on Easter.

Chapter titles and Scriptures include: “Why We Need Easter” (Genesis 3:1-7, 22-24); “Easter from an Ash Heap” (Job 19:13-27); “Easter for the Disillusioned” (Ecclesiastes 2:14-26); “Ezekiel Celebrates Easter” (Ezekiel 37:1-10); “Easter Is a Love Story” (John 20:1-18); “Late for Easter” (1 Corinthians 15:1-11); and “Forever Easter” (Revelation 21:1-4).

J. ELLSWORTH KALAS is president of Asbury Theological Seminary and has been part of the faculty there since 1993, after thirty-eight years as a United Methodist pastor and five years in evangelism with the World Methodist Council. He has been a presenter on Disciple videos, is the author of the Christian Believer study, and has written more than thirty books, including the popular Back Side series; Longing to Pray: How the Psalms Teach Us to Talk with God; Strong Was Her Faith: Women of the New Testament; and What I Learned When I Was Ten.

 

ISBN/SKU: 
9780687490790
Publication Date: 
2008-12-01

Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
$20.00
Eat This Book challenges us to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as God's revelation, and to live them as we read them. With warmth and wisdom Peterson offers greatly needed, down-to-earth counsel on spiritual reading. In these pages he draws readers into a fascinating conversation on the nature of language, the ancient practice of lectio divina, and the role of Scripture translations; included here is the inside story behind Peterson's own popular Bible translation, The Message."
ISBN/SKU: 
9780802829481
Publication Date: 
2006-01-01

Embracing the Prophets in Contemporary Culture: Walter Brueggemann on Confronting Today's Pharaohs

Embracing the Prophets in Contemporary Culture: Walter Brueggemann on Confronting Today's Pharaohs
$12.95
Old Testament Scholar Walter Brueggemann presents this compelling faith exploration and develops the contemporary significance and relevance of the Old Testament prophets as uncredentialed purveyors of covenant and moral coherence in a world of power, money and violence.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781606740927
Publication Date: 
2012-01-18

Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions

Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions
$19.95
In Encounters With Jesus, New York Times bestselling author and renowned pastor Timothy Keller shows how people were changed when they met Jesus personally—and how we can be changed today through our own encounter with him.
 
What is my purpose in life? What is a good life? Why is there so much wrong with our world? What can I do to help make it right? These are some of the big questions that everyone must answer. And any lasting change in our lives will start with a change to one or more of our answers to these questions. 
 
Jesus changed the life of every person he met in the Gospels, through powerful experiences and words that led them to unexpected and transforming answers to their big questions. These conversations can still address our questions and doubts today. Originally published as an eSeries, Encounters with Jesus focuses on several of these meetings — including with a skeptical student, a religious insider, an outcast, even Jesus’ mother — and shows how the central events in Jesus’ life provide ways for us to encounter him again or for the first time.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780525954354
Publication Date: 
2013-11-19

Essential Bible Study Tools for Ministry

Essential Bible Study Tools for Ministry
$45.99
This up-to-date, highly selective bibliography is designed to acquaint students and ministers with major works, significant publishers and prominent scholars in biblical studies. It is the perfect guide for beginning a research project or building a ministerial library. References are included based on the following considerations: (1) usefulness for the theological interpretation of the Bible within the context of the faith of the church; (2) significance in the history of interpretation; and (3) representation of evangelical and especially evangelical Wesleyan scholarship.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426755170
Publication Date: 
2014-03-18
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Evil and the Justice of God

Evil and the Justice of God
$18.00
Merit Award, 2007 Christianity Today Theology/Ethics Book With every earthquake and war, understanding the nature of evil and our response to it becomes more urgent. Evil is no longer the concern just of ministers and theologians but also of politicians and the media. We hear of child abuse, ethnic cleansing, AIDS, torture and terrorism, and rightfully we are shocked. But, N. T. Wright says, we should not be surprised. For too long we have naively believed in the modern idea of human progress. In contrast, postmodern thinkers have rightly argued that evil is real, powerful and important, but they give no real clue as to what we should do about it. In fact, evil is more serious than either our culture or our theology has supposed. How then might Jesus' death be the culmination of the Old Testament solution to evil but on a wider and deeper scale than most imagine? Can we possibly envision a world in which we are delivered from evil? How might we work toward such a future through prayer and justice in the present? These are the powerful and pressing themes that N. T. Wright addresses in this book that is at once timely and timeless.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780830833986
Publication Date: 
2006-11-01

Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship

Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship
$14.00
The twelve exhilarating meditations in this volume explore what it truly means to follow Jesus today. Part One outlines the essential messages of six major New Testament books--Hebrews, Colossians, Matthew, John, Mark, and Revelation. Part Two examines six key New Testament themes--resurrection, rebirth, temptation, hell, heaven, and new life--and considers their significance for the lives of present-day disciples.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780802841322
Publication Date: 
1995-07-14

From Eve to Esther

From Eve to Esther
$13.50
Study of 8 Old Testament women and the lessons they have for today's women. Explores the unique circumstances of each woman and the practical and spiritual insights we can glean from her story. Because the scriptures often tell little about some of these women, the author combines research into the customs of the day with her own imagination to "fill in" the blank places and help contemporary women identify with their biblical counterparts. Each chapter begins with a delightfully refreshing retelling of the biblical woman's story, followed by suggested lessons or insights that contemporary women can apply in thier own lives. The author's conversational style and numerous anecdotes make for enjoyable reading and discussion. Study helps for individual or group use are porvided at the end of each chapter.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687096220
Publication Date: 
2001-04-01
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From Mary to Lydia

From Mary to Lydia
$13.00
Mohney presents eight New Testament women and the lessons they have for us today. From familiar women such as Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene to lesser known women such as Lydia and Dorcas, Mohney explores the unique circumstances of each woman and the practical and spiritual insights we can glean from her story. Each chapter begins with a refreshing retelling of the biblical woman s story, followed by suggested lessons or insights we can apply in our own lives. A scripture text is also provided so that we may read the biblical account for ourselves. The author s conversational style and numerous anecdotes make for enjoyable reading and discussion. Study questions for individual or group use are provided at the end of each chapter. The 8 women are: 1. Mary, the Mother of Jesus: 2. Peter s Wife: She Inspired Her Husband 3. Mary and Martha 4. Mary Magdalene 5. Mary, The Mother of Mark 6. The Woman with the Issue of Blood (from Luke 8:43-47) 7. Priscilla 8. Lydia"
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687095780
Publication Date: 
2002-02-01
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Grace in a Tree Stump: Old Tes

Grace in a Tree Stump: Old Tes
$15.00

Christians often assume too sharp a distinction between the Old and New Testaments, argues preacher, author, and teacher J. Ellsworth Kalas. They are too quick to view the Old Testament as a strict book of laws and commandments and the New Testament as a witness to grace. The God of the Old Testament is misperceived as a God of wrath and judgment, while the God of the New Testament is viewed as a God of love and mercy.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664229009
Publication Date: 
2005-02-01
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