Biblia.com is a free online Bible study environment. It comes with a good variety of Bible translations and resources, and it can be augmented with digital versions of books purchased from Logos.com and Vyrso.com. The interface is functional if a bit clunky.
Unlike January 1, Advent and Christmas begins the year meaningfully and in the proper perspective: new beginnings are here not because you have decided that it is so or are going to make it so, but because God has decided that it is so and has sent Jesus to make all things new.
Luke 2:14 has well known variant readings (is “good will” nominative or genitive?), and despite scholarship preferring one over the other, the choice between these readings is not clear. How do variant readings and translations affect our understanding of the inspiration of the Bible? What if ambiguities weren’t something God intended to work around but something he intended to work within.
Christmas is, or at least it should be, a season of joy. But what is the joy of Christmas? Joy is the natural human response to the good news of Jesus. This joy is the inheritance of every Christian.
Because virtually all Bible translations strategically use the word-for-word and thought-for-thought methods where necessary based upon a threshold of difficulty unique to that translation, we shouldn’t fall into the error of thinking that there are “word-for-word” translations over here and “thought-for-thought” translations over there, and one category is automatically better than the other. It just doesn’t work that way.
Even someone as awesome as William Tyndale can make a mistake. And even as revered a translation as the King James Version can unthinkingly perpetuate it.
Bite-Sized Exegesis is now offering Biblical Greek, starting Thursday, January 3, 2017. Biblical Greek 1 will last 15 weeks (through April 18). Greek 1 will cover the first third or so of our textbook, and is intended to be followed by Greek 2 and Greek 3. If you are in the Houston area and have always wanted to be able to read the New Testament in its original language, or if you took Greek a long time ago and would like to brush up, now is the time to do it. Make next year a pivotal year in your Bible study by taking it to the next level and learning Greek!
We are so excited to be offering a new season of Hebrew classes, starting Thursday, January 5, 2017. These courses will last 15 weeks (through April 20). Hebrew 1 will cover the first half of our textbook and Hebrew 2 will cover the second half. If you are in the Houston area and have always wanted to be able to read the Bible in its original languages, now is the time to do it. Make next year a pivotal year in your Bible study by taking it to the next level and learning Hebrew!
God doesn’t need us to defend his integrity in the comments sections of the Internet. What he wants from us is that we be trusting enough in his goodness that we join with the world in wrestling with hard questions honestly and not piously ignoring them. Being a faithful witness for God isn’t about self-righteously dismissing doubters but about pointing to God in the midst of the doubts.
Good Bible interpretation is radically text-centered and moves from text to application. This involves avoiding confirmation bias, letting the Bible determine subject matter, and not insisting that every text be reducible to an ethical “action point.”