Archives : Nov-2016

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Nov

Coming in January: Biblical Greek 1

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!

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Nov

Coming in January: Biblical Hebrew 1 and 2

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!

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Nov

Wrestling With God in the Comments Section

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.

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Nov

Principles of Bible Reading: From Text to Application

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.”

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Nov

Review: thetheology.org

An extension of the YouTube channel, “The Theology Q&A”, thetheology.org is a Christian forum website designed to be a place where questions about the Bible and theology can be asked and answered. It’s a place to have conversations about the Bible with other people who may have questions.

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Nov

Principles of Bible Reading: How Else Could It Be Said?

An important assumption of close reading, whether or not the text at hand is Scripture, is that every detail matters. Every detail can and should be subjected to scrutiny. One way we can subject details to scrutiny is by asking, “How else could it be said?” By asking this question we attempt to replicate the thinking that constructed the text.

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Nov

A Kingdom of Priests to the Nations

Christianity is the kingdom of priests God envisioned in Exodus 19. Its purpose is to mediate the blessings of God to the world. As we partake of the body and the blood of Christ in communion, we imitate the Aaronic priests’ consumption of portions of certain Israelite sacrifices. Communion strengthens and empowers us to bring the blessings of righteousness, peace, and joy to the nations of the world.

09

Nov

Review: NLT Illustrated Study Bible

The NLT Illustrated Study Bible, is an update of the NLT Study Bible line of products, which have ranked among the most comprehensive study Bibles on the market. Using the popular and easy-to-read New Living Translation for its text and a tabloid-like style of graphic design, this study Bible is extremely accessible and visually stimulating. Its commentary covers a wide range of theological, hermeneutical, and historical subjects in a thorough and generally responsible way. At the same time, however, it demonstrates a decidedly conservative point-of-view, meaning it avoids challenging fundamentalist Bible interpretation strategies, even where those strategies are most vulnerable and least helpful.

07

Nov

Review: Judges (WBC 8)

Judges by Trent Butler is an outstanding addition both to the Word Biblical Commentary series and to scholarly literature on the book of Judges, being both very readable and rigorously scholarly. Butler’s approach is conservative and up-to-date, arguing for an early composition date and treating Judges as a literary unit. The volume contains an extensive and helpful bibliography and appendix of tables. The occasional division of the text into units of three or more chapters makes parts of this volume cumbersome, but Judges remains exceedingly useful and scholarly.

02

Nov

Created for Work

In Genesis 2 it says that humanity were made to work, but sin has turned our relationship to our work into one of pain and toil. Fortunately, in Jesus our work has been redeemed and no longer has to be toilsome and pointless.