The Faith of Abraham – An Excerpt From Genesis (The Story of God Bible Commentary Series)

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The Story of God Bible Commentary explains and illuminates each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. It aims to set each passage within the context of Scripture and leads the reader to (1) “Listen to the Story,” (2) “Interpret the Story,” and (3) “Live the Story.”

In his commentary on Genesis, Tremper Longman III examines each portion of scripture through this three-step process. This week’s excerpt is taken from the “Live the Story” section of Genesis 11:27-12:9, and encourages us to reflect on Abraham’s faith journey, as well as our own.



GenesisGenesis 12:1 – 3

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There’s Still Time: Software Sale on Illustrated Commentaries

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For a short time, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentaries (Old and New Testaments) are on sale at the software retailers Logos, Accordance and Olive Tree.

This commentary series includes works by world-class scholars:

Mark Strauss (Luke) Douglas J. Moo (Romans) Clinton E. Arnold (Acts) John H. Walton (Genesis) Tremper Longman III (Proverbs) Daniel I. Block (Judges) And many others.

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[Common Places] In Memoriam John Webster

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As we mourn the death of a leading figure in our discipline and dear friend to many, we invite those impacted by the life and writings of John Webster to add their comments below.

The Reverend Professor John Bainbridge Webster (1955-2016) died on May 25, 2016. While family and friends, neighbors and fellow congregants will each observe his passing in ways which befit his private manner, it is appropriate to mark his departure from this life in the wider sphere of theological scholarship, for he was both a leading light and a generous friend and teacher to many around the globe. He was educated at Cambridge University and taught at Durham University, Wycliffe College (Toronto), Oxford University, the University of Aberdeen, and, until his death, the University of St. Andrews. He held the prestigious Lady Margaret Chair of Divinity at…

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How Should Christians Relate to Governing Authorities? Michael Bird Clarifies

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9780310327189“Origen, who knew Roman brutality all to well, said: ‘I am disturbed by Paul’s saying that the authority of this age and the judgment of the world are ministers of God.’” (Michael Bird, The Story of God  Bible Commentary: Romans, 442)

Two questions:

What does Paul mean that we should “be subject to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1)? And in what way is it “necessary to submit to the authorities.” (13:5)?

Michael Bird brings clarity in his new Romans commentary (The Story of God Bible Commentary series). He helps us hear and explore the text in it’s original Roman context, while also applying it to…

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The Holy Spirit by Christopher R. J. Holmes Receives Best Theology Book of the Year Award from Australian Theological Forum

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The Holy Spirit by Christopher HolmesThe Holy Spirit by Christopher R. J. Holmes, published by Zondervan Academic, has received the 2015 Australian Theological Forum’s annual book award for Best Theology Book.

Holmes will be presented with the award in July at the annual conference for the Australia/New Zealand Association of Theological Schools.

“This is a very serious and competent study of the third person of the Holy Trinity, discussed powerfully within its proper Trinitarian framework,” reported the Australian Theological Forum judges. “It is an engagement with the Trinitarian (and pneumatological) insights of three of the greatest theologians in the history of the church, St Augustine, Aquinas, and Karl Barth.”

“The subject matter is of the greatest importance, while the discussion is subtle and profound,” the judges continued. “Even those not…

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The Power of a “So” (John 13:4) – Mondays with Mounce

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It is a well-known fact that Greek sentences tend to be longer than English, and therefore a translator will regularly turn a long Greek sentence into two of more English sentences.

The problem with this is that often the connection between the two English sentences will lose some meaning. In other words, the Greek will convey meaning that the English does not.

I came across a great example of this today in the NIV of John 13:4. This is the beginning of the Upper Room Discourse. V 4 reads, “so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.”…

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True Life Change – An Excerpt from Visual Theology

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As Christians, merely 9780310520436_2not sinning isn’t enough. We are to pursue holiness.

The story of the prodigal son is the perfect example of what it means to turn from sin to righteousness. In today’s excerpt from Visual TheologyTim Challies and Josh Byers offer encouragement and visually guide us through the four traits of the prodigal’s change, the same true life change you want to see in your own life.


The story of the prodigal son is one of the finest short stories ever told and certainly one of the sweetest of Jesus’ many parables. You are familiar with the story, I am sure.

It involves a young man who approaches his father and demands his inheritance. By demanding…

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Constantine’s Conversion to Christianity: Was It Real? Does It Matter?

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One of the major turning points in the history of the church was Constantine’s conversion to Christianity.

Some Christians consider Constantine a saint. Others treat him as a politician, who only used Christianity for political purposes. And still others believe Constantine’s conversion was sincere—but that he also used Christianity for his own gain.

Let’s take a deeper look at Constantine’s conversion—both the motives behind it and the effect it had on the church.

Who was Constantine?

Constantine was the first Christian emperor. His reign began in 306, and after a series of internal struggles, he consolidated his rule over the entire Roman Empire in 324. In addition to his successful military campaigns, Constantine made several administrative…

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[Common Places]: Reading Notes: Theological Epistemology

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Open book on wooden deckOne feature that will appear regularly this year will be a monthly series entitled Reading Notes. In these posts, editors and contributors will lead readers to significant literature related thematically to our other ongoing series. This month Kevin Vanhoozer introduces classical and contemporary literature related to theological epistemology as a fitting conclusion to our engagement of James K. A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies project (see here).


Epistemology studies the nature, method, sources, and norms of knowledge. Theological epistemology thinks on these things in relation to the knowledge of God. The qualifier “theological” highlights a key question: is the knowledge of God a mere subset of other kinds of knowledge (i.e., general epistemology), or does…

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John Walton: “This Course Can Change Your Life”

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Have you ever read a chapter from the Old Testament and wondered, why did God put that in the Bible?

Everyone has.

Lots of people—even in the church, even in the academy—don’t really know how to read the Old Testament.

It’s time to change that.

In this online course, John Walton and Andrew Hill will walk you through the Old Testament, book-by-book.

You will learn:

How to read the Old Testament and ancient history together The background to each Old Testament book—even the hard books How the Old Testament relates to the New Testament Why understanding the theology of the Old Testament is so important…

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What Does Genesis 12:1–3 Mean, Why Does It Matter?

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GenesisEarlier this year, we released another volume in the landmark The Story of God Bible Commentary series, written by none other than venerable Old Testament scholar Tremper Longman III.

In Genesis, Longman helps pastors and teachers help those they shepherd live and apply the Story to real life. It also offers them a sturdy resource for hearing the voice of God in the text and finding an accessible explanation of its passages.

Let’s look at how Longman explains and applies Genesis 12:1–3—an important set of verses to be sure!

“One cannot overestimate the importance of these three verses not only for the Abraham story and the Pentateuch but for the entire Bible, both Old and New Testaments.” (159)

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Is the Bible an Ancient Book? – Mondays with Mounce

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This is one of the more interesting questions that is answered in each translation’s “Philosophy of Translation.”

For example, the NLT reads like a modern book. It is so interpretive that many of the cultural expressions are lost; but that is its approach, and as long as the reader understands this, it is fine.

The ESV on the other hand wants to be in the translation stream of the KJV, and in most places reads like an ancient book. Just count the percentage of the occurrences of “shall” and “will” in the Old Testament vs. the New Testament and you will see what I mean.


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