Did Jesus Know When He Was Going to Die?

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peters-confessionDid Jesus expect to die? Did he intend to? If so, how did he view his death?

According to the Synoptic Gospels, from Peter’s confession at Caesarea Philippi onward, Jesus warned his disciples of his impending fate.

Three times he predicts that the Son of Man will suffer and die and then rise again (Mark 8:31–32, par.; 9:31, par.; 10:33, par.).

Historical evidence for the passion predictions

Some have argued that these passion predictions are prophecies created after the fact by the church, since Jesus could not have predicted his own death. Yet there…

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eBook Sale: Gregory Koukl’s New Apologetics Release, “The Story of Reality”

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“It’s my favorite thing I’ve written yet,” says Greg Koukl, President of Stand to Reason, about his new apologetics book The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between.

You may recognize Koukl as the author of the classic apologetics work Tactics: A Game Plan for Sharing Your Faith. Koukl’s latest work, The Story of Reality released earlier this year, and right now the eBook edition is 60% off.

story-of-reality-3d-coverIn brief, The Story of Reality is a “wide-angle account of the Christian view of the world, a big-picture description of the meaning of the drama of human history.”

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“Koukl has masterfully captured the heart of the Christian story in a way that is clarifying and insightful for…

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Who Killed Jesus? The Historical Context of Jesus’ Crucifixion

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Much of the scholarly discussion about the circumstances of Jesus’ death relates to the question of who was responsible for his arrest and crucifixion.

Who was responsible? The Jews or the Romans?

Historically, the primary responsibility has been placed on the Jewish leadership and the Jews in Jerusalem. Throughout the centuries, this has sometimes had tragic consequences, resulting in anti-Semitism and violence against Jews.

More recent trends in scholarship have shifted the blame to the Romans.

The tendency to blame the Jews, it is said, arose in the decades after the crucifixion with the church’s growing conflict with the synagogue and its desire to convince Rome that Christianity was no threat to the empire.

Most contemporary scholars recognize that…

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Why People are Reluctant to Talk about Their Christian Convictions

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We recently sat down with Greg Koukl to talk about what prevents people from articulating their faith to non-believers. Take a look at what he said:

The best way to start

In the Tactics online course, Gregory Koukl offers practical strategies to help you stay in the driver’s seat as you maneuver comfortably and graciously in any conversation about your Christian convictions.

In fact, we think this is so important that we’re giving away free access to the first lesson.

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How to Keep Receiving Your Newsletters from Zondervan Academic (Subscriber, Please Read)

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APRIL 7, 2017: If you subscribe to one of Zondervan Academic’s email newsletters, you may receive an unusual email from us soon. It requests that you click a link within your email “to keep receiving” your newsletter.

 

This is a legitimate email from Zondervan Academic. Clicking the email link (or more simply, re-subscribing to the Academc Update now) are the only ways to ensure you will continue to receive email updates from us.

 

What will happen if you click on the email link? Two things:

You will get access to something free. (A free PDF download or online course, depending on which newsletter you’re receiving.) You will continue to receive email newsletters from us for as long as you wish. You can still unsubscribe at any time.

 

Why is Zondervan Academic asking you to click a…

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Olive Tree Bible Software Sale: The Best Bible Reference Tools

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Save big on Bible reference works at Olive Tree Bible Software right now. (The sale ends April 17, 2017.) You will find deals on single volumes and complete sets:

Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, and atlases guides on how to read the Bible for all its worth works from trusted authors including Moisés Silva, Bill Mounce, Mark L. Strauss, and more

Most deals are 50% off, with only a few exceptions. This is the time to build your Bible reference library. Learn more and browse the titles on sale now at Olive Tree Bible Software.

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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth1. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Fourth Edition by Gordon D. Fee…

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Tremper Longman III Reflects on the Challenges of Studying Genesis

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We recently sat down with Tremper Longman III to discuss why the book of Genesis is so challenging to read and understand. His new Genesis online course is now available.

Genesis, like the rest of the Old Testament is a difficult book for us as twenty-first Christians to understand.

After all, we’re distant from this book in many ways. For one thing, it’s an ancient book. This is a book that was written three thousand five hundred years ago and has many strange and ancient customs.

The book of Genesis is also distant from us in terms of culture. It was written in an Ancient Near Eastern culture,…

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Logos Software Sale: Illustrated Commentary Set on the Old Testament

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zibbcot-setSave 25% on the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament set at Logos Bible Software. This is the premier commentary for connecting to the historical and cultural backgrounds of the Old Testament. You will save $50. (Deal ends April 17, 2017.)

This richly visual commentary series features:

over 2,000 photos, maps, charts and diagrams passage-by-passage commentary that presents archaeological findings, geographic insights, notes on manners and customs, and more analysis into the literature of the ancient Near East that will help you gain a deeper understanding of the biblical text

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The commentary series includes work by world-class scholars:

John H. Walton (Genesis) Daniel I. Block (Judges) Tremper Longman III…

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eBook Sale on Reformed Theology: Deals Start at $1.99

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Save up to 76% on timely and popular eBooks by Timothy Keller, D. A. Carson, Michael Horton, Tim Challies, and over 16 other authors in our new eBook sale on Reformed theology.

Topics in the sale include:

the Reformation and some of its solas (faith alone, God’s word alone, God’s glory alone) systematic and historical theology from a Reformed perspective ministry health and growth study Bibles for deeply biblical thinking

Read deeply, be strengthened, and be challenged by the eBooks in this sale. This eBook sale ends Sunday, April 9, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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Logos Software Sale: NIV Application Commentary, New Testament

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Save 44% on the NIV Application Commentary: New Testament set (20 vols.) at Logos Bible software. (The deal ends April 3, 2017.)

Billy Graham calls this series “an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible’s timeless message speak to this generation.”

What will you gain from this commentary series?

Understand the original audience and their problems, questions, and concerns—plus how the biblical author addressed those issues. Discern what is timeless in the timely pages of the Bible, and what is not. For example, if Paul’s primary concern is not circumcision (as he tells us in Galatians 5:6), what is he concerned about? Apply what you learn to present-day needs with accuracy and power. Understand any pitfalls you might encounter when seeking to apply the biblical messages, and get equipped to show how the…

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Olive Tree Bible Software: The Biggest Zondervan Academic Sale of the Year

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It’s the best time to build your biblical library at Olive Tree, because you will save 50% on works in biblical studies and theology.

You will find hundreds of deals, on complete sets and single volumes:

commentaries on the New and Old Testaments bestselling texts on theology and biblical studies thoughtful works from trusted teachers and up-and-coming scholars

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NIV Application Commentary: New Testament (20 Vols.) and Old Testament Sets (22 Vols.) Get equipped for understanding the Bible’s ancient message and teaching it in today’s context. The sets feature top-notch scholarship from Scot McKnight, John H. Walton, and many others. The sets…

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The Biblical-Christian View of Ultimate Reality: God – An Excerpt from The Essentials of Christian Thought

ZA Blog on 3 months ago.

Christians disagree on doctrine, politics, church government, certain moral questions—just about everything under the sun, it can seem. Yet a unity remains, centered around a core outlook on God and the world that is common to all believers.

In today’s excerpt from The Essentials of Christian Thought, eminent theologian and church historian Roger Olson outlines a biblical vision of this ultimate reality—God, the sole absolute, the metaphysical source and sustainer of all that has being.

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9780310521556_imageAt the heart of every metaphysic, every vision of ultimate reality, lies something absolute, something believed to be the source and/or connecting center of all that is. By absolute, here is meant only “unsurpassable” in terms of explanatory power; it is whatever…

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