What people are saying about Zondervan Academic Online Courses

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Nearly a year ago, we set out on an ambitious project to make online theological education more accessible and more affordable for more people.

The response has been amazing. This is what a few people have said:

“The course I signed up for . . . is equal in quality to a university online course. I like the videos, and the self-paced aspect of the course. I recommend it for anyone that wants a quality course, and who wants to be able to take the course on a self-paced basis.”


“The courses offer a real education with practical and useful information. I am highly impressed with the online resources and the textbook and workbook. I am learning…

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The Church Is a Salad – An Excerpt from A Fellowship of Differents by Scot McKnight

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“We have smothered all differences in the church so that everything is the same: designed for one gender, one socioeconomic group, one race, one culture, and one theology.” (17)

In today’s excerpt from A Fellowship of Differents, Scot Mcknight challenges the church to consider ways we should be a mixture of people from all across the map and spectrum: men and women, rich and poor, black and white, and everything in between.


9780310531470_imageThere are three ways to eat a salad: the American Way, the Weird Way, and the Right Way.

The American Way of eating a salad is to fill your bowl with some iceberg lettuce or some spinach leaves, some tomato slices and olives, and maybe some carrots, then smother…

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Last Chance! Biblical Languages Certificate Introductory Discounts End Soon

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Maybe you’ve always dreamed of learning the biblical languages, but going to seminary has never been an option. Or perhaps you once knew Greek and Hebrew well, but over time, you’ve lost some of your proficiency.

When you complete the new Biblical Languages Certificate Program, you’ll be able to work with the languages the Bible was originally written in.

You’ll discover meanings you might not see in an English translation. You’ll be able to see the kinds of rhetorical devices that get lost in translation. And you’ll be prepared for advanced language study.

Understanding Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic will transform how you understand and interpret the text of God’s Word.

Last chance!

Introductory discounts end this coming Friday, September 30.

If you…

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Jewish-Christian Borders – An Excerpt from Near Christianity by Anthony Le Donne

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“In my experience—in my conversations with ‘unbelieving neighbors’—I have learned that Christianity appears quite differently from the borders.” (19)

In today’s excerpt from Near Christianity, Anthony Le Donne, associate professor of New Testament at United theological seminary and cofounder of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue and Sacred Texts Consultation, reflects on our relationships with those on the peripheries of Christianity.

near_christianitySidewalk to Synagogue

One of the realities of pilgrimage is border crossing. Whether it is a physical or spiritual journey, borderlands must be navigated. Boundary markers must be interpreted. Some borders suggest new life, progress, or possibility. My memory of the concrete tunnel that opened up to Candlestick Park was like that. Upon entry, that concrete tunnel was only nostalgic in that it promised…

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Miles Van Pelt on Learning Biblical Hebrew Online

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We recently sat down with Miles Van Pelt to discuss learning biblical Hebrew online.

Here is what he said:

One of the things that is difficult about studying the Old Testament is it represents a culture that is far away in terms of its time and in terms of its practices.

77.3% of our Bible appears in Hebrew. So if we want to know what the Bible says, and if we want to know how to accurately communicate what the Bible says, then we will learn the language in which the vast majority of the Bible was written.

Hebrew has this way of connecting us back to that culture, connecting us back to their idiom, connecting us back to their way of thinking.

One of the great things about our day and age is that if you are in…

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10 New Online Courses Announced

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Whatever you want to learn—and however you desire to grow—we want to make sure there’s an online course for you.

That’s why, in addition to the online courses already available, we’re releasing ten new courses in the next few months:

Ancient Languages Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, taught by Daniel Wallace Reading Biblical Greek, taught by Constantine R. Campbell Basics of Classical Syriac, taught by Steven C. Hallam Biblical Studies Galatians, taught by Thomas R. Schreiner The Message of the Prophets, taught by J. Daniel Hays The Torah Story, taught by Gary Schnittjer Thinking Through Paul, taught by Todd Still and Bruce W. Longenecker Church History Church History 2: From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day,…

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Bill Mounce on Learning Biblical Greek Online

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We recently sat down with Bill Mounce to discuss learning biblical Greek online. Here’s what he said:

Part of being successful in any task is starting the task with the end in mind.

So it is a really good question to ask, “What will you be able to do when you are done with this class?”

Like most first year language classes, what we are doing is giving you building blocks.

What you will have are all the building blocks necessary to get into exegesis, to get into the sermon preparation, to really be able to study the New Testament. Building blocks—that is what this class is about.

How to study the original languages

The best way to begin your study of the biblical languages is by signing up for the Biblical Languages Certificate Program.

In this program,…

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Pleased to Meet You, Sarah Withrow King – An Interview with the Author of Vegangelical

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In today’s edition of Pleased to Meet You, we introduce Sarah Withrow King, author of our recent book Vegangelical. She is deputy director of the Sider Center of Eastern University, and codirector of CreatureKind, which helps engage churches in new ways of thinking about animals and Christian faith. She is also an associate fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and a covenant member of Circle of Hope. She does like cats but is more of a dog person.

Recently, we spent some time to get to know Sarah.

Sarah and DaisyTell us about yourself. What’s your story?

I get paid by the number of letters in my title, so I’m the Interim Director of the Sider Center on Ministry…

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Søren and Copenhagen: A Complicated Relationship – An Excerpt from Kierkegaard

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In today’s excerpt from Kierkegaard: A Single Life, Stephen Backhouse introduces us to the fascinating and complicated relationship between the infamous philosopher and the people of Copenhagen, his home city.



Copenhagen itself became crucial to his writing process. Lengthy walks around Copenhagen were part of the authorial process, because it was on the city streets that Søren “put everything into its final form.” Søren “wrote” while walking. The hiking stage was only the first part of his process. The second stage occurred when he got home, where he would be observed by his servant, Anders Westergaard, standing at his desk, hat still on head and umbrella tucked under arm, furiously scribbling down with his hands the words he had already written by foot.…

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What Language Did Jesus Speak?

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Have you ever wondered what language Jesus spoke?

Let’s take a closer look.

What Languages Were Spoken in First-century Palestine?

Before we can identify which languages Jesus spoke, we need to know what languages were spoken in first-century Palestine.

Here are the three languages:

Aramaic had been widely spoken since the Babylonian exile. Since the invasion of Alexander the Great, Greek had been spoken in many communities. The Hebrew Bible—the Scriptures of Jesus’s day—was written and studied in Hebrew (as the name implies).

Each language had its own function. Some were used only for writing, while others were used for speaking in ordinary conversation. If you were conducting business transactions or international trade, you would likely use still other languages.

What about Jesus?

To discover the language Jesus spoke, we need…

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Announcing the new Biblical Languages Certificate Program

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Imagine opening a copy of the Greek New Testament or the Hebrew Bible and being able to understand what it says in the original languages. When you complete the new Biblical Languages Certificate Program, you’ll be able to do exactly that.

The Biblical Languages Certificate Program will deepen your understanding of God’s word for preaching, teaching, and personal study. You’ll gain foundational knowledge for reading and understanding the Bible in the languages it was originally written in, and you’ll be well-positioned for advanced language study.

By signing up for the Biblical Languages Certificate Program, you’ll learn the basics of Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic—everything you need to begin working with the text of the Bible in the original languages.

Whether you prepare sermons, lead…

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Software Super Sale! 60% Off 6 Reference Works

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Shop today and save 60% on software editions of 6 popular reference works:

Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words by William D. Mounce. Ideal for readers with limited or no knowledge of Greek or Hebrew who want greater insight into the meanings of biblical words to enhance Bible study. NIV Application Commentary: New Testament (20 Vols.) Understand how to apply the Bible’s ancient message today with these commentaries by Doug Moo, Scot McKnight, Craig Blomberg and many others. New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (5 Vols.) by Willem A. VanGemeren. The classic tool for serious Old Testament and exegetical study. New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (5 Vols.) by Moisés Silva. The standard…

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