Clarity or Ambiguity? (John 1:13) – Mondays with Mounce 278

Bill Mounce on 2 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

This is another way of asking the age old question, do you err on the side of word-for-word translation or on the side of meaning? Do you want clarity of meaning, or do you want to stay closer to the Greek and be less meaningful and more ambiguous?

You can’t have it both ways. Period.

Look at John 1:13. My interlinear reads that children of God “were born (ἐγεννήθησαν), not from human stock or from a physical impulse (οὐδὲ ἐκ θελήματος σαρκὸς) or by a husband’s decision (οὐδὲ ἐκ θελήματος ), but by God.” But even that is moving toward clarity.

If you really want transparency to the Greek and to be as little interpretive as possible, you would write, “who were born not out of bloods nor out of…

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Logos Software Sale: NIV Application Commentary, New Testament

ZA Blog on 2 months ago.

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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Giving Credit to Katharina von Bora (Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation)

Ruth A. Tucker on 2 months ago. Tagged under ,,.

There are a thousand reasons to celebrate advances women have made as we contemplate Women’s History Month, but from another perspective, a picture is worth a thousand reasons. The recent setting was the White House, March 23, 2017 where Vice President Pence was leading a meeting related to health care. On the docket was the proposal to remove maternity care as a required aspect of the Republican health care bill. That no women were pictured among the thirty men at the table was telling.

In fact, to demonstrate how few women hold high positions of leadership, Elle Magazine, in their #MoreWomen campaign of 2015, photoshopped men out of significant groupings of leaders in various arenas, from politics to business. The results were startling. In a grouping of more than thirty world leaders, only three women were left.

What if we…

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Hermeneutics 101: Reasons, Challenges, and Benefits of Biblical Interpretation

Jeremy Bouma on 2 months ago. Tagged under ,,,,,.

9780310524175Almost ten years ago I was introduced to hermeneutics by William Klein, Craig Blomberg, and Robert Hubbard in the first semester of my M.Div. program. Thanks to their sturdy textbook resource I got a goodly introduction to the important practice of biblical interpretation. Which is why I’m thrilled they’ve updated and revised it!

Now in its third edition, Introduction to Biblical Interpretation offers concise, logical, and practical guidelines for discovering the truth in God’s Word. With updates and revisions throughout that keep pace with current scholarship, this guide offers the best, most up-to-date information needed to interpret Scripture.

But how are we to learn what the Bible says? How do we…

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What Is Worse? Removing from Scripture or Adding to Scripture? (Matt 18:11) – Mondays with Mounce 277

Bill Mounce on 2 months ago. Tagged under ,,.

I was asked why all modern translations “omit” Matt 18:11. “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost” (KJV). The form of the question betrays the basic problem, that people think modern translations omit verses rather than other translations add verses.

There are probably two reasons for this assumption. One is that the verse is in the KJV. The second is that in modern translations the verse number is skipped.

The first Bible to have verse numbers was the Geneva Bible (1557). Verse numbers allowed readers to cross-reference passages (see Wikipedia). This was 54 years before the KJV; but like the KJV, the Read more

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.

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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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[Common Places] Reading Notes: Faith Alone

Erik Herrmann on 3 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

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This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At Common Places we will begin the year by focusing on some of the central principles and most relevant texts that shaped early Reformation theology and that have continued that conversation in the centuries that followed. Each month we will begin with a post related to an ongoing book project from Zondervan Academic that addresses the five solas of Reformation theology. We will then conclude each month with an annotated reading…

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6 Major Themes in the Johannine Epistles and the Story of God

Jeremy Bouma on 3 months ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

9780310327325A few years ago, Zondervan Academic launched a new commentary series to explain and illuminate Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story: The Story of God Bible Commentary. Today we’re pleased to share the next volume.

Constantine Campbell’s new commentary on 1, 2, and 3 John offers a clear and compelling exposition of the Bible, as well as a guide for everyday readers in how to creatively and faithfully live it out contextually.

This commentary examines John’s teachings with an eye to the church today—the men and women who desire a deeper relationship with God, a stronger foundation for their walk, and a clearer vision for God’s working in the world beyond their immediate circle… (19)

In a few weeks we will showcase the dynamics of Campbell’s work…

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If Only We Knew What μόνον Means (2 Thess 2:7) – Mondays with Mounce 276

Bill Mounce on 3 months ago. Tagged under ,,.

I don’t know what kind of mood Paul was in when he wrote his second letter to the Thessalonians, but it is remarkable how many grammatical incongruities there are.

Read, for example, 2 Thess 2:7. Paul writes, τὸ γὰρ μυστήριον ἤδη ἐνεργεῖται τῆς ἀνομίας· μόνον ὁ κατέχων ἄρτι ἕως ἐκ μέσου γένηται. He has just said that something (τὸ κατέχον) — and will later say someone (ὁ κατέχων) — is restraining the coming of the antichrist. However, despite this restraint, the mystery of lawlessness (τὸ μυστήριον τῆς ἀνομίας) is already at work (ἤδη ἐνεργεῖται), a mystery that will some day (ἐν τῷ ἑαυτοῦ καιρῷ) give way to the obvious truth…

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Logos Bible Software Sale: Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Frank E. Gaebelein, General Editor)

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The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series set the gold standard for expositors—for understanding the biblical authors and teaching their message today.

Save 64% on this 12-volume commentary set from Logos Bible Software right now. Don’t wait, this sale ends March 27 ,2017.

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About the Expositor’s Bible Commentary

The Gold Medallion Award–winning Expositor’s Bible Commentary offers pastors, teachers and students a comprehensive tool for the exposition of the Scriptures and the teaching and proclamation of their message.

How does this commentary approach Scripture?

Hear from the General Editor, the late Frank E. Gaebelein:

The chief principle of interpretation followed in this commentary is the grammatico-historical one—namely, that the primary aim of the exegete is to make clear…

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The World is a Battleground—Both Literally and Figuratively – An Excerpt from The Essentials of Christian Thought

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In today’s excerpt from The Essentials of Christian Thought, eminent theologian and church historian Roger Olson explains what leads to confusion and accommodation to nonbiblical, non-Christian life and world perspectives.

9780310521556_imageThe Biblical-Christian Perspective on the World

The world is a battleground—both literally and figuratively. Here both senses are in view. First, conflicting worldviews and metaphysical belief systems see the world as radically different things. And that can make a great difference in ethics. How we should treat nature, and all that is in it, for example, can depend very much on what we believe it is. One theory about the environmental crisis lays the blame for the rape of nature by human industry at the feet of Judeo-Christian religion;…

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