How to Apply the Bible to Your Life in Four Steps

Jeremy Bouma on 1 week ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

9780310524175One hallmark of biblical interpretation is the meant-means distinction: we need to determine what the Bible meant (to the original author and audience, in their context and culture) before understanding what it means (to us in our context and culture).

Authors William Klein, Craig Blomberg, and Robert Hubbard echo this hermeneutical rule in Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, Third Edition, a fully updated resource to help students unravel the mysteries of interpreting Scripture.

One of those mysteries is the means side of the equation: how to apply the Bible. The authors explain that “all applications must be consistent with the meaning of passages arrived at by means of…sound hermeneutical principles” (609). But how can one make the connection between what a passage meant, as determined…

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Software Sale: Word Biblical Commentary Set — Save at Least $800 on WBC

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Right now, the Word Biblical Commentary set is on sale at Logos, Accordance, Olive Tree, and WORDsearch software retailers.

If you act now, you will save at least $800. This is a very steep discount—you pay an average of just $6.56 per volume!

Don’t wait, because this sale ends May 22, 2017! Here are the deals:

Browse at Logos – 66% Off

Browse at Olive Tree – 67% Off

Browse at Accordance – 73% Off

Browse at WORDsearch – 67% Off

How will the Word Biblical Commentary help you?

The WBC series will help you build deeper theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship. Gain a thorough understanding of the Bible through historical, textual, linguistic, structural, and theological discoveries collected within the series—equipping you with balanced insight into the meaning of the biblical text.

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

Jeremy Bouma on 1 month 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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Olive Tree Bible Software Sale: These Exegetical Commentaries Are for You, If…

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Right now the Zondervan Exegetical Commentaries on the New Testament and Old Testament are steeply discounted (50% off) at Olive Tree Bible Software.

If you identify with one or more of these statements, this commentary series is for you:

you would like help interpreting the words of Scripture without getting bogged down in scholarly issues that seem irrelevant to the life of the church. you would like to see a visual representation (a graphical display) of the flow of thought in each passage. you would like expert guidance from solid evangelical scholars who set out to explain the meaning of the original text in the clearest way possible and to help you navigate through the main interpretive issues. you have taken Greek and would like a commentary that helps you apply what you have learned without assuming you are…

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Four Principles from Daniel for Sustaining Faith in Today’s World

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

9780310284642How can we live “in the world” and yet not let the world own us and squeeze us into the shape of its own fallen values and assumptions?

A teenager and his friends, to say nothing of an entire nation, had to navigate this question themselves. Thankfully their wisdom has been preserved for us.

In his new book Hearing the Message of Daniel, Christopher Wright explores the perennial problem of living in but not of the world by exploring the book of Daniel—beginning with the young Jewish mens’ surprising response to Babylon’s program of indoctrination.

Though most sermons focus on their courage to say “no,” Wright explains why it is important that…

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How You Can Preach the Purpose and Theology of the Book of Daniel

Jeremy Bouma on 6 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

danielsgbcWith so much global uncertainty and unease, it’s easy to forget what the book of Daniel reminds us: God is the King of kings!

Old Testament scholar Wendy L. Widder explores this crucial anthem in her new Daniel commentary (Story of God Bible Commentary series). While Christians have been obsessed with how Daniel reveals end-times events, she argues we’ve often missed its pivotal message—one we need now more than ever:

God is in control, no matter how things look, and his kingdom will one day fill the earth. (14)

Widder explains that this message grows out of the book’s primary theme: the kingdom of God. “The book reveals why God is the king of all kings, and it offers perspective on how citizens of his kingdom should live while they…

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Academic eBooks at Low Prices! Theology, Philosophy, Sex and Gender, and More

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We hand-picked a few thoughtful works that are worth your attention, and put them in our brief Academic eBook Sale (November 14-20, 2016).

These eBooks cover a breadth of biblical and theological topics, but don’t miss the small selection of works about sex, gender, and the church.

The deals include:

Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse by Ruth A. Tucker is 60% off Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style  by David T. Lamb is 60% off Four Views on Hell (Second Edition with all new contributors) edited by Preston Sprinkle is 68% off Kierkegaard: A Single Life by Stephen Backhouse is 39% off Five Views on the Church and Politics edited by Amy E. Black is 68% off God’s Glory Alone: The Majestic Heart of…

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12 Must-See Books on Biblical Studies (ETS, AAR, SBL Checklist Part 2)

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The 2016 annual conferences ETS and AAR/SBL are near! We rounded up a short list of Zondervan’s must-see books on biblical studies. (Also see our must-see books on theology.) Here’s the list in no particular order, including news on special deals and a few comments from readers.

Drop by the Zondervan booth at the conferences in San Antonio and get these books 50% off! (And don’t miss the special Counterpoints deal below.)

1. No God but One: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam & Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi

“It has been a decade since I decided to leave Islam, and the fallout of my decision haunts me every day. I knew it would, but I also knew that I was sure.” –Nabeel Qureshi

Find out why

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eBook Sale: NIV Application Commentaries Just $4.99

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Each eBook in the NIV Application Commentary series is just $4.99 for a limited time! These eBooks will help you understand the Bible’s ancient message and how it speaks today. See the Deals

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These resources feature top-notch scholarship from leading experts, including these classic volumes and more:

Genesis and Job by John H. Walton Romans and 2 Peter, Jude by Douglas J. Moo Galatians and 1 Peter by Scot McKnight Daniel by Tremper Longman III Luke by Darrell L. Bock 1 Corinthians by Craig L. Blomberg Esther by Karen H. Jobes Deuteronomy by Daniel I. Block More

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This series promises to become an indispensable tool for every…

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What Does the Tower of Babel Mean for Us Today?

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Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth. —Genesis 11:4, NIV

Genesis 11:4 comes to life as we understand the deeper cultural context for the original readers and hearers of the Bible.

A city, with a tower. One single architectural feature dominated the landscape of early Mesopotamian cities: towers known as ziggurats. In the earliest stage of urbanization, the city was not designed for the private sector. People did not live in the city. Instead, it was comprised of the public buildings, such as administrative buildings, and granaries, which were mostly connected with…

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Why Learn Ugaritic?

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You already know that understanding the Bible’s original languages of Greek and Hebrew is an important prerequisite for serious biblical study.

But what about Ugaritic?

The Israelites didn’t speak Ugaritic. The Bible wasn’t written in Ugaritic. What makes understanding Ugaritic so important for understanding the Hebrew Bible?

What is Ugaritic?

Before we see why it’s so important to know Ugaritic, let’s take a closer look at the people who spoke it.

Ugaritic was the language spoken by the people who lived in the city-state of Ugarit. This city was located directly east of Cyprus, and directly north of Israel.

Ugarit was strategically placed…

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