Finally, A Commentary by South Asian Scholars for South Asian Readers

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South Asia Bible CommentarySeveral years ago an American friend worked with pastors in Ukraine, offering ministry encouragement and strategic insights. At his first meeting he was greeted by a baseball diamond diagram popularized by an American book helping churches supercharge their ministry. They were using it to help guide their Eastern European churches.

He thought the baseball analogy was contextually out of place. Instead of importing American ministry strategies, he encouraged these leaders to create contextual ones for their indigenous ministries.

The same could be said for Bible commentaries.

Biblical insights from Western commentaries can be helpful elsewhere. Yet non-Western churches need resources to explain the Bible, relate its meaning to specific contexts, and apply Scripture to their life and ministry. Now we have such a resource for South Asia.

The new South…

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Biblical Hebrew Award Winners, 2014-2015. Plus an Invitation to Instructors

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Did you know Zondervan Academic partners with colleges, universities, and seminaries to recognize students for outstanding achievement in the study of biblical Hebrew?

To find out how your school can participate in the Zondervan Biblical Hebrew Award program, please contact Joshua Kessler (joshua.kessler@harpercollins.com).

And please join us in congratulating the 2014-2015 winners.

Biblical Hebrew Award Winners, 2014-2015

Asbury Theological Seminary – David Nonnenmacher Asbury Theological Seminary – Orlando Campus – Sarah Wise Baptist Bible Seminary – Stuart Green Bethel College – Jonathan Nicoletti Brite Divinity School – Kate Hogue Calvary Bible College, Kansas City, MO – Julia Lloyd Calvary Chapel Bible College – Dorinda Thompson and Jesse Corey Carolina Evangelical Divinity School – Bill Goans Carson-Newman College – Zachary Ballard, Mitchell Benjamin and Robert Stidham Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis – Aaron Geise Central Christian College of the…

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Misguided Convictions about Daniel – Spotlight on WBC: Daniel, $9.99 for a Limited Time

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Did you know that for a short time, all Word Biblical Commentary volumes are on sale at Logos, Accordance, Olive Tree, and WORDsearch?

This includes John E. Goldingay’s classic volume on the Book of Daniel. Read an excerpt from Daniel below, and then buy it now to save about 70% off the original price!

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Misguided Convictions about Daniel – From WBC: Daniel by John E. Goldingay

What assumptions should we bring to [Daniel] regarding the nature of the stories and the origin of the visions? Critical scholarship has sometimes overtly, sometimes covertly approached the visions with the a priori conviction that they cannot be…

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The Avalanche of Sin – Spotlight on WBC: Genesis, $9.99 Each for a Limited Time

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Did you know that for a short time, all Word Biblical Commentary volumes are on sale at Logos, Accordance, Olive Tree, and WORDsearch?

This includes Gordon J. Wenham’s classic volumes on Genesis. Read an excerpt from Genesis 1-15 below, and then buy it now to save roughly 70% off the original price!

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The Avalanche of Sin – From WBC: Genesis, 1-15 by Gordon J. Wenham

The ancient [Near Eastern] background to Gen 1—11 shows it to be concerned with rather different issues from those that tend to preoccupy modern readers. It is affirming the unity of God in the face of polytheism,…

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7 Myths About the Bible & Homosexuality Debunked

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

9780310518471_394_600_90When I first started reading David Lamb’s new book about Old Testament-style love I thought to myself, “Yeah, but what does he say about homosexuality?”

Given the current tectonic sexual shifts within Western culture, I imagine others will be searching for the same kind of biblically rooted, pastorally sensitive answers I was interested in. In this final chapter, Lamb doesn’t disappoint; he surprises!

In a sensible, down-to-earth, well-informed examination, Prostitutes and Polygamists exposes and debunks seven important myths about the Bible and homosexuality.

1) Gay Sex Is No Big Deal

While homosexuality itself never appears in the Old Testament, two verses in Leviticus do briefly address the issue: Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13.

“Leviticus clearly…

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WBC Software Super Sale: Just $9.99 for Each Word Biblical Commentary Volume

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Right now, each Word Biblical Commentary is just $9.99!

For a brief time all WBC volumes are on sale at Logos, Accordance, Olive Tree, and WORDsearch. You’ll save an average of 70% off the original price!

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WBC has more #1-rated volumes than any other commentary series (source: BestCommentaries.com, view the top commentaries). These essential resources feature top-rated scholarship by Richard J. Bauckham, William D. Mounce, Gordon J. Wenham, John E. Goldingay, Richard N. Longenecker, and many others.

Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, featuring an international team of over 50 top scholars. These are the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture…

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5 Reasons Christians Should Talk About Prostitutes and Polygamists

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

9780310518471Let’s talk about sex. The deviant, Old Testament kind.

As in prostitution, polygamy, rape, adultery, and incest.

If you’re blushing, you’re not alone. By the looks of it most of the Bride is too, given how little we talk about sexual sins and sex in general. David Lamb wants to change this.

“The church needs to talk about sex more,” writes Lamb in his new book Prostitutes and Polygamists, “not just the ideal but also the reality.” (19)

And the reality is sex is broken. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be at many levels. Which is why the Bible talks about it so much, and why we should too:

“The Bible gives us no…

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Zondervan Mourns the Death of Verlyn D. Verbrugge, Editor, Writer, Pastor, and New Testament Scholar

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Verlyn D. Verbrugge, longtime Zondervan editor, teaching pastor, author, and New Testament scholar, died on June 21, 2015 following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72 years old.

His death serves as a deep loss to family, friends, and publishing colleagues; the academic community, especially those working in the areas of New Testament studies and Biblical Greek; and the Christian church at large, including the numerous pastors and leaders around the world whose lives and Bible knowledge he shaped.

Since June 1986, Verlyn (or V2 as colleagues fondly called him) has served as one of Zondervan’s principal production editors for Bibles and academic resources in biblical and theological studies. His versatility, however, extended far beyond the academic publishing arena. Verlyn effortlessly traversed between scholarly and popular landscapes, serving as a trusted editor for both church/ministry resources and popular…

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5 Steps to Understanding Any Biblical Text: The Interpretive Journey from “Grasping God’s Word”

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How can we know what the Bible means?

This extract from Grasping God’s Word may serve as a quick guide to “the interpretive journey.” This is a journey we must take — across the barriers of time, culture, language, and other differences — if we are to rightly understand the Bible. Read on as authors J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays sketch the interpretive journey before us.

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Many of us want to be able to dig deeper into [God’s] Word. We want to see more and to understand more of the biblical text. We also want to know that we understand…

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Kenton Sparks: Genesis 1–11 is Ancient Historiography — An Excerpt from “Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?”

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9780310514947What genre is Genesis 1–11? Is it history, fiction, or neither? A new book provides clarity by exploring the first eleven chapters of the Bible, which are often fraught with disagreement and confusion.

Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? offers a vigorous discussion of primeval history from three distinct perspective. One of those voices is Kenton Sparks, who argues Genesis is neither history nor fiction:

I don’t intend to suggest that the authors were avoiding history, as might be the case in full-fledged allegory. I mean instead that they were so busy doing something else that historical questions were not in the foreground of their thinking.

Read the excerpt below and engage this important resource yourself to gain deeper insights into the important discussion…

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This Major Biblical Theme Is a Surprising Root of the Manhood Problem

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Malestrom by Carolyn Custis James

Single motherhood is becoming the new norm for how children are raised. In 2014:

4 out 10 children were born to unwed mothers; More than 80% of all single-parent families in America are headed by women; 1 in 4 children (17.4 million) are being raised without a father.

Carolyn Custis James calls this new fatherless norm an “epidemic” in her new book Malestrom, which explores, clarifies, and remedies the problem of manhood. She argues this fatherhood disaster stems from “a powerful malestrom undertow,” (78) resulting in violence, patriarchy, and male identity confusion.

Surprisingly, not only is this major feature of the malestrom a major theme of the male experience. It’s also a major biblical theme.

Some of us understand it well. It’s what James calls the father wound.

Father Wound Defined

James contends the root cause of much…

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Gordon Wenham: Genesis 1–11 is Proto-History — An Excerpt from “Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?”

Jeremy Bouma on 2 years ago.

9780310514947What genre is Genesis 1–11? Is it history, fiction, or neither? A new book provides clarity by exploring the first eleven chapters of the Bible, which are often fraught with disagreement and confusion.

Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? offers a vigorous discussion of primeval history from three distinct perspective. One of those voices is Gordon Wenham, who argues the authors of Genesis wrote in typically ancient ways that did not intend to produce history:

I argued that the backbone of Gen 1 – 11 is an expanded linear genealogy…This interest in chronology and the causal explanation of the sequence of events in the dim and distant past makes protohistory a better description of Gen 1 – 11 than myth on the one hand and history…

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