James Hoffmeier: Genesis 1–11 is History and Theology — 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 James Hoffmeier, who argues Genesis is history that reflects real facts and real events:

When we consider the framing of the books with the tôlĕdôt markers and the rather specific geographical settings, which I believe would lead an ancient audience to consider the Nephilim episode, the flood, and Tower of Babel narratives as historical events, then there are good reasons to read these texts this way even in the twenty-first…

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How Is “Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?” Distinctive Among “Genesis” Books?

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9780310514947Thanks to biblical scholars like John Walton and cultural shapers like Darren Aronofsky, there seems to have been a resurgent interest in the opening chapters of the Bible.

But where many books address Genesis 1 or 2 and 3, the broader “primeval history” chapters are often left untreated. The new book Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? bridges this gap in engagement by addressing Genesis 1–11 in its entirety. Because as the book’s general editor Charles Halton argues:

You can’t really discuss Genesis 1 or Genesis 2–3 without looking at it in the entire narrative that goes from Genesis 1–11.

Genesis assembles the various discussions about Genesis, origins, and the beginning of the Bible into the bigger Biblical storyline…

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Take the 100 Page Challenge for the Classic of Classics

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A Doubter's Guide to the Bible(Can’t see the video? Watch it here)

A few years ago author John Dickson was challenged to read A Tale of Two Cities.

And he hated it. He hated the sentence length and rhythm, the historical background was too complicated.

But a hundred pages in something happened: he began to enjoy the rhythm of the sentences, the historical background came alive.

This is why he’s issued a “100 Pages Challenge” for the Classic of classics, the Bible. In the video above he explains why you should take it and how it will benefit you.

To enhance your reading and make the most of this challenge, grab his book A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible—a snapshot of the worldview and main themes of the Bible.

“If you give…

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What Genre Is Genesis 1–11: History, Fiction, or Neither?

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Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?

Four hundred years ago, the Roman Inquisition investigated the scientific exploits of a one Galileo Galilei, finding him guilty of all charges. They concluded Galileo’s scientific beliefs were false and contrary to Scripture, forced him to recant them, and confined him to house arrest.

His crime? Heliocentrism. To reconcile his scientific understand with Scripture, Galileo concluded the Bible often means “things which are quite different from what its bare words signify.”

Galileo gets at an important set of questions, which Charles Halton asks as editor of the new book Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?:

Is Genesis 1–11 similar to the genres of our culture? If so, what genre is it? Is it factual history, fictional fable, or somewhere in between? And how does its overall genre effect our interpretation of individual passages? (19–20)

In the last…

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When There’s No Silver Lining — John H. Walton on the Book of Job [Excerpt]

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Job Rebuked by His Friends by William Blake

Here’s a slice of John H. Walton’s NIV Application Commentary: Job.

Sometimes there is no visible silver lining, no redeeming value in sight. Sometimes those who endure difficulty feel that nothing is left but an empty shell. Some people never recover physically, emotionally, or spiritually. It is not guaranteed that we will emerge on the other side of pain strengthened by the experience. It would be naive to suggest that suffering universally results in growth. S. Cairns suggests a more nuanced perspective as he elaborates on Simone Weil’s observation that “affliction compels us to recognize as real what we do not think possible.” He observes:

The occasions of our suffering are capable of revealing what our habitual illusions often obscure, keeping us from knowing. Our afflictions drag us — more or less kicking — into a fresh and vivid awareness that…

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NIV 50th Anniversary Bible and Reference 50% Off Sale

Jeremy Bouma on 2 years ago.


NIV Greek and English New TestamentThis year the Committee on Bible Translation, Zondervan, and Biblica are celebrating the 50th year anniversary of the commissioning of the New International Version Bible.

We are celebrating this milestone with a sale offering 50% off essential resources in our Core Reference Library for people at every level of ministry—but only until May 10, 2015.

This curated selection of essential Bible and reference resources includes:

Bibles NIV Greek and English New Testament by John R. Kohlenberger III Sale: $35.00 | Was: $69.99

NIV Life Application Study Bible Sale: $30.00 | Was: $59.99

Bible Backgrounds Commentaries Genesis (Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary) by John H. Walton Sale: $8.50 | Was: $16.99

Isaiah (Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary) by David W. Baker Sale: $10.00 | Was:…

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Why is the Bible Always the Number One Bestseller?

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A Doubter's Guide to the BibleExcept for 2007, when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 40 million copies, every year the Bible has been the number one bestseller.

Why is the Bible so popular? In today’s video John Dickson, author of A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible, explains two possible reasons:

“The Church imposes it on the world; it makes this Book the popular book.” “The Bible tells a story from the first book, Genesis, to the last book, Revelation, that people long to be true.”

Dickson goes on to explain what he says in his book: “[the Bible’s] account of humanity and the world we live in rings true. Reading the Bible can be like meeting someone you don’t know who, oddly, somehow…

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5 Essential Resources to Build Your Bible Reference Library

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Whether you are an interested Christian who desires to go deeper in the Bible, a volunteer ministry leader, or seasoned vocational minister, Zondervan offers you several resources essential to your study and communication of God’s Word.

These resources will give you an overview of the Bible, help you find verses and passages in the Bible, and help you understand things in the Bible by providing more specific information.

Below are five of the most essential resources to building your Bible reference library:

The NIV Exhaustive Bible Concordance, Third Edition

Only one concordance provides an exhaustive indexing of every appearance of every word in the NIV Bible: The NIV Exhaustive Bible Concordance, Third Edition.For those who don’t read biblical Greek or Hebrew, this tool unlocks the meaning of the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words from which the…

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What’s Your Favorite Greek Word? Mine Describes God’s Love

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NIV Exhaustive Bible Concordance“Do you know how much God loves you?”

This is a question I loved posing when I preached, because I loved pointing people to some of the original Greek words that describe this love. One place is Luke 1:77–78, which tells of the Lord who came to give people salvation “through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God.”

I love the way the original Greek talks about this kind of love: dia splangchna eleou theou—literally through God’s merciful bowels.

Bowels? What?! Check out how The NIV Exhaustive Bible Concordance helps illumine this word:

G5073 σπλάγχνον splanchnon, n. [11] [→ 2359, 4492, 4499, 5072]. inward parts of body: intestines; of…

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New Releases Today: NIV Exhaustive Bible Concordance, Talking with Catholics About the Gospel, & The Pastor’s Ministry

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Today we are pleased to release several new resources that will inform and enhance your teaching or pastoral ministry. Here is a quick overview:

The NIV Exhaustive Bible Concordance, Third Edition

Only one concordance provides an exhaustive indexing of every appearance of every word in the NIV Bible: The NIV Exhaustive Bible Concordance, Third Edition. For those who don’t read biblical Greek or Hebrew, this tool unlocks the meaning of the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words from which the NIV was translated. This feature-rich NIV concordance offers: a complete alphabetical listings for every word in the NIV; thorough dictionary-indexes that define every Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek word in the Bible; a frequency count for each original-language word and each of its English translations as they appear in the NIV Bible; a special index of articles, conjunctions, particles, prepositions, and pronouns; and the…

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How to Better Learn the Bible: 3 Tips on Choosing the Right Resources for You

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All things being equal, the more you read, the more you’ll be able to help people. —Gary T. Meadors, Editor of Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology

How do you learn about the Bible?

Do people ask you questions about the Bible?

Hopefully you know some knowledgeable, trustworthy people who can answer your Bible questions — or who can at least point you in the right direction.  But if we rely solely on others for our Bible knowledge, we’re probably hampering our own spiritual growth.

So how do you “go deep” and get beneath the surface of Scripture? The bookstores and websites you visit have such a wide selection of Bible reference tools, the sheer number and variety can be overwhelming — especially when you’re unsure which ones you really need.


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Get Your Beard On: An eBook Sale of Bearded Christian Authors

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Yes, you read that right: A sale of spectacular reads by your favorite bearded Christian authors!

We’re calling it the Get Your Beard On eBook Sale.

How God Became Jesus eBookIt includes such informative titles as:

Tim Challies’s The Next Story Dan Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones’ PROOF Justin Holcomb’s KNOW the Creeds and Councils and KNOW the Heretics Roger Olson’s Against Calvinism Christology: Ancient & Modern,  edited by Fred Sanders and Oliver Crisp Con Campbell’s Outreach and the Artist Larry Osborne’s Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret and plenty more to satisfy the interested theology, biblical studies, and ministry reader.

And for the very first time, How God Became Jesus is on sale — for just $4.99!

Act fast, though. Like most of these beards, the sale won’t last forever!…

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