$4.99 eBook Sale: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, NEW TESTAMENT and OLD TESTAMENT

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Announcement: All volumes of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary New Testament have been released in eBook format! (Joining the complete Old Testament set also in eBook format.)

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For this week only we are offering each eBook (Old Testament & New Testament) in the series for just $4.99.

That means you save up to 66% on these commentaries!

Each New Testament commentary…

is based on relevant papyri, inscriptions, archaeological discoveries, and studies of Judaism, Roman culture, Hellenism, and other features of the world of the New Testament. has hundreds of photographs, illustrations, and line drawings. includes copious maps, charts, and timelines along with sidebar articles and insights. offers “reflections” on the Bible’s relevance for 21st-century living. is written by…

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Special Access and Endurance – An Excerpt From Romans (The Story of God Bible Commentary Series)

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But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8)

Approaching Holy Week brings our thoughts to the implications of Christ’s work on the cross. In his new commentary on Romans (The Story of God Bible Commentary Series) Michael Bird leads through the text of Romans 5 with humor and depth of insight into the great gift we are given and the hope that results.

Reflect on this excerpt of the commentary from Romans 5:1-11:

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The summative nature of Paul’s language easily lends itself to application in both the ancient Roman churches and in the contemporary ones, especially in relation to the real meaning of our salvation and how it proves to be transformative for our own character…

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What Happened Between the Old and New Testaments? 4 Things You Need to Know to Read the New Testament Well

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Have you ever wondered what happened between the Old and New Testaments?

If you’ve ever flipped from the last page of the Old Testament to the first page of the new—you’ve just skipped over 400 years of history with that single page turn.

What exactly happened during these 400 years? Who was in control? What people groups shaped the experience of the earliest Christians?

In those four hundred years, the Pharisees and Sadducees, synagogues, Roman governors, and the family of Herod emerged onto the scene. None were present in the Old Testament. Where did they come from?

And countless events not mentioned in the New Testament had a profound impact on the world of Jesus, such as the Maccabean revolt, the rise…

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There’s Still Time to Take a New Online Class from Bill Mounce

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Here’s a unique opportunity to learn second-year Greek with Bill Mounce. Act fast, because his online courses start January 11, 2016! -Zondervan Academic Blog Editors

 

Reading Biblical Greek

You’ve taken your first year of Greek, so where do you turn next? The commentaries are still too hard to understand, Greek grammars are intimidating, and you really want to be able to sit down and just read the Greek Testament. And it would be nice to get seminary credit.

Now is the time to move to the next level!

Bill Mounce, author of the best-selling Basics of Biblical Greek, is teaching second year Greek online starting January 11, 2016, using his textbook, A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek.

The one-semester class will…

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The Vanilla δέ (Matt 28:16) – Mondays with Mounce 266

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The final sequence of events in Matthew 28 raises an interesting question about the δέ in v 16.

The angel told Mary and Mary to tell the disciples that they should go to Galilee to see the risen Jesus 9 (v 7), a command repeated by Jesus in v 10.

“While they were on their way” (Πορευομένων), Matthew tells us about the priests’ bribing the soldiers.

V 16 concludes, “So (δέ) the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.” The question is, how do you translate the δέ?

1. If Matthew is making the point that the disciples obeyed the angel and Jesus, δέ can be translated as “so” (NET).

2. If δέ is a continuation of the temporal participle πορευομένων, it can be translated “then” (NIV, NLT, KJV).

3. If the…

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Extracurricular Activities 2.7.15 — The Trinity, NT Papyrus, and the Crusades

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The Baptism of Christ

Michael Bird Asks, “Is the Trinity Biblical?”

In the most recent issues of JETS is a review by Jeffrey A. Stivason of my Evangelical Theology. Its quite a fair review, with a bit of push back, and some nice points of affirmation as well.  Stivason claims that because I am reluctant – unlike B.B. Warfield – to find an explicit Trinitarian affirmation in the NT, that I thereby “weaken rather than strengthen this fundamental doctrine among evangelicals” and contribute to a belief that the Trinity is “the most abstract and impractical of all Christian doctrines.”

Let me say that I believe that the Trinity is “biblical”…

New Testament Papyrus Discovered in University of Birmingham Library

A papyrus witness to the Greek New Testament has been discovered in the Cadbury Research Library of the University of Birmingham.

Following an initial visit last year,…

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Dan Wallace’s Dispatches from Romania 2: “Oh, the Bible? I’ve Seen the Movie”

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On their latest expedition, Dan Wallace and his team from the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts discovered ten NT manuscripts in Greece and Romania. Dr. Wallace's second dispatch shows how travel through foreign cultures can reflect insight into our own.

After driving for over eight
hours from Bucharest to the northeastern region of Romania known as Moldova, we
came to the second largest city in the country—Iasi (pronounced “Yawsh”). I
have written about the road less traveled in another report, and will not go
into much detail here. Suffice it to say that we traveled an average of 31 mph,
yet in a few spots we were going over 85 mph. Very few spots.

We had booked a room at the
Hotel Unirea in the heart of the city. It was a three-star hotel which, in
Europe, normally means one or even two stars lower than in the States. We were
bracing ourselves.

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Get Half Off “A Reader’s Hebrew & Greek Bible” + Last Week in Review

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50% Off A Reader's Hebrew & Greek Bible - good through 7/26We were excited to see hundreds of you share your favorite biblical word in our giveaway of A Reader's Hebrew & Greek Bible! Since we only had a handful of books to give away, we wanted to offer you this deal. 

HOW TO GET 50% OFF  1) Use Source Code 750178 at checkout 2) Offer good through 7/26

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Koinonia Highlights 7-12 to 7-16 Learn More about Introducing the New Testament• In response to…

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Giveaway: A Shorter Introduction to the New Testament

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We’re giving away 5 copies of Introducing the New Testament: A Short Guide to Its History and Message. This new abridgement of the classic textbook by D.A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo is perfect for personal study, Bible studies, and small groups. (Learn more below)

HOW TO ENTER Leave a comment telling us one NT book you’d like to learn more about. We’ll announce random winners this Friday.

How is this new abridgement different from the textbook? This abridgement still contains great scholarship, but you won’t feel like you’re reading a textbook. This is a resource…

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Now Available for Accordance: NIV Application Commentary—Complete NT

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The NIV Application Commentary Series: Complete New Testament just became available for immediate download. The set is only $317 (down from the retail price of $532).

As “Application Commentaries” these are especially helpful for pastors and seminary students, providing you with tools, ideas, and insights that will help you communicate God’s Word with power. Learn more about the series below. 

Have you used an NIV Application Commentary? Leave a comment, we’d love to hear your feedback.

Complete New Testament Set (20 volumes) Price: $317 (down from $532 retail)

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Andreas Kostenberger: On Writing a New Theology Text

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Kostenbergera In many ways, writing The Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters was the most exciting project I have ever undertaken. I love John’s Gospel, and have written several books on it, but it is in The Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters that a decade and a half of working on John’s Gospel culminate. Writing a commentary is comparably easy, because you just follow the Gospel and comment on it word by word, phrase by phrase, or unit by unit. By comparison, writing the Johannine theology was a lot harder, especially because I could not find any comparable work after which to pattern my own presentation. I think it took me two years of wrestling with John’s theology just to come up with a suitable outline for the book, especially on how to structure the discussion of John’s major themes.

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Peter Walker – In the Steps of Paul

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The Centre for Public Christianity interviewed Peter Walker about his book In the Steps of Paul: An Illustrated Guide to the Apostle's Life and Journeys.

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In the footsteps of St Paul from CPX on Vimeo.

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Why does this book cover look different from the one featured in the video?

The cover shown here is of the U.S. edition, published by Zondervan. The cover in the video is of U.K. edition published by Lion Hudson.

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