Miles Van Pelt on Learning Biblical Hebrew Online

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We recently sat down with Miles Van Pelt to discuss learning biblical Hebrew online.

Here is what he said:

One of the things that is difficult about studying the Old Testament is it represents a culture that is far away in terms of its time and in terms of its practices.

77.3% of our Bible appears in Hebrew. So if we want to know what the Bible says, and if we want to know how to accurately communicate what the Bible says, then we will learn the language in which the vast majority of the Bible was written.

Hebrew has this way of connecting us back to that culture, connecting us back to their idiom, connecting us back to their way of thinking.

One of the great things about our day and age is that if you are in…

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10 New Online Courses Announced

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Whatever you want to learn—and however you desire to grow—we want to make sure there’s an online course for you.

That’s why, in addition to the online courses already available, we’re releasing ten new courses in the next few months:

Ancient Languages Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, taught by Daniel Wallace Reading Biblical Greek, taught by Constantine R. Campbell Basics of Classical Syriac, taught by Steven C. Hallam Biblical Studies Galatians, taught by Thomas R. Schreiner The Message of the Prophets, taught by J. Daniel Hays The Torah Story, taught by Gary Schnittjer Thinking Through Paul, taught by Todd Still and Bruce W. Longenecker Church History Church History 2: From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day, taught by Frank A. James, III and John…

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Bill Mounce on Learning Biblical Greek Online

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We recently sat down with Bill Mounce to discuss learning biblical Greek online. Here’s what he said:

Part of being successful in any task is starting the task with the end in mind.

So it is a really good question to ask, “What will you be able to do when you are done with this class?”

Like most first year language classes, what we are doing is giving you building blocks.

What you will have are all the building blocks necessary to get into exegesis, to get into the sermon preparation, to really be able to study the New Testament. Building blocks—that is what this class is about.

How to study the original languages

The best way to begin your study of the biblical languages is by signing up for the Biblical Languages Certificate Program.

In this program,…

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Pleased to Meet You, Sarah Withrow King – An Interview with the Author of Vegangelical

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In today’s edition of Pleased to Meet You, we introduce Sarah Withrow King, author of our recent book Vegangelical. She is deputy director of the Sider Center of Eastern University, and codirector of CreatureKind, which helps engage churches in new ways of thinking about animals and Christian faith. She is also an associate fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and a covenant member of Circle of Hope. She does like cats but is more of a dog person.

Recently, we spent some time to get to know Sarah.

Sarah and DaisyTell us about yourself. What’s your story?

I get paid by the number of letters in my title, so I’m the Interim Director of the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy at Eastern University, and the co-director of…

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Søren and Copenhagen: A Complicated Relationship – An Excerpt from Kierkegaard

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In today’s excerpt from Kierkegaard: A Single Life, Stephen Backhouse introduces us to the fascinating and complicated relationship between the infamous philosopher and the people of Copenhagen, his home city.



Copenhagen itself became crucial to his writing process. Lengthy walks around Copenhagen were part of the authorial process, because it was on the city streets that Søren “put everything into its final form.” Søren “wrote” while walking. The hiking stage was only the first part of his process. The second stage occurred when he got home, where he would be observed by his servant, Anders Westergaard, standing at his desk, hat still on head and umbrella tucked under arm, furiously scribbling down with his hands the words he had already written by foot. Yet Copenhagen was no mere inert backdrop. The…

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What Language Did Jesus Speak?

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Have you ever wondered what language Jesus spoke?

Let’s take a closer look.

What Languages Were Spoken in First-century Palestine?

Before we can identify which languages Jesus spoke, we need to know what languages were spoken in first-century Palestine.

Here are the three languages:

Aramaic had been widely spoken since the Babylonian exile. Since the invasion of Alexander the Great, Greek had been spoken in many communities. The Hebrew Bible—the Scriptures of Jesus’s day—was written and studied in Hebrew (as the name implies).

Each language had its own function. Some were used only for writing, while others were used for speaking in ordinary conversation. If you were conducting business transactions or international trade, you would likely use still other languages.

What about Jesus?

To discover the language Jesus spoke, we need…

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Announcing the new Biblical Languages Certificate Program

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Imagine opening a copy of the Greek New Testament or the Hebrew Bible and being able to understand what it says in the original languages. When you complete the new Biblical Languages Certificate Program, you’ll be able to do exactly that.

The Biblical Languages Certificate Program will deepen your understanding of God’s word for preaching, teaching, and personal study. You’ll gain foundational knowledge for reading and understanding the Bible in the languages it was originally written in, and you’ll be well-positioned for advanced language study.

By signing up for the Biblical Languages Certificate Program, you’ll learn the basics of Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic—everything you need to begin working with the text of the Bible in the original languages.

Whether you prepare sermons, lead Bible studies, or teach the Bible in a…

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Software Super Sale! 60% Off 6 Reference Works

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Shop today and save 60% on software editions of 6 popular reference works:

Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words by William D. Mounce. Ideal for readers with limited or no knowledge of Greek or Hebrew who want greater insight into the meanings of biblical words to enhance Bible study. NIV Application Commentary: New Testament (20 Vols.) Understand how to apply the Bible’s ancient message today with these commentaries by Doug Moo, Scot McKnight, Craig Blomberg and many others. New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (5 Vols.) by Willem A. VanGemeren. The classic tool for serious Old Testament and exegetical study. New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (5 Vols.) by Moisés Silva. The standard on New Testament study for 40 years, now…

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Comparing Sharia and The Gospel – An Excerpt from No God but One: Allah or Jesus?

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In today’s excerpt from No God but One: Allah or Jesus?, Nabeel Qureshi compares the Islamic worldview and the Christian worldview, helpfully explaining how both approach what is wrong with humankind and their given solution.

ngb1THE ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW The word Islam means “submission,” and the plain message of Islam is exactly that: Humans should all submit to the sovereign will of God. Allah, having predestined the universe, made mankind with the express purpose of worshiping him (Quran 51.56). To guide humanity, Allah sent prophets to all people to lead them out of ignorance (Quran 4.163–165).

It is important to note here that the concept of prophet in Islam does not mean the same thing that it does in the Bible. Prophets in Islam have a higher status than all other people, being…

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What are the differences between Islam and Christianity? An Excerpt from No God but One: Allah or Jesus?

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In No God but One: Allah or Jesus? Nabeel Qureshi provides a thorough and careful comparison of the evidence for Islam and Christianity—evidence that wrenched his heart and transformed his life. In today’s excerpt, Nabeel tells of his conversion and introduces us to the differences between the world’s two largest religions.

Right now you can get free bonus content when you pre-order Nabeel’s book


ngb1In August 2005, I came to the most painful realization of my life: I no longer believed Islam. I had no recourse left and could no longer delay the eventuality I had been fighting for years. As a child, I was raised to love Islam. I enjoyed memorizing chapters of the Quran and reciting them in my daily prayers. I looked forward to fasting…

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What’s so good about being good? – An Excerpt from Introducing Christian Ethics

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Introducing Christian Ethics: A Short Guide to Making Moral Choices is based on the best-selling college and seminary ethics textbook Moral Choices and distills nearly two decades of teaching and study into a succinct and user-friendly volume. In today’s excerpt, author Scott Rae explores moral being, the good life, and what it means to be human.


9780310521181_imageImagine that you live in a world where you can do anything you want, and no matter what you do, you will never get caught. Nor will you ever have to worry about any consequences for these actions. For example, you can rob a bank, cheat in school, take revenge on whomever you want to, commit violent crimes, lie whenever you want, go back on your word whenever convenient, or sleep with whomever you choose. Would you…

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Why learn Aramaic?

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We recently looked at why you should learn Ugaritic. Today, we’re going to take a look at why you should learn Aramaic.

Who spoke Aramaic?

The short answer: just about everyone in the ancient world.

Aramaic was the lingua franca in the Ancient Near East for more than two thousand years. It was first spoken by the Arameans around 1,200 B.C. Then, when the Assyrians conquered the Arameans and brought them into captivity, they brought their language with them. From that point on, Aramaic replaced Akkadian as the language of commerce and government in Assyria and beyond.

After the collapse of the Assyrian empire, the Babylonians and Persians inherited the language. With each successive empire, Aramaic was exported throughout conquered territories and people groups.

As the…

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