The 3 Actors of Ephesians—And Why They Matter to the Story of God
“The story of God in Ephesians will change your life if you let it,” exclaims Mark D. Roberts in his new Ephesians commentary. “It will open your eyes to seeing God, your life, the church, and indeed the entire universe in a whole new way” (1)
That’s because this story isn’t only about God. Yes, he’s the primary actor. But there are two other actors that play a commanding role: “me” and “us.”
Like all commentaries in The Story of God Bible Commentary series, Roberts draws the reader into God’s Story by illuminating and explaining each passage of Scripture in light of its grand narrative—helping us live this letter in our own contexts. He begins his endeavor with a goodly introduction orienting us to this letter, particularly the actors within it.
eBook Flash Sale: How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
Academic eBooks at Low Prices! Theology, Philosophy, Sex and Gender, and More
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…
12 Must-See Books on Biblical Studies (ETS, AAR, SBL Checklist Part 2)
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
Find out why…
eBook Sale: NIV Application Commentaries Just $4.99
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
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
This series promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible’s timeless…
Statement from Zondervan Academic
November 4, 2016
In the summer of 2016 Zondervan Academic became aware of emerging concerns that one of its authors, Dr. Peter T. O’Brien, may not have followed commonly accepted standards for the use and documentation of secondary resources in Bible commentaries he had written. Consequently, we began a careful review of Dr. O’Brien’s commentary on Colossians and Philemon, volume 44 in the Word Biblical Commentary (WBC).
It is with sadness and regret that we have concluded this volume does not follow commonly accepted standards for the use and documentation of secondary resources. Dr. O’Brien is revered by his colleagues in the academy and by his former students. His commentaries, including volume 44 in the WBC, have been used with great benefit by the thousands who have purchased them. While we have no reason to believe that Dr. O’Brien intentionally…
Paul’s Letters — A Commentary eBook Sale
For a short time, save up to 80% when you buy eBook editions of commentaries on Paul’s letters.
This new commentary sale features 24 eBooks on the Pauline epistles. These works will help you enhance your teaching and preaching and strengthen your personal devotions.
This is the largest eBook sale on Paul’s letters we’ve ever hosted. You’ll find deals from several series:
NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC) – Understand the Bible’s ancient message and see how it speaks powerfully today. This series features classic works by Doug Moo, Scot McKnight, Craig Blomberg, and many others. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (ZECNT) – This newer series is designed especially for the pastor and Bible teacher, or students with some knowledge of biblical Greek. The aim is not to review and offer a critique of every possible…
Who was Paul? His early life, and why it matters
When you think of Paul, what comes to mind?
For as much as Paul wrote, and as influential as he was, there is still much we don’t know about Paul.
Paul describes his own life in Philippians 3:5–6, where he lists seven things ascribed to him or achieved by him:
He states that he was “circumcised on the eighth day.” He calls himself “of the people of Israel.” He says he is “of the tribe of Benjamin.” He tells his readers that he is “a Hebrew of Hebrews.” When he thinks of his life relative to the law, he calls himself “a Pharisee.” When he speaks of his zeal, he talks of “persecuting the church.” Lastly, he says that with respect to the…
eBook SALE! Gospel Commentaries, Plus a New Collection on Matthew
For a short time, save up to 80% when you buy eBook editions of gospel commentaries.
This new commentary sale features 17 eBooks on Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These titles will help you improve your research, enhance your teaching and preaching, and strengthen your personal devotions.
There’s a new title in this sale: The Matthew Commentary Collection. Gathering 3 commentaries on Matthew in 1 volume, this collection is an experiment in crafting new tools for commentary readers. If it’s popular with students of Matthew, we may create Commentary Collections for other books of the Bible.
This is the biggest gospel eBooks sale we’ve ever hosted, so you’ll find volumes from several series. Here’s a quick summary of the…
Whose Wrath? (Romans 5:9) — Mondays with Mounce 293
No matter how word-for-word a translation tries to be, there will always be some confusing sentence that requires interpretation. Sometimes, the more word-for-word translations just leave it confusing, but other times even the NASB and ESV (for example) feel the need to interpret.
Rom 5:9 says, “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him” (NASB). The italics show that “of God” is not in the Greek, which reads, σωθησόμεθα δι᾿ αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ τῆς ὀργῆς.
The ESV simply says “the wrath of God” and footnotes 1 Thess 1:10 and 2:16, referencing also Romans 1:18. Cranfield adds the reference to 1 Thess 5:9.
HCSB and KJV simply say, “from wrath.” Others say “God’s wrath” (NIV, NRSV), and the NET adds the footnote, “Grk, “the wrath,” referring to God’s wrath…
Did the Early Church Practice Infant Baptism or Full Immersion?
It’s not hard to determine how the early church celebrated baptism.
You can find several accounts in writings from the early church, including Tertullian’s On Baptism and Hippolytus’ Apostolic Tradition. The Didache also helps us understand how baptism functioned in the life of the church.
Let’s take a look.
How baptisms were performed
Here’s how the process worked:
If someone wanted to be baptized, they first underwent a period of instruction and moral examination. Because baptisms usually took place on Easter Sunday, this period of instruction happened during Lent.
On the Thursday before Easter, the person being baptized began a period of fasting, praying, confessing sin, and attending Scripture readings and instructions. Exorcisms were also performed, in order to banish demons from the person.
Then, early on Sunday morning—the day of…
How Should Christians Relate to Governing Authorities? Michael Bird Clarifies
“Origen, who knew Roman brutality all to well, said: ‘I am disturbed by Paul’s saying that the authority of this age and the judgment of the world are ministers of God.’” (Michael Bird, The Story of God Bible Commentary: Romans, 442)
Michael Bird brings clarity in his new Romans commentary (The Story of God Bible Commentary series). He helps us hear and explore the text in it’s original Roman context, while also applying it to our current global one.
Below we explore four…