What Can South Asia Teach the West About the Holy Spirit?

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South Asia Bible CommentaryThere has been a fascinating movement afoot within the Church since at least a decade ago: brothers and sisters in Christ from Africa, South America, and Asia have been teaching us Westerners a thing or two about Christian orthodoxy and orthopraxy.

A prime example is the new South Asia Bible Commentary, a resource by South Asian scholars for South Asian readers.

Originally the brainchild of fourteen Langham scholars from India and Christopher Wright, SABC is focused on “building a bridge between biblical teaching and life in modern South Asia.”

I submit it’s also a resource for us Westerners, as it provides a non-Western lens through which to view the Bible and Christian theology. Given increasing global (particularly Eastern) influences in the West and the global nature of the Church…

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Against Social Norms – An Excerpt from Ruth (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament)

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In a male-dominated culture, as a foreigner among the people of God, living in one of the darkest periods in history, Ruth’s story stands out. Crossing social boundaries, she meticulously followed her mother-in-law’s plan.

Daniel L. Block explores the story of Ruth’s proposal in his recently released Ruth (Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament). Join Block as he unpacks the meaning behind a story so often confusing.


Main Idea of the Passage

Transpiring at the threshing floor, this scene highlights Ruth’s scrupulous implementation of Naomi’s plan and Boaz’ response, which included a blessing for Ruth, but also alerted her to a complication jeopardizing not only their desire to marry, but also ultimately his place in Israel’s royal line. However, declaring on oath his determination to serve as גּאֵֹל for the clan of Elimelech should the opportunity come to him,…

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Hebrew and You with Lee M. Fields — Standing with the Lord (Ps 24:4)

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Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 9.54.49 PM Psalm 24 is a hymn to the Lord that praises him as owner of all creation because he is the creator and sustainer (vv. 1–2). The next stanza describes the person who has fellowship with the Lord (vv. 3–6). The final stanza is a praise to the Lord (vv. 7–10).

The middle stanza begins with the question of who can stand in the presence of this awesome creator Lord. Verse 4 answers that question with four…

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3 Profound Theological and Ideological Messages of Ruth

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When I was a pastor and I preached from the New Testament, my first go-to commentary was the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series. Its careful, exhaustive approach to the text gave my exegetical exploits sure footing.

Now we have the Old Testament equivalent, and Daniel Block’s commentary on Ruth is headlining the launch.

ZECOT provides pastors and teachers with a careful analysis and interpretation of the Hebrew text through several distinctive features: it offers a fresh, author-inspired translation; displays a structural “thought flow;” identifies and discusses the main idea; reveals its literary context; draws out the meaning of the Hebrew for interpretation; and outlines the theological and canonical significance.

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NIV Application Commentary Software Is Just $7.99 For a Short Time

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NIVAC Commentaries on Sale

Good news! Each NIV Application Commentary software edition is just $7.99 for a short time!

NIVACs are indispensable tools for understanding and teaching God’s Word.

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Learn from word-class scholars with NIVAC commentaries:

John H. Walton on Genesis and Job Scot McKnight on Galatians and 1 Peter Tremper Longman III on…

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Devotional Advice for Gaining Wisdom & Living Purposefully in 2016

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devotions on the hebrew bibleThis time of year there is no shortage of advice for making 2016 your best year yet. May I make a suggestion for yet another source—and an unusual one at that?

The Hebrew language.

Yes, you read that right. Not the Hebrew Scriptures, though ultimately that’s where the advice is found. The Hebrew language. A brilliant new devotional book offers advice for living using insights from biblical Hebrew. It’s called Devotions on the Hebrew Bible, by Milton Eng’s and Lee Fields’s book.

Their book demonstrates “that a knowledge of the original languages can and should be a spiritually rewarding exercise.” (13) Each of the 54 devotionals is designed to bring out some grammatical or lexical insight from the original Hebrew…

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Discover An Unexpected Spiritually Rewarding Practice for the New Year

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devotions on the hebrew bibleFor the past year I have had the privilege of serving as a theological and exegetical reviewer for a new Bible translation. Interacting with the original biblical languages in greater measure has been a surprisingly rich, deeply devotional endeavor.

I shouldn’t have been surprised, however, because knowing and studying the original languages can and should be a spiritually rewarding exercise. That’s the premise of a new devotional resource built on the scaffolding of biblical Hebrew.

With Devotions on the Hebrew Bible Milton Eng and Lee Fields have gifted the church a remarkable resource. Not only is it meant to encourage continued Hebrew language engagement, it’s also meant to nurture our devotional life and faith. Each of the 54 devotions “are designed to bring out…

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Top 12 Biblical-Theological Posts in 2015

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The end of the year provides us two opportunities: to remember the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to reflect upon what we’ve learned this year.

Here are 12 of this blog’s most read and talked-about posts from 2015.

These posts represent a cross-section of cutting-edge research and deep reflection on the Person and theology of the Christian faith. They also showcase a number of existing and emerging voices breathing new life into biblical and theological studies. We trust this review of the top biblical-theological articles in 2015 will inform, encourage, and enliven your faith and studies in the coming year.

#1) Did Jesus Lie? (John 7:8) – Mondays with Mounce 275

Jesus told his brothers he wasn’t going to Jerusalem for the festival…then he…

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Now Available: Zondervan Academic Online Courses

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In the past, going to school usually required a major life change—quitting your job, moving across the country, uprooting your family, and sometimes even significant financial difficulty.

The decision to undertake theological and biblical education at a college or seminary is an important calling. Many are still called to make it.

But the reality is, for many, the difficulty of going back to school has put quality theological education out of reach.

Technology is helping to change that by making quality education more accessible and more affordable than ever before.

As schools have moved some courses online, they have urged us to provide quality resources for them. Out of these conversations, we have begun to develop online courses.

But the courses we are developing are not just for schools. They are for everyone.

With the launch of Zondervan Academic…

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2 Reasons Why We Need a New Conversation About Homosexuality

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9780310519652Has Christ’s Church handled the question of homosexuality with Christlike love? Are we sure we’ve understood what Scripture really says about same-sex relations?

Preston Sprinkle weaves together these two questions in a new book, appropriately titled People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue. With rhetorical deftness, pastoral sensitivity, and theological depth, he offers Christians from across the spectrum an honest, engaging, surprising look at the Zeitgeist’s most important existential topic.

“Studying the issue of homosexuality is not enough,” writes Sprinkle. “We need to listen to gay and lesbian people…Homosexuality is about people. At the same time I want to be ruthlessly biblical about how we formulate our thoughts about homosexuality.” (19, 21)

Defying simple, thin answers to complex, thick questions,…

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Top 10 Biblical Studies Books Your SBL, ETS Book Bag Will Crave

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Yes, the marathons of presentations, plenary sessions, lectures, meetings, and receptions known as AAR/SBL and ETS are upon us. But don’t fret. We’re here to help make your time as enjoyably and productive as possible by charting a course for your book-buying adventure. After all, that is the main attraction, isn’t it?

Below are the top biblical studies resources your book bag will crave this season, and for which your carry-on will probably resent you. They represent the latest, cutting edge research and scholarship in Greek and Hebrew, books of the Bible, and biblical theology—including the celebrated landmark NIV Zondervan Study Bible.

Do yourself—and your trusty book bag friend—a favor: print this list, take it with you, and stock up to your heart’s content!

Ruth (ZECOT)

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eBook Sale: NIV Application Commentaries Just $4.99

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Discover the Bible through this commentary series that helps with both halves of the interpretive task – bringing an ancient message into a modern context – explaining not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today.

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