Who Killed Jesus? The Historical Context of Jesus’ Crucifixion

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Much of the scholarly discussion about the circumstances of Jesus’ death relates to the question of who was responsible for his arrest and crucifixion.

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Who was responsible? The Jews or the Romans?

Historically, the primary responsibility has been placed on the Jewish leadership and the Jews in Jerusalem. Throughout the centuries, this has sometimes had tragic consequences, resulting in anti-Semitism and violence against Jews.

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Why People are Reluctant to Talk about Their Christian Convictions

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We recently sat down with Greg Koukl to talk about what prevents people from articulating their faith to non-believers. Take a look at what he said:

The best way to start

In the Tactics online course, Gregory Koukl offers practical strategies to help you stay in the driver’s seat as you maneuver comfortably and graciously in any conversation about your Christian convictions.

In fact, we think this is so important that we’re giving away free access to the first lesson.

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Tremper Longman III Reflects on the Challenges of Studying Genesis

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We recently sat down with Tremper Longman III to discuss why the book of Genesis is so challenging to read and understand. His new Genesis online course is now available.

Genesis, like the rest of the Old Testament is a difficult book for us as twenty-first Christians to understand.

After all, we’re distant from this book in many ways. For one thing, it’s an ancient book. This is a book that was written three thousand five hundred years ago and has many strange and ancient customs.

The book of Genesis is also distant from us in terms of culture. It was written in an Ancient Near Eastern culture,…

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Zondervan Academic Online Courses to Offer Academic Credit from Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School

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We’re thrilled to announce a new relationship with Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School that lets you get academic credit when you take a course online from Zondervan Academic.

This is a great option to receive academic credit while working through an online course on your own—whether you’ve already begun a course, or you’re thinking about doing so.

With Zondervan Academic Online Courses, you can now earn up to 12 credits of advanced standing toward the following certificates/degrees at LBC | Capital:

a certificate an undergraduate degree an M.A. an M.Div.

You can also transfer LBC | Capital credit toward another accepting institution of your choice.

How it works

To get 12 credits of advanced standing:

Complete a defined track of 10 online courses from Zondervan…

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How to Read the Old Testament Prophets

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J. Daniel Hays recently sat down with us to talk about why the prophets are difficult to interpret, about Jesus’ use of the prophets, and about the prophets’ importance for understanding the whole Bible. His Message of the Prophets online course is now available for everyone. Learn more >

When people first read them, they think, wow, I just don’t have any idea what exactly what these guys are talking about.

The prophets are using poetry and figures of speech. They have this scathing critique and criticism against the kings and the people of their day.

The other critical thing about the prophets that makes them difficult is they are very much embedded in a specific historical timeframe, and the geo-political events around them are influencing what they’re saying and what’s taking place. It’s important to place…

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What Do the Prophets Say about the End Times?

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This post is adapted from The Message of the Prophets, a new online course taught by J. Daniel Hays. For a limited-time, save $20 on your sign-up price. Learn more.

When most people think of prophets, they think about prediction of events that will happen in the future.

But did you know? Only a fraction of prophetic literature actually concerns the future—as little as 8 percent, according to Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart.

However, that small fraction of predictive prophecy presents us with some of the Bible’s greatest interpretive challenges.

The main interpretive challenges for us regarding the predictive aspects of the Old Testament prophets can be grouped around six central issues:

the land the near view/far view phenomenon conditional prophecy…

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Old Testament Prophecy is Not About the Future (Mostly)

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This post is adapted from The Message of the Prophets online course, taught by J. Daniel Hays.

When many people think about prophecy, they think about predictions about the future. For modern Christians, this usually means predictions about how the world will end.

But this wasn’t what the prophets in the Old Testament thought—or how they were heard.

Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart write:

“Less than 2 percent of Old Testament prophecy is messianic. Less than 5 percent specifically describes the new-covenant age. Less than 1 percent concerns events yet to come in our time.” 1

So if the prophets aren’t talking about the future, what are they talking about?

Most of the material in the prophetic books relates to the indictment of Israel and Judah for breaking the Mosaic…

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“When They Approach the Old Testament, They Think It’s Boring”

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We recently sat down with Gary Schnittjer to talk about why the Pentateuch is often read less frequently than other parts of the Bible, as well as some ways to encourage and deepen your study of the Pentateuch. Take a look:

One of the problems Christians have when they approach the Old Testament is they think it’s boring.

I think especially a book like Leviticus or Numbers or Deuteronomy—they’re not often read and studied carefully by Christians. They seem irrelevant and get sort of stirred up together. People say, “Well luckily Jesus…

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Tremper Longman, III on Studying Genesis

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We recently sat down with Tremper Longman to discuss some of the challenges in studying the book of Genesis. Take a look at what he had to say:

Genesis, like the rest of the Old Testament is a difficult book for us as twenty-first Christians to understand. After all, we’re distant from this book in many ways.

For one thing, it’s an ancient book. This is a book that was written three thousand five hundred years ago and has many strange and ancient customs.

The book of Genesis is also distant from us in terms of culture. It was…

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Why Are Jesus’ Genealogies in Matthew and Luke Different?

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Why are Jesus' genealogies in Matthew and Luke different?

The birth narratives in both Matthew and Luke help answer the question, “Who is Jesus and where did he come from?” One of the ways each book does this is by recounting Jesus’ genealogy.

The problem is: the genealogies are different.

The Old Testament predicted that the Messiah would come from the line of David. Both Matthew and Luke provide genealogies of Jesus that confirm he was a descendent of David—therefore, a legitimate Messiah. He was a legitimate claimant to the throne of Israel.

But they differ in an important way: Matthew follows the line of David’s son Solomon, while Luke follows the line of Nathan, another Son of David. The end result is two distinct genealogies.

How do we account for this?

Some argue that either Matthew or Luke got it wrong. They created or borrowed a genealogy in…

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New! 5 Online Courses Open for Enrollment Starting Today

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Today we’re announcing five new online courses, covering a variety of subjects, and taught by first-rate scholars.

Whether you want to learn more about the life of Paul for a Bible study, improve your preaching, or understand the most difficult moral dilemmas of our time, these course are the perfect place to start.

To celebrate, all new courses are $20 off! Take advantage of this introductory pricing to jump-start your learning.

Thinking Through Paul: A Survey of His Life, Letters, and Theology

Thinking Through Paul: A Survey of His Life, Letters, and Theology

taught by Todd Still and Bruce W. Longenecker

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