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

ZA Blog on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,.

lancaster-bible-college-capital-seminary-and-graduate-school

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…

Read more

How to Read the Old Testament Prophets

ZA Blog on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,.

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…

Read more

What Do the Prophets Say about the End Times?

ZA Blog on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,.

what-do-the-prophets-say-about-end-times

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…

Read more

Old Testament Prophecy is Not About the Future (Mostly)

ZA Blog on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,.

old-testament-prophets

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…

Read more

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

ZA Blog on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,.

torah-story-online-course

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…

Read more

Tremper Longman, III on Studying Genesis

ZA Blog on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,.

tremper-longman-iii (2)

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…

Read more

Why Are Jesus’ Genealogies in Matthew and Luke Different?

ZA Blog on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

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…

Read more

New! 5 Online Courses Open for Enrollment Starting Today

ZA Blog on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,,,.

5-new-online-courses-small

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

Read more

How should Christians think about politics?

ZA Blog on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

Abraham Kuyper church and state

Today’s post is adapted from Irving Hexham’s “Christian Faith and Practice in Christian Politics,” found in unit 13 of his new Understanding World Religions online course, available later this month. Sign up to be notified when the course will be available.

Anyone wishing to understand modern Christianity in North America needs to begin by recognizing that since the 1980s evangelical Christians have undergone a remarkable political transformation.

Until about 1970 the majority of evangelicals were convinced that religion and politics did not mix and should not be mixed. Today, however, many believe that Christianity and politics cannot be separated.

What is surprising about this development is that some leaders on both left and right trace their political thought to the work of the Dutch theologian…

Read more

Reaching Muslims: The Case for the Gospel

ZA Blog on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

Today’s post is from Nabeel Qureshi, whose new Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus online course is now available. For a limited time, get free access to a portion of the course, The Case for the Gospel.

I was raised a Muslim, and it was through a friendship that I was able to see that perhaps Christianity was true.

A friend of mine over the course of three and a half years made the case for Christianity for me. He told me that it wasn’t a religion of polytheism and falsehood, but actually a religion of hope and faith, and in fact, a relationship with our Father, God himself.

In the course of doing that, he also showed me that perhaps Islam wasn’t what I had always thought it was.

Relationships and Apologetics

So it was through relationships and…

Read more

Who was Paul? His early life, and why it matters

ZA Blog on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,.

who-was-paul

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…

Read more