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- Introduction to 1 and 2 Corinthians: Theodor Zahn has given us introductions to both of Paul's letters to the Corinthians that are absolutely fascinating.
It is really surprising how much help a scholarly introduction can be when studying a book of the Bible, and especially so is it true with the epistles to the Corinthians where numerous subjects are addressed and a difficult chronology needs to be followed. Zahn lets us see beforehand how all the topics addressed fit together. Check out our Introduction to the Epistles of Paul page. (June 12, 2014)
- The Psalms: David wrote, "For in death there is no remembrance of You; in the grave who will give You thanks?" (Ps. 6:5). Didn't David believe in an afterlife? See our new page, Studies in the Psalms. (June 7, 2014)
- Another Book Review! Here is a very helpful commentary on 1 and 2 Peter by John Lillie that I am sure you will like. (June 7, 2014)
- A Christian Hymn? Read The Truth About "Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee". (June 3, 2014)
- New Quiz: The Old Testament contains a number of literary types: parables, riddles, fables, poems, visions, etc. In what chapter would you find Sampson's riddle? Try your hand at this chapter-matching quiz--it's a challenge! And be sure to read the chapters to become more familiar with these fascinating passages. (June 3, 2014)
- "Private Interpretation": "No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation" (2 Pet. 1:20, 21). Ever wonder what this means? Actually, there are at least three views. John Lillie gives one of the best studies of this text that we have seen. Read his lecture on this text in his book, Lectures on the First and Second Epistles of Peter (1869). (May 31, 2014)
- "II Isaiah"? Did Isaiah write all 66 chapters of the Old Testament book that goes by his name or just chapters 1-39? Don't think that this is just an academic issue. Read our new review of the outstanding book, The Unity of Isaiah by Oswald T. Allis, and then ask your pastor his answer to this question. If you believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, you may find that you're going to the wrong church. (May 17, 2014)
- Can baptism save? The Apostle Peter wrote, "There is also an antitype which now saves us--baptism . . ." Read this enlightening article by John Lillie. (May 9, 2014)
- New Poem: T'was the Night Before Jesus Came. (April 6, 2014)
- Infant Baptism: Too often, I'm afraid, we stubbornly hold to a doctrine without really knowing the evidence--or lack of evidence--for it. And sadder still is the tendency to outright dismiss any contrary view as if it were some sort of heresy. This applies to a number of issues, such as charismatic gifts, the millennium, and baptism. Why is it that we cannot pursue the subject with an open mind? Those wishing to read an excellent study of the "subjects" of baptism and consider the evidence for believer baptism will find this article by Robert Saucy most helpful. (March 1, 2014)
- Replacement Theology and Amillennialism: Anyone at all familiar with this Web site knows that we are at the opposite end of the theological spectrum from replacement theology and amillennialism. At our sister Web site, Messiah Studies, we are posting perhaps the best book on Messianic prophecy that I have read: The Messiahship of Jesus by Alexander McCaul (1852). He does argue that the Messianic prophecies point to fulfillment by Yeshua (Jesus), but in his discussions he gives considerable attention to the Jewish objections to Christian interpretations of these prophecies. However, the point I would like to emphasize here is that he also argues for a literal fulfillment of the prophecies dealing with the future of national Israel and forcefully critiques replacement theology and amillennialism, which sees no future for Israel in an ethnic and national sense. I suggest that those who hold to replacement theology and amillennialism should examine this book carefully. The McCaul page is under the main menu item, "Messiah in the Tanakh." Under the menu selection "Summary Papers," there is a link, "The Messiah: An Overview," which is a short paper written by me summarizing what the prophets indeed predict for national Israel--God's chosen, covenant people, the apple of his eye and the nation written on the palms of his hands. You might also be interested in a short paper, "Does Eschatology Matter in Jewish Evangelism?" (February 18, 2014)
- Great Empires: What great empire destroyed the Northern Kingdom of Israel? What great empire was responsible for the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple? How and why did all this come about? What took place in Judah and the Near East as a whole between Malachi and Matthew? Yes--the rise and fall of mighty empires! Indeed, the days of these empires -- Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome -- represent perhaps the most exciting period in Old Testament history. The articles we have just posted are not so much a history of Israel, king-by-king, but a survey of the larger picture of what was going on around Israel in the ancient Near East and how it affected Israel. Expect some fascinating reading on our new Great Empires page. (February 10, 2014)
- John Murray was a teacher, writer, exegete, and theologian of the highest order. His two-volume commentary on Romans is a classic example of scholarship and clarity. In addition, he was a devout man of God, utterly devoted to his Lord. We have posted a short biography of Professor Murray written by Iain Murray. The biography also includes memories and reflections of John Murray contributed by other academicians and pastors. See our new John Murray page. (February 23, 2014)
NIV Translation Unreliable
In many ways, we are living in a dangerous age. Some dangers are where you would least expect them, as for example the degree to which feminism has infected even evangelicalism. What translation of the Bible are you using? The NIV has become an unreliable translation. Read "An Evaluation of Gender Language in the 2011 Edition of the NIV Bible" produced by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
We have long lamented the lack of depth in the preaching within Evangelical churches today. Many Christians possess only a shallow knowledge of both the Bible and theology. Check yourself with two questions that should be very simple to any Christian who attends a Bible-believing church.
Bible knowledge: The Psalmist wrote, "Sing the glory of his name" (Ps. 66:2). What is his name? What is the name of the God of the Bible, the God you worship?
Theological knowledge: What is the meaning of the word propitiation, which is used, for example, in 1 John 2:2?
The answer to the first question is Yahweh (often misspelled "Jehovah," based on an error made by European scholars of the Renaissance period). Why doesn't every Christian know the name of God? Part of the reason, no doubt, is that even though it is used about 6000 times in the Old Testament, our English translations foolishly render the Hebrew name Yahweh as "LORD" (all capital letters). However, every minister should be using God's name as he preaches and should also be explaining to his congregation how to recognize when the divine writers of Scripture are using it. For more information, read my paper, Who Is the King of Glory?"
The answer to the second question is appeasement of wrath. That the death of Christ appeased the wrath of God on us is central to the theology of salvation. Why doesn't every Christian know the definition of propitiation?
We hope that the Bible study material posted at this site will both increase your knowledge of the Bible and theology and also encourage you to buy and read books by great Christian preachers and theologians. On this Web site we've posted a number of condensations of classical works as well as full-length books by various scholars and theologians. There are also a number of sermons by the "Prince of Preachers," Charles Spurgeon. In addition, you'll find several original, in-depth Bible-study papers written by us. The Site Map shows you everything on this Web site at a glance.
We hope you enjoy this Web site and that the Lord will use it to stimulate your interest in the Bible and the theology it teaches. Comments and questions are always welcome.
Daily Devotions from the Classics
Carol's "Daily Devotions from the Classics" contains 365 short, insightful excerpts from great Christian scholars and preachers of long ago as well as the recent past. You will be blessed by the writings of these godly men, among them Matthew Henry, Thomas Watson, Charles Spurgeon, and J. C. Ryle. Click here for your "daily devotions from the classics"!
Our Sister Web Site
We have another Web site, Messiah Studies, that is devoted to a detailed study of Messianic prophecy. However, it is a new Web site, and so far there are only a few papers posted. It is our goal, however, to develop a series of papers dealing with the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament in historical order. The site is designed for Jewish inquirers, but Christians can gain much from these studies as well. There is also some Jewish music you can listen to, including HaTikvah, Hava Nagila, Jerusalem of Gold, and the Yigdal, on which the Christian hymn, "The God of Abraham Praise," is based. Please take a look and send us your suggestions. (January 27, 2012)
The star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was.