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Ancient Christian Texts - Homilies on Numbers

Ancient Christian Texts - Homilies on Numbers

by Christopher A. Hall

Origen of Alexandria (185-254), one of the most prolific authors of antiquity and arguably the most important and influential pre-Nicene Christian theologian, was a man of deep learning and holiness of life. Regrettably, many of his works are no longer extant, in part due to the condemnation of his ideas by the Fifth Ecumenical Council in 553. The condemnati… Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Latin Commentaries on Revelation

Ancient Christian Texts - Latin Commentaries on Revelation

by William Weinrich

Interest in the book of Revelation in the Western tradition is stronger and earlier than that in the East. The earliest full commentary on the Apocalypse is that of Victorinus of Petovium written in the mid to late third century by the earliest exegete to write in Latin. Victorinus interpreted Revelation in millennialist terms, a mode of interpretation alrea… Read more…

2 Corinthians: NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)

2 Corinthians: NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)

by Scott J. Hafemann

2 Corinthians follows in the footsteps of 1 Corinthians by providing a window into both Paul’s character and the character of God. You’ll get an intimate glimpse into Paul’s heart and his love for the church in this NIV Application Commentary volume by Scott J. Hafermann, who shows us both the original meaning of 2 Corinthians and how its message appli… Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on Isaiah

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on Isaiah

by Joel C. Elowsky

Eusebius of Caesarea (ca. 260--ca. 340), one of the early church’s great polymaths, produced significant works as a historian (Ecclesiastical History), geographer (Onomasticon), philologist, exegete (commentaries on the Psalms and Isaiah), apologist (Preparation for and Demonstration of the Gospel) and theologian. His Commentary on Isaiah is one of his maj… Read more…

Hebrews: NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)

Hebrews: NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)

by George H. Guthrie

The author of Hebrews writes about a variety of issues including repentance, faith, transformed living, and Jesus as Messiah and high priest. George H. Guthrie (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) writes on the original, theological importance of Hebrews in this book of the NIV Application Commentary, as well as how we can apply that to our mo… Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on Jeremiah

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on Jeremiah

by Christopher A. Hall

Jerome (c. 347-419), one of the West's four doctors of the church, was recognized early on as one of the church's foremost translators, commentators and advocates of Christian asceticism. Skilled in Hebrew and Greek in addition to his native Latin, he was thoroughly familiar with Jewish traditions and brought them to bear on his understanding of the … Read more…

Daniel: NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)

Daniel: NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)

by Tremper Longman III

We all come across moments in our lives where we are forced to let go of any semblance of control and place our trust in God. The book of Daniel traces the lives of four dedicated followers of God who continually choose to follow Him despite the culture they’re surrounded by. Their perseverance eventually results in great blessing, both for them and everyo… Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus Imperfectum) Volume 1

Ancient Christian Texts - Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus Imperfectum) Volume 1

by Thomas C. Oden

In the translator's introduction to this volume, James Kellerman relates the following story: As Thomas Aquinas was approaching Paris, a fellow traveler pointed out the lovely buildings gracing that city. Aquinas was impressed, to be sure, but he sighed and stated that he would rather have the complete Incomplete Commentary on Matthew … Read more…

The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate

The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate

by Tremper Longman III and John H. Walton

"The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth . . . and the ark floated on the face of the waters" (Gen 6:17-18 NRSV). In modern times the Genesis flood account has been probed and analyzed for answers to scientific, apologetic, and historical questions… Read more…

Ezekiel: NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)

Ezekiel: NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC)

by Iain M. Duguid

Ezekiel is one of the stranger books of the Bible. This book contains content ranging from a litany of prophetic judgments to a vision of a valley floor of old bones being raised to life by God. It can be difficult to look at this variety and see how the book can be relevant. But Ezekiel also emphasizes personal responsibility in one’s walk with God. God … Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus Imperfectum) Volume 2

Ancient Christian Texts - Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus Imperfectum) Volume 2

by Thomas C. Oden

In the translator's introduction to this volume, James Kellerman relates the following story: As Thomas Aquinas was approaching Paris, a fellow traveler pointed out the lovely buildings gracing that city. Aquinas was impressed, to be sure, but he sighed and stated that he would rather have the complete Incomplete Commentary on Matthew … Read more…

The Value of Learning History

The Value of Learning History

by John Piper

The book of Jude includes numerous references to Jewish history (Balaam, Cain, and Korah's rebellion), references Jude believed made all the more powerful his warnings against internal enemies of the church. "The Value of Learning History," an article from pastor John Piper, illuminates, using Jude as a context, the importance for each… Read more…


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