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How We Got Our Bible

How We Got Our Bible

by W Griffith Thomas

Is the Bible God's Word? Or does it contain God's Word? How much of it is accurate? Can it be trusted? How can one be sure? Who decided which books were to be included? What about the books which were left out? How have archaeological discoveries affected the Bible? These forthright questions—and scores more—are clearly and concisely … Read more…

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Everything You Want to Know about Jesus

Everything You Want to Know about Jesus

by Peter Douglas Downey and Ben James Shaw

Jesus is the most influential person who ever lived. But for many of us, he has ceased to be a real person. We’ve sanitised him with pious jargon, framed him in stained glass, and reduced him to a religious puppet who floats through biblical landscapes dispensing Christian cliches and nice advice. It’s time for a fresh look at the man this book describes… Read more…

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Church History: A Crash Course for the Curious

Church History: A Crash Course for the Curious

by Christopher Catherwood

The history of the Christian church is far more than a dull list of dates. This brief summary will whet your appetite to discover more about the story of Christianity. In this concise, accessible guide, author Christopher Catherwood takes his readers through the history of the faith, educating them about the uniqueness of Christianity fro… Read more…

Temples, Tithes, and Taxes: The Temple and the Economic Life of Ancient Israel

Temples, Tithes, and Taxes: The Temple and the Economic Life of Ancient Israel

by Marty E. Stevens

The temple in Jerusalem was both the center of ancient Israel's religious life and also an economic center for the nation. In this groundbreaking study of the economic functions of the Jerusalem temple, Marty E. Stevens, who worked for fifteen years as a certified public accountant prior to getting a PhD in Old Testament, demonstrates that the temple act… Read more…

Encounters with Jesus

Encounters with Jesus

by Gary M. Burge

Christian readers of the New Testament study the great stories about Jesus through the lens of western culture. In this series of books, Gary Burge uses his extensive knowledge of the first century world and the Middle East to offer insights not available to the average person. Each book will develop important cultural themes and wrap them around well-known … Read more…

The Lion of Judah: How Christianity and Judaism Separated

The Lion of Judah: How Christianity and Judaism Separated

by Rabbi Kirt A Schneider

If Jesus is a Jew, why is there a wedge between Christianity and Judaism? If Jews and Christians both believe in the same God, why is there such division? Why is history littered with deathly accounts of this division, from the early Jewish persecution of Christians to the Crusades’ slaughtering of Jews?  The Lion of Judah unpacks the roots of thi… Read more…

Our Bible: How We Got It and Ten Reasons Why I Believe the Bible is the Word of God

Our Bible: How We Got It and Ten Reasons Why I Believe the Bible is the Word of God

by R. A. Torrey and Charles Leach

Dr. Leach answers these pertinent questions: Is the Bible really true? Where did the Bible come from? Has our Bible suffered change through the years? When were the books of the New Testament collected? Did Christ use our Old Testament? Dr. Leach first discusses the New Testament, then the Old, and finally traces the history of our English Bible. Dr. R.A… Read more…

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Finding the Lost Images of God

Finding the Lost Images of God

by Gary M. Burge and Timothy S. Laniak

Images are frequently used in the Bible to describe God and his relationship with his chosen people. Without an accurate understanding of the images, we cannot comprehend the profound biblical revelations they communicate. Understanding these cultural vehicles of communication comes by learning the cultural background of those who created them. Timothy S. La… Read more…

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Old Testament Law for Christians: Original Context and Enduring Application

Old Testament Law for Christians: Original Context and Enduring Application

by Roy E Gane

The Old Testament law is foundational for our understanding of the Bible, but for many it remains some of the Old Testament's most foreign and exotic material. This book by a leading evangelical expert in biblical law helps readers understand Old Testament law, how it functioned in the Old Testament, and how it is (and is not) instructive for contemporar… Read more…

Christian History Made Easy

Christian History Made Easy

by Timothy Paul Jones

Christian History Made Easy: WINNER of the Christian Retailers' Choice Awards 2010 for the "most significant new life-changing products in the Christian retail industry" in the Christian Education category This fantastic book summarizes the most important events in Christian history from the time of Jesus to today in 12 easy ch… Read more…

The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts

The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts

by Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald

This volume addresses the most important issues related to the study of New Testament writings. Two respected senior scholars have brought together a team of distinguished specialists to introduce the Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman backgrounds necessary for understanding the New Testament and the early church. Contributors include renowned scholars such as L… Read more…

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Exploring the Story

Exploring the Story

by Adam Barr

Many people today encounter strange events, names, customs and/or people when they pick up their Bible to read. The world of the Bible can seem very distant to modern readers, even if they are reading a contemporary translation. To help readers gain a better understanding of the world of the Bible, Zondervan has developed a one-volume, handy-size reference r… Read more…

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