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9 Beatitudes

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This book considers the beatitudes, or blessings, given by the Lord Jesus when He commenced preaching the famous "sermon on the mount" (Matthew chapters 5 - 7). It contains some of the most famous teachings and sayings of the Lord Jesus and the "sermon on the mount" is often referenced in common day speech, even by people with a very limited understanding of the Bible. Perhaps, however, it is an area that is referenced much more than it is read, and certainly it is rarely explained, even amongst true believers. And yet, these beatitudes are the heart of the message of Christ. His message fundamentally changed character and mindsets. He was not here to gather adherents where mere mental assent to some key beliefs was all that was required. No, the whole life and character of disciples had to be changed and conformed to His standards, the standards of Heaven. Each verse, commandment, beatitude, parable, feast, and day will be expounded briefly, and the chapter will be readable in less than five minutes. At the end of each chapter is a space for notes. All references and scripture references will be placed in a footnote. The purpose is to allow each chapter to be read quickly, but to provide scriptural evidence for any interpretations given, to allow readers to explore the subject more fully, if they so desire. I strongly encourage the reader to read these Scriptures. It is the Scriptures that carry the power to transform our lives.
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ACTS FORM STYLE & THEOLOGY OP!!

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- Provides a fresh perspective on the Book of Acts
- Editor's foreword highlights the importance of Dibelius's work
- Includes updated notes and bibliographies
- Indexes of ancient sources and authors
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November 1, 2004

Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel

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January 5, 1983

ANCIENT TEXTS FOR NT STUDIES A GT THE BA

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One of the daunting challenges facing the New Testament interpreter is achieving familiarity with the immense corpus of related literatures. Scholars and students alike must have a fundamental understanding of the content, provenance, and utility for New Testament interpretation of a wide range of pagan, Jewish, and diversely Christian documents. This thoroughly revised and significantly expanded edition of Noncanonical Writings and New Testament Interpretation examines a vast range of ancient literature, masterfully distilling details of date, language, text, and translation into an eminently usable handbook. Craig Evans evaluates the materials' relevance for interpreting the New Testament and provides essential biographies.
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January 1, 2011

Apocalyptic Imagination An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature

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One of the most widely praised studies of Jewish apocalyptic literature ever written, The Apocalyptic Imagination by John J. Collins has served for over thirty years as a helpful, relevant, comprehensive survey of the apocalyptic literary genre.

After an initial overview of things apocalyptic, Collins proceeds to deal with individual apocalyptic texts -- the early Enoch literature, the book of Daniel, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and others -- concluding with an examination of apocalypticism in early Christianity. Collins has updated this third edition throughout to account for the recent profusion of studies germane to ancient Jewish apocalypticism, and he has also substantially revised and updated the bibliography.
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June 6, 2016

Apocryphal New Testament a Collection of Apocryphal Christian Literature in an English Translation

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This collection of apocryphal texts supersedes the best-selling edition by M.R. James, which was originally published in 1924. Several new texts have come to light since 1924 and the textual base for some of the apocrypha previously translated by James is now more secure, as in several cases there are now recently published critical editions available. Although a modest addition to James's edition was made in 1953, no thorough revision has previously been undertaken. In this volume, J.K. Elliott presents new translations of the texts and has provided each of them with a short introduction and bibliography for readers who wish to pursue further the issues raised in the texts or to consult the critical editions, other translations, or general studies. The translations are in modern English, in contrast to James's deliberate imitation of the language of the Authorized Version. The collection is designed to give readers the most important or famous of the Christian apocrypha and a small sample of gnostic texts. Full translations of the earliest texts are printed, as well as some derivative apocrypha.
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December 22, 2005

APOSTOLIC FATHERS & THE NT

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The apostolic fathers were authors of nonbiblical church writings of the first and early second centuries. These works are important because their authors, Clement I, Hermas, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp, and the author of the Epistle of Barnabas, were contemporaries of the biblical writers. Expressing pastoral concern, their writings are similar in style to the New Testament. Some of their writings, in fact, were venerated as Scripture before the official canon was decided.
"The Apostolic Fathers and the New Testament" provides a comparison of the apostolic fathers and the New Testament that is at once comprehensive and accessible. What genres (letters, miracle stories, etc.) appear in what ways? What apostolic fathers seem to reflect which passages in the New Testament? What themes appear in both bodies of literature? How did the apostolic fathers adopt and adapt images from the New Testament? How do the New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers contribute to our understanding of how early Christians understood themselves in relation to the mother faith of Judaism?
Any attempt to compare the Apostolic Fathers and the New Testament faces the difficulty that each set of writings represents diverse authors and historical contexts within the early church. As a result, scholars who work in the field have typically restricted their research to individual authors and writings. Thus, it has been difficult to come to any general observations about the larger corpus. After carefully examining images, themes, and concepts found in the New Testament and the apostolic fathers, Jefford posits some general observations and insights about the beliefs of the early church.
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APOSTOLIC FATHERS AN INTRO

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The Apostolic Fathers represents the best and latest in German-language scholarship on the Apostolic Fathers--now available in this exclusive English edition. Crafted by an expert team of scholars, The Apostolic Fathers offers introductions to the works comprising this early Christian corpus, fully equipped with cutting-edge discussion of important topics including theological profiles, intertextuality, intellectual milieus, and anti-Jewish polemics. The foreword by Wilhelm Pratscher and closing chapter by Jörg Ulrich cap off this learned handling of the Fathers, locating them within the history of scholarship, even while pointing the way for new avenues of study.

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November 1, 2010

APOSTOLIC LETTERS OF FAITH HOPE & LOVE

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Description: Professor Metzger has been a leader in New Testament studies for the past fifty years, through his teaching, his publications, his text-critical work, and his translation work. This volume brings his deep insight to three key epistles, focusing on three fundamental Christian virtues.
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October 1, 2006

BEHIND THE GOSPELS UNDERSTANDING THE ORAL TRADITION

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New Testament scholars often talk about oral tradition as a means by which material about Jesus reached the Gospels writers. Despite the recent interest in oral tradition, scholarly advances have not penetrated the mainstream of academic Gospels scholarship, let alone the wider public. Behind the Gospels fills this gap, offering a general theoretical discussion of oral tradition and the formation of ancient texts and providing a critical survey of the field.
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July 1, 2014

BETWEEN JESUS & PAUL

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More happened in the period between Jesus and Paul, Professor Hengel argues, than in the whole of the next seven centuries, up to the time when the doctrine of the early church was completed. Certainly these decades are crucial to our understanding of the development of earliest Christianity. However, they are very much a "tunnel" period, and there is little to shed light on it. This volume does something to pierce the darkness. Among other issues, it considers the origins of the Christian mission, the role of the Hellenists, the reliability of Luke as a geographer when he is dealing with events in Palestine in the Acts of the Apostles, and the development of christological belief, particularly in Christian worship. Those familiar with Professor Hengel's work will know that they will find here a wealth of valuable insight based on painstaking examination of all available sources.
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March 1, 2003

BEYOND THE Q IMPASSE LUKES USE OF MATTHE

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Based on decades of painstaking, collaborative research, the authors of this volume have succeeded in making a historic breakthrough in understanding the Gospel of Luke. They have discovered never-before-seen objective data, proving that the author of the Gospel of Luke systematically and respectfully used sequences of material from the canonical Gospel of Matthew in writing his own Gospel.
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9781563381843
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November 1, 1996