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  • Jesus Divorce And Remarriage


    What did Jesus really say about divorce and remarriage?

    Challenging the evangelical near-consensus that Jesus permitted divorce and remarriage in certain circumstances, Gordon Wenham argues that while Jesus permitted separation in cases of sexual immorality, he did not permit divorce and remarriage.

    Presenting a revisitation and expansion of several decades of thought and debate on the topic, Wenham builds his case from a close reading of Jesus’ teaching in the Gospels, showing how his teaching pushed against the culture of his day. In addition, Wenham brings in insights from ancient Near Eastern marriage laws, the Old Testament, the writings of Paul, and the earliest Christian interpreters of the Gospel divorce texts.

    Readers will be challenged by a careful biblical argument that provides a counterpoint to the majority view. No study on divorce and remarriage will be complete without considering Jesus, Divorce, and Remarriage.

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  • Exploring The Old Testament 1


    List Of Illustrations
    Key To Panels
    1. What Is The Pentateuch? Basic Features
    2. Genesis 1–11
    3. Genesis 12–50
    4. Exodus
    5. Leviticus
    6. Numbers
    7. Deuteronomy
    8. Theme Of The Pentateuch
    9. Composition Of The Pentateuch
    10. Rhetoric Of The Pentateuch
    11. Epilogue

    Additional Info
    Exploring the Old Testament: A Guide to the Pentateuch offers a clear overview of the “five books of Moses,” as well as an introduction to the historical and textual questions that modern scholarship has posed and the answers it has proposed. This critically informed, textually sensitive introduction to the Pentateuch introduces students to the basic features of the Pentateuchthe social world of the Biblethe latest scholarship on the composition of the Pentateuchliterary techniques and formstheme, composition and rhetorical function of the Pentateuch In this textbook you will find double-column formatting for ease of use, annotated bibliographies for further reading, sidebar explorations of select historical and textual topics in greater detail, a glossary of terms, and relevant charts and maps.

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  • Genesis 1-15


    The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.

    Overview of Commentary Organization
    Introduction-covers issues pertaining to the whole book, including context, date, authorship, composition, interpretive issues, purpose, and theology. Each section of the commentary includes: Pericope Bibliography-a helpful resource containing the most important works that pertain to each particular pericope. Translation-the author’s own translation of the biblical text, reflecting the end result of exegesis and attending to Hebrew and Greek idiomatic usage of words, phrases, and tenses, yet in reasonably good English. Notes-the author’s notes to the translation that address any textual variants, grammatical forms, syntactical constructions, basic meanings of words, and problems of translation. Form/Structure/Setting-a discussion of redaction, genre, sources, and tradition as they concern the origin of the pericope, its canonical form, and its relation to the biblical and extra-biblical contexts in order to illuminate the structure and character of the pericope. Rhetorical or compositional features important to understanding the passage are also introduced here. Comment-verse-by-verse interpretation of the text and dialogue with other interpreters, engaging with current opinion and scholarly research. Explanation-brings together all the results of the discussion in previous sections to expose the meaning and intention of the text at several levels: (1) within the context of the book itself; (2) its meaning in the OT or NT; (3) its place in the entire canon; (4) theological relevance to broader OT or NT issues. General Bibliography-occurring at the end of each volume, this extensive bibliography contains all sources used anywhere in the commentary.

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  • Numbers


    In ancient times numbers were seen as mysterious and symbolic. Today they are associated with computers and depersonalization. To bridge this gulf, Gordon Wenham explains the background of Numbers, discussing its structure, sources, date, authorship, theology and Christian use. Includes a passage-by-passage analysis of Old Testament ritual.

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  • Story As Torah


    Using familiar stories in Genesis and Judges as test cases, Wenham demonstrates how Old Testament narratives can function as “”Torah,”” informing one’s ethical choices.

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  • Windows Into Old Testament History A Print On Demand Title


    In recent years revisionist scholars have attacked the Bible’s picture of ancient Israel as a fiction. While the majority of scholars reject this claim, a spirit of uneasiness remains among those who affirm the Old Testament’s reliability. This bracing book provides fresh evidence for the historical value of Scripture. Written by an international team of competent scholars, Windows into Old Testament History seeks to rebuild the case for a positive appraisal of biblical Israel.

    In the first essay Jens Bruun Kofoed explores the models and methods of study employed by the so- called Copenhagen School. Nicolai Winther-Nielsen then turns to the question of how best to “hear” the verbal testimony of the biblical texts, proposing a pragmatic approach to reading scripture. The next three essays examine ways of testing the truth value of the texts within the ancient Near Eastern context: Richard S. Hess, Alan R. Millard, and Kenneth A. Kitchen each focus on archaeological and comparative literary studies that illustrate how extrabiblical evidence can clarify debated issues and elucidate questions that are raised by the biblical texts themselves. Two case studies of the book of Chronicles by Brian E. Kelly and Peter J. Williams then demonstrate in a practical way how biblical and extrabiblical evidence can be brought together to uncover Israel’s history. The final essay by Iain W. Provan returns to the epistemological and philosophical concerns which began the book, seen anew in light of the contributors’ fruitful work.

    Attacking head-on the major issues involved in this fascinating yet conflicted field, Windows into Old Testament History is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the facts surrounding ancient Israel.

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  • Make The Old Testament Live A Print On Demand Title


    The Old Testament makes up three-quarters of the Bible and has had an incalculable influence on Western civilization and culture. Yet it is often neglected by the church, problematic for teachers, and inaccessible to students. Written by experienced scholars and educators from five continents, Make the Old Testament Live offers fresh perspectives on teaching the Old Testament today. Addressing problems of curriculum, context, and communication, these essays discuss such topics as which parts of the Old Testament should be taught, what approaches work best with each level of students, and what modern educational methods are best for teaching the Bible. Practical, insightful, and based on years of classroom experience in institutions ranging from seminaries to secular universities, this volume will enable all teachers of the Bible or theology to make the Old Testament more vital for their students.

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  • New Bible Commentary (Revised)


    The classic one-volume commentary is now even better! Features introductions, outlines, and section-by-section commentary for each Bible book—51 are new and the remaining 15 are substantially revised. Renowned evangelical scholars also respond to the latest developments in biblical history and literature with seven insightful new articles. Includes more than 50 new maps and diagrams!

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