Archives for March 2018

3 Reasons To Study Greek, and 3 Reasons Not To


You want to learn New Testament Greek?

Presumably, you’re a Christian, so my advice on this topic will be written for those who desire to love God and neighbor in all they do—even and especially in learning New Testament Greek.

Thinking carefully at the outset about why you want to learn Greek will enrich your study and help ensure that your work is an offering to the Lord.

Here are three reasons not to study Greek—and three to study it.
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How to Spot a Falsely Attributed Quotation

I was looking for a Mother’s Day gift and I stumbled across a quotation on the website of a local massage therapist:

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. —C.S. Lewis

I’m a huge Lewis fan, and I immediately said to myself, C.S. Lewis never said that. I just knew.

First a techie lesson on how I confirmed my suspicion, then a few biblical and theological reflections on what it means to know a writer’s voice.
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The Bible as “Myth”

C.S. Lewis famously called the gospel of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection “True Myth.” What he meant was that 1) it really happened (“True”) and 2) it serves as a worldview-forming grand story (“Myth”) for Christians. Other religions and cultures tell such stories without necessarily believing that they really happened—take the Enuma Elish.
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How to Automatically Markup “In Jesus” Phrases


A Logos user and student of the Word recently asked if it’s possible to create a Visual Filter that automatically marks up the “in Jesus” phrases in the New Testament whether the phrase be:

  • in Jesus
  • in Christ
  • in Him
  • in Whom
  • Etc.

This is another insightful question and I’m happy to report the answer is yes! Since the Faithlife team has already labeled all the words in the New Testament referencing the person Jesus (Referent Dataset) all we have to do is create a proximity search with the Greek lemma “en” and we’re home free!
I know that’s clear as mud so let’s walk through it together:
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Why I Like C. S. Lewis

Today’s guest post was written by Ryan Pemberton, the author of the Walking with C. S. Lewis companion guide.

The wardrobe was foreign to me. As was the image of a faun carrying parcels under a lamppost in the snow, and the golden-maned lion, Aslan. All of those characters and features so central to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe were lost on me when I first read C. S. Lewis. I hadn’t grown up reading The Chronicles of Narnia, unlike so many friends. At 19, my first interaction with C. S. Lewis came in the form of Mere Christianity, a compilation of Lewis’s broadcast talks on Christianity delivered over BBC radio during World War II.
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See the Big Picture with the Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible (Print)

It’s far too easy to lose sight of the big picture when you’re studying Scripture. We’re so entrenched in humdrum of modern life, that we forget that the people we’re reading about lived actual, human lives too. They walked the sandy streets of ancient Jerusalem, stood on the shores of the Red Sea, ascended the peak of Nebo.

It’s only when we enter into the biblical world—truly attempt to understand the ancient context of Scripture—that a clear picture emerges. Doing that kind of digging can be time consuming. But even if you’re relying on the humble study Bible, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the depth you’ve come to expect with Logos Bible Software.

Lexham Press has teamed up with Zondervan to bring you the Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible. This print Bible brings together rich illustrations, diagrams, charts, maps, and study notes to help you piece together the context for the passage you’re studying.
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If Commentaries Were Sports Teams

As much as Americans love democracy, we want sports to be a simple meritocracy: may the best team win.

A lose-and-you’re-out tournament is our idea of a championship. We don’t want sportswriters telling us who they think is best; we want winners to prove who’s best. That’s why Americans love college basketball’s March Madness.

For years, Bible commentary fans have relied on “sportswriters” to tell them which commentaries are best. Carson and  Longman (through their commentary surveys) and Denver Seminary and Detroit Seminary (through their lists) have long determined the best commentaries for each Bible book. Bestcommentaries.com (the Sportswriters Association of the commentary world) has aggregated those votes and become the go-to resource for recommendations. But there has never been a definitive commentary championship.

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Sketching a History of Christian Thinking


It’s quite daunting to imagine that the way we interact with the culture around us, interpret the Bible, and even minister to one another is influenced by our predecessors of the faith. The first steps in Christian thinking were made by men like Origen, Tertullian, and Irenaeus. By tracing their lives along with others from the apostolic age, we gain a better understanding and appreciation for how Christian thinking has evolved and matured over the past 2,000 years.
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Two Ways to Study the Divine Council


I have recently been rereading the magnificent book, The Unseen Realm, by Faithlife’s own, Dr. Michael Heiser. If you have yet to order and study this material, I wholeheartedly encourage you to do so! Whether you agree, disagree or just scratch your head while moving through this work, I promise you, your Bible reading will never be the same after The Unseen Realm. It really is life changing!
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You Voted, Now Save: 35% off Round 1 Titles!


Round 1 has come to a close, and your favorite commentaries and courses are moving on to Round 2 of Logos March Madness 2018. And starting now you can save 35% on the runners up.

Check out these highlights of Round 1 deals:

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