Who Wrote Hebrews? Why It May Not Be Paul . . .

Bible scroll, unrolledBy Thomas Schreiner

Who wrote Hebrews? The short answer: only God knows. In the following excerpt adapted from Lexham Press’ new Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary volume: Hebrews by Thomas R. Schreiner,1 we see whose names have been put forward—and why the author of Hebrews probably isn’t Paul.

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The authorship of Hebrews is a fascinating issue that continues to interest Christians today.  [Read more…]

Was Joseph in Egypt? When Archaeology and the Bible Converge

By David B. Schreiner

Because Christianity is built upon certain historical events, discussions about Scripture’s historical truthfulness are constant. Regarding Genesis, such discussions revolve around several issues, including the flood and patriarchal narratives. People want to know, “Did a global flood actually happen? Did the patriarchs really exist?” Frustratingly, these discussions are complicated by the lack of explicit evidence from outside the Bible that could serve as historical verification. [Read more…]

What Are the 6 Dreams in the Story of Joseph?

By Wendy Widder

Dreams dominate the story of Joseph, but their importance in the narrative derives from the significance of dreams in the culture and theology of the ancient Near East. While many of us dismiss dreams as a mental reworking of the day’s events or as the result of indigestion, ancients considered dreams to have potential revelatory significance. Dreams were one way the gods communicated from the divine realm to the human realm—a belief that is clearly evident in the Joseph narrative. [Read more…]

Tired of Whining about Today’s Calamities? Open the Psalms of Lament.

By Harold L. Senkbeil

Where do you go when the calamities of life feel too heavy? We’re all tempted to turn inward, but perhaps we would do better to open the Psalms of lament instead. [Read more…]

5 Reasons the Ascension of Jesus Is Neglected

Many Christians reflect often on how the resurrection impacts the everyday life of believers. Because Jesus lives, we will live too. But what about the ascension of Jesus? Is it a doctrine we return to?

In the following excerpt from Patrick Schreiner’s forthcoming book, The Ascension of Christ: Recovering a Neglected Doctrine, we see five reasons that we sometimes overlook the ascension—and why Jesus’ resurrection isn’t complete without it. [Read more…]

War, Massacres, and Conquests: Why on Earth Would You Study Joshua?

Poussin Nicolas, The Victory of Joshua over the Amalekites, c. 1625

By Dr. L. Daniel Hawk

In this guest post, Dr. L. Daniel Hawk discusses his approach for teaching the unsettling aspects of Joshua in Mobile Ed: OT315 Book Study: Joshua (12 hour course), now on pre-order. [Read more…]

Saul’s Name Didn’t Change at Damascus, His Eschatology Did

Damascus

Despite popular belief, Saul did not become Paul on the road to Damascus. Those are simply two versions of the same name: Saul the Hebrew version, Paul the Roman.

However, what did change when Christ appeared to Paul—and it’s perhaps the most overlooked part of the story—was Paul’s eschatology. [Read more…]

Enhance Your Class Documents with Personal Books

Personal Books and Class DocumentsGuest writer Adam B. Shaeffer holds an MA in Spiritual Formation from Talbot School of Theology and a PhD in Theology from Durham University. He is already a big fan of Logos 8.

This article is a follow-up to my previous post on Personal Books. If you haven’t read it already, you may want to start there.

Imagine you are a teacher or the leader of a discipleship training program (this won’t take much imagination if you are one already) and you want to integrate technology more deeply into your in-person or online courses and curriculum.

In typical courses, professors hand out a printed syllabus on the first day of class. In some cases, they may post a digital copy to whatever digital learning resource their university uses, but this is typically done as a Word doc or pdf. [Read more…]

Who Are the Archangels in the Bible?

This is a post by guest author Lindsay Kennedy.

Given that only two angels are explicitly named in Scripture (Michael and Gabriel), it is unsurprising that they have garnered a lot of attention, speculation, and reverence throughout the centuries—in both religious tradition and popular media.

Some even believe Michael was the pre-incarnate Jesus.

With the help of Michael Heiser’s Angels, we will consider what the Bible says about Michael, archangels, and some other important angels. [Read more…]

What Are Some Popular Misconceptions about Angels?

This is a post by guest author Lindsay Kennedy.

In previous posts, we drew from Michael Heiser’s Angels to understand what the Bible tells us about angels. We saw that caring about angels does not make one a fanatic. We also learned that angels are immaterial members of God’s heavenly host who are also involved in governing the world. However, there are many misconceptions and myths about angels out there. [Read more…]