Which NT Manuscript is the Oldest?

The Bible is the most copied and re-copied book in history—and this is both a blessing and a curse. It means we have ample manuscript evidence for the Old and New Testaments; it also means we have ample textual variants we need to work through.

The ancient manuscripts upon which our modern printed Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament are based can be categorized in several ways: 1. by the location of their composition; 2. by their language; and 3. by the writing material used—and much more. With Logos, you can sort all the manuscripts according to these and other categories. You can quickly discover manuscripts of a certain type, style, or age without being an expert in the field of textual criticism. You can look at the very same evidence used by modern textual critics and Bible translators. [Read more…]

More Greek Word Studies from Logos

The response from last week’s video was so positive we’ve decided to send another Greek word study video your way. If you’re the type of Bible student that takes word studies to the next level, then this video is for you. In this week’s training, you will learn how to use two indispensable study tools, LSJ and TDNT. Together, these two resources will help you discover key references in Hellenistic literature and create an accurate historical sketch of how a term was used leading up to the time of the NT. Click the video to see how these tools work.

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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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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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The Importance of Places in Acts

Have you ever wondered why Luke chose to record a nearly endless list of places in the book of Acts? The answer is in his Gospel’s opening words, spoken by the risen Christ: “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8 ESV). By recording specific places in Acts, Luke is attesting to the fulfillment of Jesus’ words.
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Search Over 17,000 Sermons in Seconds

There’s so much to be gleaned from the sermons of other preachers and teachers. They provide not only theological insight but a sense of how to deliver the biblical message to real people living in the real world.

This week’s video introduces you to the Sermon Finder tool, which allows you to search all of the sermon archive resources in your library in a matter of seconds.
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The God of Covenantal Relationship

The God of Scripture is always forming “covenants” with his creation. And he is faithful to his covenants—even when his creatures are not.

In this week’s video, we will research the idea of covenant and observe places in the Bible where God acts in relationship to his covenant. Then we’ll analyze places where he responds to those who break his covenant.
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Biblical Insight on Shepherding God’s People

One of the most common biblical metaphors for leaders is “shepherd.” God’s entrusted leaders are charged with the weighty responsibility of tending to and feeding the people of God as a shepherd would his flock. The act of “shepherding” means more than simply feeding the flock; rather, this choice verb refers to all acts related to the care of the flock.
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Resolve to Apply the Bible This Year

The New Year is a great time to recommit to the daily study of God’s Word. Reading the Bible and digging into its message is one of the best resolutions anyone can make. As you commit to this endeavor for 2018, equally dedicate yourself to applying the Word of God to every aspect of your life.
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How to Access Rich Content from the Oldest Commentaries

What’s the oldest commentary you own? Perhaps something from the church fathers?

You may be surprised to find you have something even older—something you may not have realized could be useful for you: ancient Jewish writings such as the Talmud, Philo, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. These contain a wealth of insight into the Hebrew Bible: simply by watching the way it has been interpreted over time, you gain perspective on your own reading.
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