Studying Scripture in Context: Why It Matters and How to Do It

studying-scripture-in-context-logos-6Regardless of where you are in your Bible study—from eager novice to sophisticated scholar—you’ve no doubt come across an obscure or confusing passage, word, image, or practice.

The Bible is filled with images and cultural references that meant a lot to the ancient Eastern mind, but are flat-out dumbfounding today, which—unfortunately for us—means a lot of Scripture’s messages and practices get lost in translation.

Let’s look at the big picture: the Bible was written over a period of about 2,000 years, by about 40 authors with vastly different personalities and cultural backgrounds, and in three different languages—Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic.

Every biblical author is writing from a different cultural perspective, so in order to truly understand what the Bible’s saying, you need to understand where the biblical author is coming from—you need to have a basic understanding of their culture and language, or else you won’t fully comprehend the underlying message.

The good news is that Logos 6 comes with the best contextual tools available, so even eager novices like myself (or all the sophisticated scholars whom I work with) can make amazing new discoveries.

Here are a few ways you can better understand the biblical world with Logos 6:

1. Explore ancient interpretations of Scripture

No other text has had a greater influence on Western thought than the Bible. So what better way to dig into the Bible’s culture than to explore its literary contemporaries? The new Ancient Literature tool connects Bible passages to ancient literature based on shared references, themes, and historical periods, and even goes so far as to make these connections based on allusions.

For example, say you’re studying Psalm 23 and you want a better understanding of what “God as shepherd” means. If you start with the Sense Section in your Factbook, you’ll see all the varying meanings of this title. And although you may imagine a shepherd as someone gentle, kind, and quiet, the Sense Section reveals a different perspective: in biblical times, “shepherd” meant citizenry, or a united entity or nation. It meant to lead, and it meant to rule and tend to your flock. The shepherd was a strong, formidable leader—not a meek guide.

You’ll also see several links to works by the Apostolic Fathers in the Ancient Literature section. If you open these works, you’ll see that for Clement of Alexandria, the flock’s relationship to the shepherd was all about humility, and not exalting yourself above others.

For Ignatius of Antioch, God as shepherd was about unity and truth: “Where the shepherd is, there follow like sheep. For many seemingly trustworthy wolves attempt, by means of wicked pleasure, to take captive the runners in God’s race; but in your unity they will find no opportunity.”

And for Hermas, God as shepherd represented a graceful man—someone who personally greeted him and sat down beside him clothed in white.

Do you see how much this fleshes out your understanding? You could just bypass a word like “shepherd,” not knowing the significance and intensity this figure represents—or, with Logos 6, you can get a fuller, richer perspective of its biblical meaning.

2. Understand the real meaning of biblical words

As we all know, words can have myriad meanings. You can explore a cave and you can cave in; you can go dancing at a club and hit a golf ball with a club; you could even eat a chip or get a chip in your windshield.

Alternate word meanings are not unique to modern languages, which is why Logos 6 includes the Sense Section—a new section in your Bible Word Study guide that shows every alternate meaning, or “sense,” of a Greek or Hebrew word, as well as where it occurs.

For example, the Greek and Hebrew word for “house,” can mean a physical house, a family, a people, a group, or a temple. With the Sense Section, you can see all these meanings and go straight to where they occur.

Let’s say you look up “light” in your Factbook—the Sense Section shows that the absence of light represents an “evil realm,” or “darkness.” So when God commands, “Let there be light,” he’s not just flipping the light switch—he’s casting hope in the darkness, he’s creating an oasis from sinfulness, and he’s doing away with ignorance of God; his presence rescues people from an evil realm.

Explore the biblical world with Logos 6

All these awesome tools amount to one awesome goal: better understanding the Word.

Dig into the biblical world and see how you can do more powerful Bible study: get 15% off Logos 6 today!

Designed for Logos 6: Original Lexham Press Resources

Lexham-PressLogos 6 is packed with awesome new tools and resources to make your Bible study smarter, easier, and faster.

Lexham Press built a number of these amazing resources from the ground up, specifically for Logos 6. Explore the biblical world with stunning media and curriculum and dig into the biblical text with these revolutionary resources.

Here’s a rundown of what’s new from Lexham Press in Logos 6:

Enhance your Bible study

lexham-press-diy-bible-studyWith new Bible study resources from Lexham Press, taking your study to the next level is easier than ever.

It all starts with DIY Bible Study. This highly visual curriculum leverages Logos Bible Software and Lexham Press products to deepen your Bible study—or to help you begin. Video lessons explain Bible study principles and survey every book of the Bible. And application-focused content, accompanied by stunning graphics, helps you see what the Bible meant to its original readers and what it means for us today.

Paired with DIY Bible Study are two curated collections of Bible Study Magazine content:

  • Moment with God: A Devotional on Every Biblical Book: We all have our “God moments,” but the intimacy doesn’t always last. Each author in Moment with God captures this beautiful struggle, as they draw on their own stories and the Bible itself. This hand-curated collection of some of the richest devotionals from Bible Study Magazine celebrates God’s faithfulness, no matter what the moment looks like.
  • Study Like a Pro: Explore Difficult Passages from Every Book of the Bible: “Why don’t I have the insight into the Bible that he has?” “Where did she learn to interpret the Bible so well?” We’ve all asked ourselves these questions. This collection of tried and true articles from Bible Study Magazine, written by experts, walks you through Bible difficulties and teaches you to study like a pro.

We’ve also designed spectacular media to enrich your Bible study. With the Lexham Bible Background Slides, you’ll get a slide presentation on every book in the Bible. Each slide collection includes the book’s theme, authorship, and context, and offers easily digestible maps, timelines, and content outlines.

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Revolutionary Bible resources

If you’re digging deep into the Bible’s text, Lexham Press has designed some groundbreaking resources specifically designed for Logos 6 and optimized for your Bible study.

lexham-theological-wordbookThe Lexham Theological Wordbook takes a new approach to explaining important concepts and categories used in the biblical languages. Unlike most lexicons that organize by lemmas, this wordbook groups entries according to meaning, broadly construed by semantic domain, with the related lemmas from Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek placed together. Each article explains a concept and defines the words and idioms used to express that concept in the Bible.

We’ve also updated the Lexham Bible Dictionary with 2,192 new articles, taking the total article count to 5,159. There are now more than 2.7 million words in the Lexham Bible Dictionary.

There are also five new glossaries giving you a quick overview of hundreds of biblical concepts and terms:

  • Lexham Glossary of Theology: This glossary provides brief definitions for hundreds of terms from the Bible and from theology, giving you a quick overview of various theological topics.
  • Lexham Glossary of Semantic Roles: The Semantic Roles and Case Frames dataset tags the text of the Bible according to roles played by each part of a given statement. This glossary defines the labels used to describe these semantic roles.
  • Lexham Cultural Ontology Glossary: The Bible references many cultural concepts from the ancient world that are unfamiliar to us today. This glossary defines these concepts as used in the Cultural Concepts dataset.
  • Lexham Glossary of Literary Types: Several literary types and devices are used throughout the Bible’s text, including allegories, parables, psalms, and letters. This glossary defines the types and devices identified in the Tooman Literary Type Analysis of the Old Testament and the Mackie Literary Type Analysis of the New Testament.
  • Lexham Propositional Outlines Glossary: The Propositional Flow Outline dataset organizes the text of the Bible onto separate lines that are indented relative to their subordinate or superordinate relationships. This glossary defines the labels used to identify those relationships.

Get Logos 6 today!

Many of these features and resources are exclusive to Logos 6. With Logos 6 and Lexham Press, you’ll advance your Bible study to whole new level.

And for a limited time, you can get 15% off any Logos 6 base package: now’s the perfect time to get Logos 6!

Pursuing the Knowledge of God with Mobile Ed and Logos 6

mobile-ed-bi100-learn-to-study-the-bibleI want to know God’s thoughts—the rest are mere details.

This quote is famously attributed to Albert Einstein. Though we probably don’t agree with his religious views and we don’t literally chase after the knowledge of God’s thoughts, this hyperbolic phrase captures something about the Christian’s heart. Those who follow Jesus are characterized by a desire to know God more deeply: to know his character, his intentions, and his desires. Thankfully we worship a God who speaks. His Word to us is his self-revelation, and through the reading and study of it, we know more of this God who called us out of darkness.

That’s why Bible study is important; we want to know God, and we know someone best through communication. My marriage would hardly be a marriage at all if my wife and I never spoke to each other. How could I really know her? But because we communicate daily, I continue to get to know my wife’s heart and our marriage grows stronger. Likewise, if we are not communicating with God through prayer and the reading of his Word, we cannot ever truly know him.

In Dr. Darrell Bock’s BI100 Learn to Study the Bible, he builds off this idea with Proverbs 2:1–5:

My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.

Dr. Bock says that “the reward on the other end is the reception of knowledge about God and the deepening of the fear or respect of God. In other words, our hearts are shaped as well as our minds.” It’s this conviction that helped drive Dr. Bock and Mobile Ed to create a new course specifically designed to help people grow in their Bible study.

Do better study with Dr. Darrell L. Bock

BI100 Learn to Study the Bible is a Mobile Ed course that will help you take your Bible study to the next level—beyond simply reading the text. Through this course’s video lessons, richly tagged transcript, and Logos 6 video tutorials, you’ll learn to study Scripture using Dr. Bock’s methods and apply that methodology using Logos 6’s powerful tools and resources. This course lives right in Logos Bible Software, so you can take these lessons with you on your Mac, PC, or mobile devices.

The course starts with contrasting the reading and study of Scripture, and you’ll learn to do both with more clarity and depth. You’ll discover how to dig into the text’s historical and literary background and apply that information to understand the meaning and message of each book. This will heighten not only your understanding of the text for yourself, but also your ability to teach it to others. Pastors, parents, students, and everyone in between can benefit from learning these Bible study methods and applying them with Logos 6.

Get step-by-step tutorials

This course contains nearly a dozen Logos 6 video tutorials. With Logos 6, you have an incredible amount of research power at your fingertips, and these videos will show you how to harness it in your Bible study.

The perfect companion to Logos 6

With this course you’ll get:

  • Video lessons from Dr. Bock, carefully created to help you study with Logos
  • Richly tagged transcripts, which connect to the rest of your Logos library and learn more on any word or topic
  • Logos 6 video tutorials, which show you how to utilize the software for incredible results
  • Associated readings so you can read other relevant resources on the topic at hand

Get equipped to study the Bible with more depth and clarity: add BI100 Learn to Study the Bible to your library today!

 

Get Free Gifts with Your Logos 6 Purchase

logos-6-introductory-offersLogos 6 gives you the best digital tools and resources for Bible study, and now’s the best time to get it. Right now, you’ll get a 15% discount on new base packages, crossgrades, and upgrades, plus you’ll get exclusive rewards when you spend over $500 during your Logos 6 purchase.

Each purchase tier—$500, $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000—will earn you more rewards: the more you spend, the more valuable your rewards. Every level builds off the next, so you’ll get that level’s corresponding reward, along with every reward from the lower levels.

Here’s what you’ll get at each level:

$500 level

$50.00 promotional code

introductory-offers-500-levelIf you spend $500 or more during your base-package purchase, you’ll get a $50.00 promotional code to use toward a future purchase. With over 45,000 titles to choose from, the options are practically endless: you’ll be able to find resources that are specifically catered to your interests and type of study.

Whenever you add resources to your library, you’re increasing its value: since your resources are interconnected, the more you add, the more valuable every other book becomes. This promotional code is an opportunity to add value to your library—use it to add resources that create new connections, powering your library for further insight.

$1,000 level

Mobile Ed: BI100 Learn to Study the Bible

introductory-offers-1000-levelThis brand-new Mobile Ed course teaches you Bible study methodology in tandem with Logos 6. Under the instruction of Dr. Darrell Bock, you’ll explore both reading and studying Scripture with Logos 6’s powerful tools. You’ll get video lessons and transcripts, as well as more than a dozen helpful Logos 6 training videos. Not only will you better understand your new software, but you’ll also learn Bible study basics that will empower your study of the Word. This course is the perfect starting point for mastering Logos 6.

$2,500 level

2-year Pro Media subscription

introductory-offers-2500-levelProclaim Pro Media gives you media packs for creating pixel-perfect presentations. It works in Proclaim Church Presentation Software (if you don’t already use Proclaim, try it free for 30 days!), but Logos Pro Media—included in Proclaim Pro Media—is where you’ll really see Logos 6 shine. You’ll get stunning backgrounds for the Visual Copy tool—just select your quote or passage, then select your media of choice to create personalized images you can use in your presentations or share online.

$5,000 level

Mobile Ed: Discipleship Training Bundle

introductory-offers-5000-levelThis bundle includes three Mobile Ed courses: ED101 Introducing Discipleship with Dr. Greg Ogden, PC151 Theology of Everyday Life with Dr. Daniel Doriani, and BI181 Introducing Bible Translations with Dr. Mark Strauss. These courses have been available individually, but this is the first time you can get them as a bundle.

With these courses, you’ll learn both biblical foundations and practical methods for disciple making, empowering you to train others to live Christ-filled lives. The insights you’ll gain are essential for discipling others, or for teaching other leaders to do the same.

Get your rewards

To qualify for these rewards, just add a Logos 6 base package to your cart and make sure your cart total—including both Logos 6 and any add-on resources—hits the level you want to reach. You’ll receive your rewards in an email within 45 days of your Logos 6 purchase. This is a limited-time offer, so don’t miss out on these free resources!

Learn more about these introductory offers, and get Logos 6 today!

Interactive Media: A New Way to Engage the Word

Logos-6-Interactive-Media-Blog-HeaderLogos 6 comes with all-new media resources for deeper, more engaging study and better presentations.

Interactive Media are new resources that help you explore both the biblical world and original languages, as well as perform complex tasks in seconds. Get into the Word with new calculators and text converters, virtual tours, interactive infographics, and helpful tutors. Use this media to engage your students or congregation, or for your personal study.

Users are already raving about how fun and helpful Interactive Media are. You can find this media either in your Tools menu, or by searching your library.

Here are a few user favorites:

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Weights and Measures Converter

Put biblical measurements in context by converting them into modern examples. Enter a biblical quantity and get modern comparisons—you’ll see that 100 cubits (the length of Ezekiel’s Temple) is about the length of four city buses or a little over two semitrucks. You’ll also discover that Boaz let Ruth take over three gallons worth of barley from his fields (Ruth 2:14). This fun calculator helps you understand all sorts of obscure biblical measurements, so you can better understand the Bible’s context.

Get this tool in Logos 6 Starter and higher.

Logos-6-Interactive-Media-Psalms-ExplorerPsalms Explorer

Explore the Psalms with this colorful browser that lets you filter the Psalms by order, genre, book, author, and theme. Use this browser in your class to explore all the Psalms written by David or all of the Messianic Psalms, or use this for your personal study to pinpoint specific answers in the Psalms: for example, find all the laments written by David about worship.

Get this tool in Logos 6 Gold and higher.

Logos-6-Interactive-Media-Text-ConverterText Converter

Convert Greek and Hebrew text in seconds. Just copy and paste the text, and the new Text Converter transforms it into a variety of schemes for transliteration, including SBL General, SBL Academic, Scientific, Spanish, and more. The next time the professor asks you to transliterate something or you’d like to insert a transliteration into your upcoming article, you can breathe easy!

Get this tool in Logos 6 Starter and higher.

Logos-6-Interactive-Media-Greek-Hebrew-TutorGreek and Hebrew Alphabet Tutors

Learn to write and pronounce Greek and Hebrew in the pronunciation of your choice, including Koine, Erasmian, and Modern Greek. Select any letter—from alpha to omega—and you’ll be shown how to write it in uppercase and lowercase, how to pronounce it, and common lemmas that start with that letter. Once you’ve practiced drawing the letter, you’ll get a score on your accuracy, so you know how you can improve.

Get this tool in Logos 6 Silver and higher.

Logos-6-Interactive-Media-InteractivesInteractive Infographics

These new resources are textbook illustrations come to life! Explore the armor of God, the Hebrew conception of the universe, Solomon’s Temple, priestly garments, ancient altars, and New Testament coins.

Get this tool in Logos 6 Starter and higher.

Logos-6-Interactive-Media-Morph-ChartMorphology Charts

Find every time a specific lemma formation is used throughout the entire Bible. Enter the lemma, and Morphology Charts populates an easy-to-read table that shows all the forms that lemma takes on, along with their frequency and links to where they occur.

Get this tool in Logos 6 Silver and higher.

Always something new to explore

These resources are just the tip of the iceberg. Here are all of Logos 6’s Interactive Media:

Interactive infographics:

  • Armor of God
  • Ancient Hebrew Universe
  • Priestly Garments
  • Solomon’s Temple
  • Ancient Altars
  • The Tabernacle
  • New Testament Coins
  • Counting the 10 Commandments
  • Days of Creation
  • Who Killed Goliath?

Tutorials:

  • Interlinear Explorer
  • Reverse Interlinear Explorer

Language tools:

  • Morphology Charts
  • Hebrew Cantillations
  • Greek Alphabet Tutor
  • Hebrew Alphabet Tutor

Bible background:

  • Canon Comparison
  • Biblical Event Navigator
  • Israelite Feasts and Sacrifices
  • Bible People Visual Timelines
  • Ancient Inscriptions
  • Before and After: Ancient and Modern Biblical Archaeology Sites
  • Narrative Character Maps

Textual-analysis tools:

  • Psalms Explorer
  • Proverbs Explorer
  • Bible Outline Browser
  • Parallel Gospel Reader

Utilities and calculators:

  • Weights and Measures Converter
  • Numeric Converter
  • Text Converter

 

Get Logos 6 today!

For a limited time, you can get 15% off Logos 6. Plus, when you spend $500 or more during your base-package purchase, you’ll get additional exclusive rewards.

Explore our family of Logos 6 base packages today!

Save 30% on This Month’s Top Product

november-top-product-a-w-pinkThis month only, you can save 30% on one of our best-selling classic commentary series: the A.W. Pink Collection.

Through November, you can add this 40-volume collection to your Logos library at an incredible discount. Just use code AWP2014 at checkout.

Study with one of the greatest pastors of all time

Arthur Walkington Pink pastored churches in the United States and Australia for most of his working life. At age 24, Pink experienced an evangelical conversion and crossed the Atlantic from Great Britain to study at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. But after only six weeks, he left to take up a pastoral ministry. In 1922, he started a magazine titled Studies in Scriptures, which circulated among English-speaking Christians worldwide. The magazine “was feeding several of the men who were leading a return to doctrinal Christianity,” including Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Douglas Johnson.

Preparing the next generation of pastors

In his commentary on Ephesians for the Preaching the Word series, R. Kent Hughes relates how his life was changed through an encounter with Pink’s writings: “As a sixteen-year-old I read Arthur W. Pink’s The Sovereignty of God, through which I was made to see the transcendent holiness of God, my own utter sinfulness, and his sovereign working in bringing men and women to himself.”

Likewise, many Bible-college students and aspiring pastors get their first introduction to commentaries from one of Pink’s works. Biographer Iain H. Murrary observes, “The widespread circulation of his writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.” His writing sparked a revival of expository preaching and focused readers’ hearts on biblical living.

Discover the heart of A.W. Pink

The A.W. Pink Collection gives you Pink’s detailed commentaries, as well as his collected works covering the Beatitudes, divine healing, justification, eternal punishment, and more.

Take advantage of this limited-time savings on works that have influenced generations. Save 30% on the A.W. Pink Collection today when you use coupon code AWP2014 at checkout.

Get 70% Off the 95-Book Reformation Day Bundle!

Logos-Reformation-Day-Bundle-2014On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saint’s Church in Wittenberg: the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. What better way to commemorate that day than with a bundle of 95 books that explore the history and doctrines of the Reformation and the movements that sprang from it?

The Reformation Day Bundle contains modern and classic Reformed theology titles, works on the history of the Reformed and Lutheran traditions, and much more.

Some of the highlights include Joel Beeke’s A Puritan Theology, the Reformation Trust Collection, the Crossway J.I. Packer Collection, the Crossway Martyn Lloyd-Jones Collection, the Fortress Luther Studies Collection, George Marsden’s A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards, and Oxford University Press’ The Early Reformation on the Continent and The Reformation in Britain and Ireland.

This bundle is only available until November 10—get it today for 70% off!

Plus, if you combine this with the purchase of a new Logos 6 base package, you can get exclusive introductory offers on your purchase of $500 or more!

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Introducing Logos Bible Software 6

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Logos-6-launch-Small-Group-300x300We study the Bible for insight. We look to God’s Word to know his mind, to understand his truth, and to be reminded of his love. We seek insight for living our daily lives, and we aspire to share that insight with others.

Logos 6 is all about delivering insight.

Building on the innovations in Logos 4 and 5, the new release features new tools for exploring the Bible, connecting it to ancient and modern literature, and sharing your insights with others.

While our library of books is larger than ever, it is the new digital-first content that lets you explore the Bible like never before.

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We’ve had scholars tag every cultural concept in the Bible, then extend that tagging to other ancient literature. This is a unique new database that helps you see connections that were nearly impossible to find before.

A new propositional outline of the Bible was created for the Greek New Testament, and it can be displayed as a live filter alongside your choice of English translations.
 
 

logos-6-launch-new-Mosiac-MediaA team of artists and animators created ready-to-use teaching slides, videos, and animations, using thousands of photos and the presentations of experienced seminary professors.

The all-new Bible Atlas will soon cover every mappable story in the Bible; it features new content in a pan-and-zoom interface as intuitive as any online mapping tool.

And we’re introducing a new type of digital tool for highly specialized work in specific areas of Bible study. The Psalms and Proverbs explorers are specifically designed for exploring those books, and they feature original scholarship fully integrated into the tools. This is just the start of a series of new tools for going deeper in your Bible study.

The new Factbook connects the new datasets, tagging, and rich media, and it’s just one of dozens of significant improvements to the user interface.

We are so excited about Logos 6 because it manages to answer many requests and suggestions from our users while still delivering an incredible amount of new content and innovative features. It is at once a must-have upgrade and a whole new product to explore.

We hope you find it a useful tool in your study and ministry, and we welcome your feedback on how to make it even better.

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Logos-6-launch-3BP-Logos6Be among the first to experience Logos 6: go to Logos.com/6 to get it today!

Study the Book of Acts with the Experts

mobile-ed-studies-in-acts-bundleWhat was it like to be among the first Christians? The book of Acts documents this dynamic and monumental period of our history, the implications of which are far reaching for life and ministry. What were the issues which drove the early Church? What role did missions play in their lives? What does this book reveal to us about God?

In the three-course Mobile Ed: Studies in Acts Bundle, top experts in this field will guide you in exploring these questions and many more. You’ll look at the role of the Holy Spirit as the main actor in the book of Acts and explore important themes like ethnic reconciliation, evangelism, and missions.

With this course under your belt, your preaching, teaching, and study will be taken to a new level, as you can compare the early Church to today’s church, drawing out relevant application points and learning from the first Christians.

Learning in Logos Bible Software

With the Mobile Ed: Studies in Acts Bundle, you’ll get high-quality video teaching right in your Logos software, paired with word-for-word transcripts to help you follow along and find what you’re looking for.

These courses are built with you in mind, and they’re flexible to meet your needs. Whether you want a structured course experience or guides for casual study, Logos Mobile Education is what you’re looking for. And as you add these courses on Acts to your library, they’ll even act within Logos as enhanced commentaries that you can reference for sermon prep or personal study.

Individual courses

This bundle features three courses, including transcripts, self-tests and quizzes, associated readings, and 11 hours of video teaching.

World-class teachers

As you embark on a study of the book of Acts, you would be hard-pressed to find better teachers and guides than you will get with this course.

Dr. Craig Keener is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, and he has authored many important volumes, including The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, and the two-volume Acts: An Exegetical Commentary.

Dr. Lynn Cohick is professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, and she has spent decades studying Christian life in the early Church as well as the New Testament as a whole, Paul of Tarsus in particular. She is an expert at understanding the New Testament’s sociohistorical backgrounds, and she’s the author of several titles, including the acclaimed Ephesians volume in the New Covenant Commentary Series.

And Dr. Darrell Bock is professor of New Testament studies and professor of spiritual development and culture at Dallas Theological Seminary. He serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today and has written many books, including NIVAC: Luke and the commentaries on Luke and Acts in the Baker Exegetical Commentary Series.

With these experts at your side, you are sure to learn much about Acts and how to study and apply what you learn.

Save 39% for a limited time!

For a limited time you can pre-order these courses on Acts and save 39% off the regular price. Don’t wait—pre-order your courses today!

When You Want to Yell at God: Introducing the Transformative Word Series

Lexham Press is proud to announce our new Transformative Word series—and the first volume, When You Want to Yell at God: The Book of Job, is now available on Pre-Pub!

The Bible is read and experienced diversely around the world. The New Testament has been translated in over 1,000 languages (and counting). Each culture brings a unique lens to the Bible. These perspectives are important, but we rarely get the chance to see them. Because of language barrier and distance, we have limited access. The Transformative Word series is designed to help illuminate these perspectives.

We’ve enlisted church leaders and scholars from around the globe to show us the transformative significance of each biblical book. Each contributor will write in their native language, and their book will be translated and published in multiple languages.

Our first book in the Transformative Word series is by series editor Craig Bartholomew. Bartholomew was born in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa, and he currently lives in Canada as a UK citizen. He has a PhD from the University of Bristol and is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Religion and Theology at Redeemer University College. He is also the author of Ecclesiastes in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series, an associate editor of the Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible, and the coauthor with Michael W. Goheen of The Drama of Scripture.

When You Want to Yell at God helps us see the book of Job with fresh eyes. Job’s story can be difficult to take in. Living a just and honorable life does not always guarantee blessing. Sometimes we are met with suffering instead. But by revealing Job as the height of biblical poetry, Bartholomew shows us that God is always faithful. Through Job, he shows us an inspiring and beautiful struggle that we can apply to our own lives.

Place your order and learn how Job’s story can transform your life.

We’ve already confirmed several books in this series, and the list continues to grow:

  • Gospel of Luke: Craig Bartholomew
  • Gospel of John: Nicolas Farelly
  • Acts: Mike Wagenman
  • 1 Peter: Ray David Glenn
  • Revelation: Matthew Emerson

Help get this series off the ground by ordering When You Want to Yell at God on Pre-Pub today!