What’s the Deal with All That Circumcision in the Bible?

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Circumcision is mentioned nearly 100 times in the Bible. It is a central focus for Old Testament and New Testament theology (Rom 4:9–12; Gal 2:1–12; 5:1–10).

If we’re honest, that just sounds absurd.

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6 Can’t-Miss Commentaries on Sale This Month Only

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There are just four days left to save up to 50% on church history, theology, and biblical studies resources in the March monthly sale. And if you’re ready to give a boost to your commentary collection, check out these can’t-miss deals before they disappear:

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4 Days Left to Get Your Free Devotional!

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On Easter, Jesus struck a staggering blow. Death is on its last legs, breathing its last rasping breaths. With all of creation, we await the day it stumbles into its grave at last and Jesus ushers in the renewed creation.

But the resurrection didn’t just change history, it shapes our everyday. We don’t live under the dominion of death; as believers, we have tasted the future of resurrection. Ours is a risen existence.

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How to Close All Panels at Once Inside Logos

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Logos Bible Software 7.5 recently released and it contains a small but powerful new icon that’s easy to miss unless you’re looking for it.

In the upper right of the program, between the Layouts menu and the Help icon, you’ll now see an X icon which executes the command Close All. (A)

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Fortress Press Deals Are Going Away

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This is your last chance to get 30% off the Hermeneia and Continental Commentaries (69 vols.) and four other collections in this month’s Publisher Spotlight.

Not sure where to start? Here’s a rundown of featured products in the Spotlight.

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What If I’m Wrong? Confronting Doubts about the Christian Faith

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This post is adapted from the transcript of Dr. Mike Licona’s Mobile Ed course Philosophy of History (CS151).

Toward the end of my graduate work, I started to have questions about my faith. It wasn’t because I’d heard some arguments against Christianity. To be honest with you, at that point I wasn’t even exposed to too many folks who weren’t Christians.

But I wondered, “How do I really know that Christianity is true?” I had been brought up in a Christian family, in a nation that is pretty much Christian, at least by name, and I had only really been exposed to the Christian worldview. I had heard about other worldviews like Islam and Buddhism and Hinduism and atheism, but I really just didn’t know too much about them.

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Visualize the Bible in a Whole New Way

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For modern readers of the Bible, studying the ancient context of the text can be extremely difficult. There are so many unfamiliar details that get lost in translation. Cultural concepts that would have been woven into the fabric of these ancient societies are foreign to us. Massive structures like the temple in Jerusalem must be pieced together in our minds using only the descriptions found in the text.

When we’re able to visualize these things—whether they’re an abstract concept or a physical object—they come alive.

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Douglas Moo or F.F. Bruce? Crown the LMM Champion!

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After weeks of intense competition, only two authors remain in this year’s Logos March Madness. You’ve made your voice heard, and now F.F. Bruce must face Douglas Moo in one final bout.

You have until March 31 to cast your ballot and crown the Logos March Madness 2017 champion. Go to LogosMarchMadness.com to vote now, and don’t miss the best deals available in Logos March Madness so far:

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Martin Luther’s Legacy Lives on in This New Documentary

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It’s been half a millennium since Martin Luther struck the spark that lit the fire of Reformation across the world. Much has changed since that revolutionary act, but one thing is certain: we are living in the legacy of Luther.

In the new documentary Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer, filmmaker Stephen McCaskell walks us through the key events that shaped the life of the man who has shaped the modern church. Get an up-close look at someone who, despite his flaws and missteps, was used to preserve the gospel of grace.

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Biblical Studies & the Myth of Neutrality

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Neutrality is a myth.

Put in biblical terms, either you love the Lord or you don’t. Every thought you think, every choice you make, every word you say, flows from that heart and is determined by its fundamental direction, whether toward God or away from him. There are no fully objective human arbiters of opinion.

And yet even evangelicals who share this conviction sometimes slip into a mythological world in which neutrality is possible. I’ve developed a special highlighting style in Logos to mark these little slip-ups, because I just can’t let such statements go by without scrawling out my disapproval. (I’m an emotional reader, not just an analytical one.)

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