3 Days Left to Save on Barth, Spurgeon, Anchor Yale Bible, & More

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Stock up for the new year with savings on resources that will help you uncover the wonder of the Word. This Christmas season, we’ve been featuring great deals on resources by some of our most popular authors.

Christmas may have come and gone, but you still have a few days left to save—but not very many! Christmas deals disappear on December 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Here are five deals from celebrated authors and teachers you don’t want to miss.

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Should Differences in Biblical Manuscripts Scare Christians?

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Many Christians are troubled by differences in wording among various Greek New Testament texts: The Bible has scribal errors in it? Then how can I be sure what I’m reading is God’s word?

I have taught New Testament Introduction to beginning seminary students for many years, and I’ve come to realize that there’s a simple path to clarity and comfort regarding this issue—simpler than diving into excessively complicated details about ancient manuscripts written in languages few Christians have the training or experience to assess reliably.

Here are three reasons Christians should not be troubled by textual variants.

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Last Chance to Get Two Books on Psalms & Proverbs for under $2!

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Psalms and Proverbs are wells of refreshment and spiritual encouragement for Christians. Few biblical books include so many memorable passages or deliver such penetrating spiritual insight in just a few poetic lines.

But learning to properly read and interpret these books isn’t as straightforward as it seems. In fact, the beauty of their language and the familiarity of their content can lead us into any number of interpretive pitfalls: cherry-picking verses, interpreting out of context, or ignoring their place within the canon and the trajectory of redemptive history.

What’s more, a closer look at those familiar passages (“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death”; “Blessed is the man who does not walk with the wicked”; take your pick . . .) can yield far more powerful discoveries than a cursory glance could ever afford.

But to to truly uncover the riches these familiar books, we must do something more radical than simply spending more time with them, or reading yet another commentary passage.

We need to go back to the beginning. We need to learn again how to read them.

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December Deals You Shouldn’t Miss

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December’s monthly sale ends soon—if you’ve been waiting to shop the deals, don’t wait any longer. And if you’re not sure where to start, check out the four biggest savings:

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What Does “There Was No Room in the Inn” Mean?

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In last week’s blog post I referenced the Faithlife video, How Accurate Is the Modern Nativity Scene?, in which the teacher said the word translated inn in Luke 2:7 also referenced the upper room where Jesus and the apostles celebrated the Passover.

How did he discover that information?

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One Week Left to Save up to 75% with Christmas Deals

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Christmas may be over, but there’s still time to save on resources to help you uncover the wonder of the Word. We’ve discounted over 130 Bible study resources: from commentaries and reference works, to theology, Mobile Ed courses, and even print books (perfect for any belated Christmas gifts)!

There are just seven days left to take advantage of these savings. Here are a few highlights you don’t want to miss.

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Reflect on These 5 Inspirational Christmas Quotations

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With Christmas just a few days away, all the preparations should be complete. The tree has been decorated, the stockings hung, the presents wrapped, and all the dinners planned. Amidst all these arrangements, take a moment to pause and reflect on the Christmas story.

This Christmas, we’ve been encouraging Christians around the world to look closer at God’s Word. Because when we study it, reflect on it, and meditate on it, we can get fresh insight and discover new meaning within this familiar story.

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5 Can’t-Miss Courses to Guide Your Bible Study This Christmas

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This Christmas, we’re encouraging Christians to look closer at God’s Word—to be intentional about the time they spend in Scripture. Because when you spend a little extra time and effort looking closer at God’s Word, familiar stories come alive with details you’ve never noticed before, and God’s Word takes on new power.

One of the best ways to get a fresh look at God’s Word is to learn from those who’ve spent a lifetime studying it. Mobile Ed courses provide expert guidance for your journey through Scripture. They take you step-by-step through important issues on a score of biblical books, topics, people, themes, doctrines, and more. Each course is taught by a trusted scholar and includes fascinating video lectures, reading suggestions, reflection questions, and more.

Here are five Mobile Ed courses we recommend to lend you a little guidance for your journey through Scripture this season. (And each one is 30% for a limited time!)

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Overcome Those Awkward Silences in Your Small Group

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Nobody enjoys an awkward silence—especially when you’re trying to lead a Bible study of small group. Plenty of issues could derail the conversation: everything from the temperature of the room to the mix of personalities.

While there’s no sure-fire way to avoid the sound of crickets in your next group discussion, one thing’s certain: you need prayer, and you need a plan.

A Mobile Ed Video and FaithlifeTV+ Church Subscription can help you with the plan. From apologetics and evangelism to discipleship and leadership; documentaries and dramas to music and even kid shows, there are over 8,000 videos to help prompt an engaging and edifying discussion during your next group study.

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What Pop Music Can Teach Us about Interpreting Scripture

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“Let It Go” from Disney’s animated movie Frozen (2014) was and is a megahit. The melody is both powerful and catchy, and Idina Menzel can sing icicles off reindeers. The piece won the Oscar for best original song, reached the top five in the Billboard 100, and sold 10.9 million copies. It has now also achieved the status of Christmas song in Spotify playlists, as was written long ago by a prophet on Reddit.

But like some Oedipal monster, the pop song has eaten up the movie that gave it life. Because the Frozen story as a whole stands firmly against Elsa’s choice in that song. And this raises interesting questions about authorial intent in interpretation—both of pop music and of Scripture.

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