What Does the Word ‘Faith’ Mean in Hebrews 11?

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This is a guest post by Andrew B. Perrin. assistant professor of religious studies and co-director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University. 

A few years ago I Googled “faith” and discovered that the top two hits were a George Michael video on YouTube, which made me chuckle, and a Wikipedia entry, which reads, “The precise understanding of the term ‘faith’ differs among the various Christian traditions.”

How can Christians differ on their view of faith? Isn’t faith a belief in Jesus’ death, resurrection and our subsequent salvation? Or does faith entail more than this, as Heb 11:1, the only place a definition of “faith” is provided in the New Testament, seems to indicate? For the author of Hebrews, “faith” is not just about a distant reality but about how our actions connect to that reality.

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The Championship Bout is Almost Over—Who Will Win?

2016_LMM_Vote-Championship_blog-headerLogos March Madness been a no-holds-barred brawl—there have been upsets, knockouts, and close calls. The madness has raged for 30 days, and tomorrow, it all comes to a head. The last men standing, N.T. Wright and J.I. Packer, are still battling for the title of Logos March Madness 2016 Champion. They’ve each gone toe-to-toe with five of theology’s finest, and each time they’ve come out on top as the fan favorite. But only one can win, and it’s time to choose—whose side are you on?

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The Hidden Influence That Shapes Your Interpretation of Scripture

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When we read the Bible, we bring a whole host of ideas and assumptions to the text that have been filtered down to us through two-thousand years of biblical interpretation. Of course, it doesn’t feel that way— we’re just reading, interpreting, and applying biblical passages to our lives. We probably aren’t thinking about how Luther might have interpreted this passage or how Origen would have read this verse.

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Save 50% on the Gospel Transformation Bible Notes

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When you study Scripture day in and day out, it’s all too easy to lose sight of of God’s transforming grace. But the Bible isn’t a collection of moralistic fables or a litany of sterile commands; as the editors of the Gospel Transformation Bible put it, Scripture presents a unified message of God’s grace, culminating in Jesus.

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How to Save Bible Search Results to a Note File

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Recently, a Logos user emailed the following scenario to me:

I executed a Bible Search. How do I copy/paste all of the verses, which appear in the search results, into a note file?

Excellent question! To discover a solution, let’s carefully walk through a specific example:

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Save 50% on Select Works by Darrell Bock and I. Howard Marshall

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Round 5 of Logos March Madness has ended and the discount is bigger than ever. While N.T. Wright and J.I. Packer duke it out in the championship, you can get great resources by Darrell Bock and I. Howard Marshall—including the IVP New Testament Commentary on Luke and the ICC volume on the Pastoral Epistlesall for half off!

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The Passage That Predicted the Resurrection 500 Years Before It Happened

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On the road to Emmaus, Jesus says: “O foolish and slow in heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ suffer these things and enter into his glory?” (Luke 24:25–26 LEB). But what prophecy is Jesus referencing from “the prophets”? Most likely—the suffering servant in Isaiah.

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6 Great Commentaries Under $30

Build Your Library with March's Deals!

If you use Logos, odds are you love commentaries. The monthly sale is always a great way to add commentaries to your library, with savings on both commentary collections and individual volumes from popular series. And if you’re looking for insightful biblical analysis at a low price, these six deals are perfect for you.

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Adapting Scripture for the Screen: An Interview with Mike Peckham of ‘The Jesus Film’

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This Easter season saw the release of two major films about Jesus: The Young Messiah, based on Anne Rice’s 2005 novelization of Jesus’ earliest years, and Risen, a biblical epic recast as a historical mystery starring Joseph Feinnes. Depicting biblical stories on the screen is always a risky business, as the creators of ABC’s controversial Of Kings and Prophets learned when that show was abruptly cancelled early this week. Whatever its theological pitfalls, and whatever the critical consensus, any new film adaptation of the life of Christ probably won’t become the most-watched film of all time.

That honor goes to another movie about Jesus.

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Last chance to get Finish the Mission for $1.99!

Blog Image 1 Last chanceJohn Piper’s groundbreaking resource Look at the Book is free through the month of March, and guess what? It’s going to stay that way. That’s right—the Logos edition of Piper’s hit Look at the Book will be a free download for the foreseeable future!

One might think, “Well, no hurry then; after March I can still get this excellent resource for free!” That’s true, but there’s still one deal you don’t want to miss: the March plus-one, Finish the Mission, is $1.99 through March 31—but that deal disappears in seven days.

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