Why Were Mary and Joseph Amazed by Simeon’s Words?

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According to Luke 2:22, a few weeks after Jesus’ birth, Joseph and Mary presented him at the temple according to the Law of Moses. While there, Simeon uttered some very profound words regarding Jesus. Then Luke 2:33 states: And his father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about him (NASB).

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Last Day to Save up to 75%!

This is it: your last chance to save on some of the biggest deals of the year. Our Christmas sale is coming to a close at midnight tonight. Act now to save up to 75% on resources from Karl Barth, Tim Keller, D.A. Carson, Charles Spurgeon, and more!

Here are just a few highlights you don’t want to pass up.

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What If People Really Studied Their Bibles in 2017?

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We all know the most respectable New Year’s resolution a Christian can make is “Read the Bible every day.” What if this year we didn’t just resolve to do it, but we actually did it?

Logos Bible Software is here to help you turn your resolution into reality. The Logos Pro team has put together a brand new, free 30-day course in which we’ll show you how to study Jonah 1:1–16 using the powerful tools in Logos. Thirty free videos, three simple steps: Observe, Interpret, Apply.

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Get a Free Daily Devotional to Help You Look Closer at Scripture All Year Long

gfgm2hcq92s-aaron-burdenThroughout this Christmas season, we’ve been encouraging Christians to commit to look closer at God’s Word. We believe Scripture has the power to open our eyes to the wonder and power of the Christmas story.

That commitment to looking closer doesn’t have to end with the conclusion of the Christmas season. The start of the new year is the perfect opportunity to commit (or recommit!) to making Bible study a daily habit. As you meditate on the Word of God, new insights and reflections will be illuminated as you immerse your daily life with Scripture.

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A Global Message and a Personal God: Understanding the Book of Daniel

danielThe fiery furnace and the lions’ den; a disembodied hand writing on the wall; four ghoulish beasts rising out of a churning sea; the Ancient of Days and a flaming throne with 10,000 angels around it.

The book of Daniel is an attention-grabber with its compelling stories and shocking visions of the future. If all this weren’t enough, the book also features God-fearing characters who provide shining examples of how to live in a culture that opposes exclusive faith in God. It is no wonder that the book of Daniel is a favorite of so many people.

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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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