A Theological Treatise on Agape Love

Need some Valentine's Day wisdom? Donald Bloesch—the beloved American theologian—catalogs his thoughts on biblical love in the following excerpt from The Paradox of Holiness. These paragraphs are taken from the beginning of the chapter dedicated to the subject of agape love. Let this whet your appetite for more of Bloesch's thoughtful musings on God and … Continue reading A Theological Treatise on Agape Love

A Conversation about Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook

If you study Biblical Aramaic and haven’t yet gotten a chance to explore this new handbook, you’re in luck. We sat down with Amy Paulsen-Reed, one of the editors, so she can tell us more about the book and how it was put together. But first, a bit about the book. Biblical Aramaic: A Reader … Continue reading A Conversation about Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook

Five Hundred Years Later, Does the Reformation Still Matter?

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director, Hendrickson Publishers As we kick off the yearlong commemoration of the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, it’s good to pause and revisit those church- and world-shaking events that continued long after Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to that famous door (so the story goes) on October 31, 1517. … Continue reading Five Hundred Years Later, Does the Reformation Still Matter?

How to Expand Your Small Groups Ministry: An Interview with the Author of Exponential Groups

Allen White, author of Exponential Groups, generously agreed to answer a few of our questions about his book in the below video! Watch and be inspired to take your small group ministry to the next level. Interested in listening to a particular question? Here's an overview of the interview: About Allen White: 0:00-0:55 Who is Exponential … Continue reading How to Expand Your Small Groups Ministry: An Interview with the Author of Exponential Groups

Excerpt from Exponential Groups by Allen White

To celebrate the release of Exponential Groups on February 1st, we're happy to provide you with the introduction to this eye-opening book about expanding small group ministries. Readers of Exponential Groups will learn how to connect their "unconnected" members into community, recruit the group leaders needed to connect and grow their congregation, coach group leaders … Continue reading Excerpt from Exponential Groups by Allen White

9 Things You Need to Know about The Complete Jewish Study Bible

Rabbi Barry Rubin, the general editor of The Complete Jewish Study Bible, has so generously agreed to answer a few of our questions about this revolutionary Bible. However, before we get to those, here is small excerpt in Rabbi Rubin's own words from the introduction of the CJSB: You hold in your hands a book … Continue reading 9 Things You Need to Know about The Complete Jewish Study Bible

Exploring Psalm 19: A Q & A with T.A. Perry

With his characteristically engaging writing style that couples detailed exegesis with philosophical meditation, professor and author T.A. Perry interacts with the Psalms from a Jewish perspective in his newest book, Psalm 19: Hymn of Unification. Perry's intensive and guided reading of Psalm 19 advances his thesis that Psalm 19 presents a vision of "universal unification" … Continue reading Exploring Psalm 19: A Q & A with T.A. Perry

Video: What is Designed for Good about?

Kevin J. Brown's Designed for Good is a study of classical virtue ethics from a Christian perspective. This book shows Christians that their faith contains resources to help them recover the idea of virtue in the face of our modern moral bewilderment. Although we may not realize it, we live in a world that is … Continue reading Video: What is Designed for Good about?

Dictionary of Daily Life—A Great 4-Volume Set

Read Jimmy Reagan’s review of the entire boxed set of the Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity!

The Reagan Review

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Finally, this wonderful set is complete in four volumes. It took years to put together and the volumes have been released over the course of a couple years or so, but now this fun resource edited by the outstanding scholars Edwin Yamauchi and Marvin Wilson is available to us.

Why secure this set compared to so many others on the market? It’s really two things: 1) the unique approach, and 2) the valuable, scholarly, and well-written entries.

This dictionary did not limit itself to Bible words only, but to subjects as they occur to us. The value there is making accessible Bible times in a way that overcomes our cultural biases. Think of something that you would really like to know and I suspect you will find an entry on it.

You may read a line that you disagree with, but there’s enough depth to really wrestle with the subject…

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Book Review: An Introduction To Ugaritic

An Introduction to UgariticRead Nathan Albright’s review of An Introduction to Ugaritic by John Huehnergard!

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An Introduction To Ugaritic, by John Huehnergard

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Hendrickson Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

What would lead someone to want to introduce themselves to Ugaritic, an extinct member of the Semitic language family that was spoken and, for at least a couple generations, written in an unusual cuneiform alphabet in the city of Ugarit on the coast of present-day Syria?  For one, the language itself is fairly similar to biblical Hebrew and not that much more distant from Arabic, and contains a great deal of influence from Akkadian, the first known written Semitic language.  For another, although most known Ugaritic texts are either letters from elites, legal texts, or heathen religious writings about Baal and other false gods, the language does help explain some difficult passages within biblical Hebrew and also provides some of the context of the heathen…

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