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In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture
In the Beginning
The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 0385722168

This fascinating history of a literary and religious masterpiece explores the forces that obstructed and ultimately led to the decision to create an authorized translation, the method of translation and printing, and the central role the King James version of the Bible played in the development of modern English.

In the sixteenth century, to attempt to translate the Bible into a common tongue wasn't just difficult, it was dangerous. A Bible in English threatened the power of the monarch and the Church. Early translators like Tyndale, whose work greatly influenced the King James, were hunted down and executed, but the demand for English Bibles continued to grow. Indeed it was the popularity of the Geneva Bible, with its anti-royalist content, that eventually forced James I to sanction his own, pro-monarchy, translation. Errors in early editions--one declared that "thou shalt commit adultery"--and Puritan preferences for the Geneva Bible initially hampered acceptance of the King James, but it went on to become the definitive English-language Bible. McGrath's history of the King James Bible's creation and influence is a worthy tribute to a great work and a joy to read.
A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus
A Marginal Jew
Rethinking the Historical Jesus
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385469934

The first two volumes of John Meier's monumental series, A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, attracted the attention of The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Christianity Today, and Commonweal, and are among the most popular and bestselling books in the Anchor Bible Reference Library. Employing the same meticulous scholarship and critical approach, John Meier continues his quest for authentic answers to questions about the historical Jesus in Volume III: Companions and Competitors.

Meier widens the spotlight from Jesus himself to encompass both his followers and such rival groups as the Pharisees and the Zealots. He shows that contrary to the popular image of Jesus as an egalitarian leader indifferent to structure, Jesus shaped his ministry with great care and consciously competed against rival religious and political movements.

Focusing on the Jewish nature of Jesus, Meier provides an important corrective to recent portraits that present Jesus in the sometimes dubious setting of Greco-Roman culture and clarifies Jesus' vision of preserving the identity of Israel and fulfilling its destiny. Like the previous books in the series, it will spark much discussion among scholars and general readers alike.

Dead Sea Scrolls Deception
Dead Sea Scrolls Deception
Paperback      ISBN: 0671797972

The oldest Biblical manuscripts in existence, the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in caves near Jerusalem in 1947, only to be kept a tightly held secret for nearly fifty more years, until the Huntington Library unleashed a storm of controversy in 1991 by releasing copies of the Scrolls. In this gripping investigation authors Baigent and Leigh set out to discover how a small coterie of orthodox biblical scholars gained control over the Scrolls, allowing access to no outsiders and issuing a strict "consensus" interpretation. The authors' questions begin in Israel, then lead them to the corridors of the Vatican and into the offices of the Inquisition. With the help of independent scholars, historical research, and careful analysis of available texts, the authors reveal what was at stake for these orthodox guardians: The Scrolls present startling insights into early Christianity -- insights that challenge the Church's version of the "facts." More than just a dramatic expos of the intrigues surrounding these priceless documents, The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception presents nothing less than a new, highly significant perspective on Christianity.

How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth
How People Grow
What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth
Hardcover      ISBN: 0310221536

This title reveals what the Bible teaches about the responsibilities of the church and the responsibilities of the individual. It also gives gatekeepers (pastors, recovery leaders, lay leaders, paraprofessionals) tools to help people resolve issues of relationships, maturity, emotional problems, and overall spiritual growth.

Perspectives Old and New on Paul: The
Perspectives Old and New on Paul
The "Lutheran" Paul and His Critics
Paperback      ISBN: 0802848095

Here, finally, is a much-needed review and analysis of the divergent interpretations of Paul. With a clear head and winsome sense of humor, Stephen Westerholm compares the traditional understanding of Paul to more recent readings, drawing on the writings of key figures in the debate both past and present.

Westerholm first offers a detailed portrait of the Lutheran Paul, including the way such theologians as Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and Wesley have traditionally interpreted justification by faith to mean that God declares sinners righteous by his grace apart from works. Westerholm then explores how Paul has fared in the twentieth century, in which New Perspective readings of Paul see him teaching that Gentiles need not become Jews or observe Jewish law to be God's people. The final section of the book looks anew at disputed areas of Paul's theological language and offers compelling discussion on the place of both justification by faith and Mosaic law in divine redemption.
Early Biblical Interpretation
Early Biblical Interpretation
Paperback      ISBN: 0664250130

This highly accessible book discusses how the early Jewish and Christian communities went about interpreting Scripture.

The Library of Early Christianity is a series of eight outstanding books exploring the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts in which the New Testament developed.

The Other Bible
The Other Bible
Paperback      ISBN: 0062500309

Gathered here for the first time in one comprehensive volume are excerpted ancient holy texts from Judeo-Christian traditions that were excluded from the official canon of the Old and New Testaments. The Other Bible is a unique sourcebook of essential selections from Jewish Psudepigrapha, early Kabbalah, Haggadah, Midrash, Christian Apocrypha, and Gnostic scriptures.

The Other Bible provides a rare opportunity to discover the poetic and narrative riches of this long-suppressed literature and experience firsthand its visionary discourses on the nature of God, humanity, the spiritual life, the world around us, and infinite worlds beyond this one.

Matthew 24-28 MacArthur New Testament Commentary
Matthew 24-28 MacArthur New Testament Commentary
Hardcover      ISBN: 080240765x

The Old Testament looked forward to the final King of kings who would bring everlasting salvation and peace. In his Gospel, Matthew demonstrates that Jesus Christ is that King, perfect in His eternal glory and majesty. As the King's ambassadors, Christians today will find in Matthew great motivation for heartfelt worship and service.

Join John MacArthur as he explains each verse of Matthew 24-28 in a way that is both doctrinally precise and intensely practical. Taking into account the cultural, theological, and Old Testament contexts of each passage, MacArthur tackles interpretive challenges and fairly evaluates differing views, giving the reader confidence in his conclusions.

The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series comes from the experience, wisdom, and insight of one of the most trusted ministry leaders and Bible scholars of our day. Each volume was written to be as comprehensive and accurate as possible, dealing thoroughly with every key phrase and word in the Scripture without being unnecessarily technical. This commentary will help to give a better, fuller, richer understanding of God's Word, while challenging the reader to a vibrant personal spiritual walk.

A great resource for pastors, teachers, leaders, students, or anyone desiring to dig deeper into Scripture

The Great Code the Bible and Literature
The Great Code the Bible and Literature
Paperback      ISBN: 0156027801

An examination of the influence of the Bible on Western art and literature and on the Western creative imagination in general. Frye persuasively presents the Bible as a unique text distinct from all other epics and sacred writings. "No one has set forth so clearly, so subtly, or with such cogent energy as Frye the literary aspect of our biblical heritage" (New York Times Book Review). Indices.

An Introduction to New Testament Christology
An Introduction to New Testament Christology
Paperback      ISBN: 0809135167

The leading U.S. Catholic scholar on the Bible explores the identity of Jesus in the New Testament.