The Dead Sea Scrolls: Discovery and Meaning – Biblical Archaeology Society


What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? Why are they important? Learn where the Scrolls were found and by whom, how they came to be acquired (some were even offered for sale through an ad in the Wall Street Journal!) and, most important, how they add to our knowledge of how the Bible was formed and how they illuminate our understanding of Christianity and Judaism.

Source: The Dead Sea Scrolls: Discovery and Meaning – Biblical Archaeology Society

Jihad bombing near Pyramids, 6 Egyptian police killed — Jihad Watch


Back in June, the Islamic State threatened to destroy the Pyramids. And in July 2015, the Islamic State’s caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said that destroying the monuments was a “religious duty.” “Cairo blast near pyramids kills 6 Egyptian police,” Associated Press, December 9, 2016: CAIRO — An explosion on a main Cairo thoroughfare killed six…

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Review: Telling God’s Story


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41vzn801m7l-_sx336_bo1204203200_Preben Vang is director if Doctoral Studies and professor of Christian Scriptures at George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas. Vang received his MDiv and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is the author of 1 Corinthians in the acclaimed Teach the Text series published by Baker. Terry G. Carter is associate dean and W. O. Vaught professor of Christian History and Ministry at Pruet School of Christian Studies. Carter also serves as chair of the department of Christian Ministry at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He received his MDiv and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is the author of Preaching God’s Word: A Hands-on Approach to Preparing, Developing, and Delivering the Sermon (with Scott Duvall and Danny Hays).

In this second edition of Telling God’s Story: The Biblical Narrative from Beginning to End, Vang and Carter bring a much needed visual-facelift to an…

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An Interview With Daniel Streett On Greek Pedagogy — JESUS + NOTHING = EVERYTHING


I interviewed Daniel Streett a few years ago on the “Living Language” approach to teaching Greek. I’m not sure what happened to the interview on my website, so I am reposting it here. Enjoy.TWH: What are the top three strengths to teaching Greek as a living language?DS: (1) It’s fun. The learning process is full…

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Search The Scriptures —Study 38 — John 19:17-37


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Study 38 From the Book of John: John 19:17-37798b3-search-the-srciptures

1. The story of the crucifixion is told in seven incidents, namely verses 17-18, 19-22, 23-24, 25-27, 28-29, 30, 31-37. How does each incident manifest some fresh aspect of the glory of the suffering Saviour?

2. Which scriptures are quoted in this portion as having found fulfillment in this hour? To which aspect of Jesus’s sufferings and of His saving work do they point?

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Advent Day 9-Blessed Virgin


Call to Witness

The Light of the Lord moves on from this scene,

His heavenly Spotlight leads us to a new character.

It shines down upon young girl in a room,

A virgin maiden is illuminated by God’s Light.

Who is this girl that we see in this scene,

What role does this maiden play in this heavenly drama?

Her name is Mary and she plays the greatest role of all,

She is the one who will bring Hope into all the world.

The angel appears to the maiden and greets her,

Mary is spoken to by  Gabriel.

She is in awe at the sight of the heavenly messenger,

But the divine herald assures her fears.

He proclaims to the virgin that she will have a child,

A promise of a Son does Gabriel declare to her.

He declares that He will bring Hope into the world,

At His birth, the Promise of…

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A Different World: Teaching Americans about European History — Anxious Bench


I have often taught courses focused on Europe, or in which Europe plays a substantial role (for instance, about the Second World War). Through the years, I have identified common themes where students need some help and additional explanation, and I usually introduce these in my first couple of sessions. I offer some of the…

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Immigration Can Kill the Democrat Party — Sultan Knish


The specter of identity politics is haunting the left. It shows up at teary-eyed election parties in Berkeley, debates over craft beers in Williamsburg and the editorial pages of the big opinion shaper papers.No less an icon of the left than Bernie Sanders has been grumbling that his movement needs to reconnect with working people…

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The Bible’s (Six?) Principles of Economy — Jesus Creed


To study what the Bible “says” about the economy and about finances is to enter into a field fraught with two major challenges: first, the radical difference between those economies in the Bible times (we are dealing here with possible two millennia, and one must at least ponder whether what is said to a covenant…

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