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Difficult Bible Passages: Jude 14-15

Aug 23, 2019

How are we to understand NT writers quoting from non-inspired books?

The reason for the difficulty of this passage centres on the issue of the divine inspiration of non-biblical books. Jude quotes from the apocryphal book of Enoch. So the

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On the Apocryphal Books

Aug 18, 2019

Why do some Bibles differ in terms of the number of books they include?

Just today I had this comment sent in to my website (obviously by a Catholic): “According to the Bible I read, it has 46 books in

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General Principles of Biblical Interpretation

Jul 14, 2019

All Christians should be aware of the overriding importance of rightly handling the Word of God. So much harm to the church and to individual Christians has occurred when we do not carefully and properly interpret the Scriptures. Heresies and

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On Hermeneutics

Jul 12, 2019

On who? Hermeneutics is simply the practice or discipline of interpretation. Biblical hermeneutics – which is what I discuss here – is about the basic principles of biblical interpretation. In one sense the Bible is like any other book, and

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Bible Study Helps: Numbers

Feb 5, 2019

The fourth book of the Pentateuch is directly related to the books preceding it and following it. In Exodus God delivers the Israelites from Egyptian oppression and gives them the law at Mount Sinai. Leviticus looks at these laws in

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Bible Study Helps: Leviticus

Jan 26, 2019

The third book of the Pentateuch is one often ignored and overlooked by Christians, but it is an important part of God’s revelation to us. Jesus for example directly quotes from it (Mark 12:31 – Lev. 19:18), and various New

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The Bible, and More or Less of Moore

Jan 12, 2019

OK, a few quick confessions: I know very little about American Bible teacher Beth Moore, and up till this point I have not had a desire to learn more. Thus when a little storm erupted recently on the social media

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Bible Study Helps: Revelation

Dec 26, 2018

The 66th and final book of the Bible is also the most mysterious and enigmatic of them all. Also called the Apocalypse, it has three main genres. Besides of course being a letter, it is also comprised of apocalyptic and

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Bible Study Helps: The Epistles of John

Dec 19, 2018

As we come to the close of the New Testament we find these three short but important letters by John (authorship is disputed, but likely all three were penned by the same John who penned the fourth gospel). These epistles

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Bible Study Helps: 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude

Dec 18, 2018

These three letters (along with John’s letters – see my next article in this series) form the penultimate portion of the New Testament, with only Revelation left to round things off. The short epistle of Jude (just 25 verses), is

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Bible Study Helps: Hebrews and James

Dec 16, 2018

After the four gospels, the book of Acts, and the thirteen Pauline epistles, we come to the final nine books of the New Testament. The first two of these are Hebrews and James. Both are very important inclusions in the

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Bible Study Helps: The Pastoral Epistles

Dec 14, 2018

The three letters that we refer to as the Pastoral Epistles are 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. That specific term has only been around for several hundred years, and it might be somewhat misleading. All of Paul’s letters have

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Bible Study Helps: Philippians and Colossians

Dec 7, 2018

These two shorter epistles by Paul (four chapters each) are very important parts of the New Testament. They feature a number of important truths and practical instructions. Both letters were most likely penned by Paul in the early 60s while

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Bible Study Helps: Galatians and Ephesians

Nov 18, 2018

As mentioned in this series, all up the Apostle Paul wrote 13 canonical letters, making up almost half of the New Testament. These are two very important epistles of Paul. Although brief (six chapters each) they contain crucial Christian truths

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