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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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Bible Study Helps: Corinthians

Nov 15, 2018

The two lengthy letters Paul wrote to the believers at Corinth are very important parts of our New Testament. Both letters were likely penned in the mid-50s by Paul. They stem from his earlier time of ministry with them –

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Bible Study Helps: Romans

Nov 13, 2018

The book of Romans is in many ways the magnum opus of the Apostle Paul. In its 16 chapters so many vital Christian truths and teachings are to be found. And its impact throughout Christian history has been immense. At

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Bible Study Helps: Paul

Oct 9, 2018

The Apostle Paul is a major figure in the New Testament. He is the author of 13 of the 29 books found in the New Testament. His importance cannot be overstated. His life and activities make up a major portion

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Bible Study Helps: The Synoptic Gospels

Sep 25, 2018

The first three gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – are known as the synoptic gospels, and they share a number of similarities. However, the three also differ in major ways from John’s gospel. Indeed, much of what is found

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Bible Study Helps: The Old Testament

Sep 16, 2018

The importance of the Old Testament for believers today cannot be overstated. But neither can it be overstated how often and how much the OT is ignored by contemporary Christians. This is a tragedy, and a long-standing one. Back in

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Bible Study Helps: The Minor Prophets

Sep 15, 2018

In this series on study tools on the entire Bible we now come to the final twelve Old Testament books – the Minor Prophets. These prophetic books are certainly not minor in terms of importance, but only in terms of

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23 More Recent Theological Titles

Aug 11, 2018

New theology titles keep pouring from the presses, and it is hard to keep up with everything that is out there. A few months ago I offered a list of 23 newish books on theology that I was reading. That

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