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Christians talk frequently about the Bible, yet they do not always have an informed and wide-ranging understanding of varied Christian views about its nature. Don Thorsen and Keith Reeves combine their biblical and theological knowledge to create such a unique introduction to the Bible. This book not only provides an introduction to the interpretation of the Bible but also to the history and theological understanding behind it, equipping students to think critically about their own tradition's approach to Scripture. It is perfect as a supplemental textbook in both introductory biblical studies and theology courses, but it will also be of interest to adult education classes.

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Genre : Religion
Author : Don Thorsen
Publisher : Baker Books
Release : 2012-08-15
File : 224 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781441238733

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This concise introduction to the basics of the history, interpretation, and theological understandings of the Bible equips students to think critically about their own approach to Scripture.

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Genre : Religion
Author : Don Thorsen
Publisher : Baker Books
Release : 2012-08-15
File : 224 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0801048311

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This book offers a biblical and historical summary of a general theology that affirms the unity of the various confessions as well as the validity of diversity in matters of secondary importance.

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Genre : Religion
Author : Alan F. Johnson
Publisher : Zondervan
Release : 1993
File : 480 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780310367215

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Many people today, both Christians and non-Christians, are confused about or unaware of the essentials of Christian faith. In this book, Anna Wierzbicka takes a radically new approach to the task of communicating "what Christians believe" to the widest possible audience. "The Story of God and People," the heart of the book, sets out the core tenets of Christian faith in narrative form using simple language that is accessible to anyone, even those with no familiarity with Christianity or Christian vocabulary. The Story is not only simple but also universal: though written in English, it is not phrased in full English--English as we know it today, shaped by history, culture, and tradition--but in "Minimal English." Minimal English contains only those 400 or so English words that can be translated into any other language; essentially, it corresponds to the shared core of all languages. In the introduction to the book, Wierzbicka explains Minimal English and minimal languages in general, and in "The Story of God and People" that follows, she demonstrates the effectiveness of Minimal English as a tool for global understanding. At the same time, the use of Minimal English allows her not only to retell the Christian story in a strikingly new way, but also to rethink its meaning, bringing into relief its internal cohesion, logic and beauty.

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Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
Author : Anna Wierzbicka
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2019-02-28
File : 224 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780190855291

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"Magisterial. . . . A learned, brilliant and enjoyable study."—Géza Vermès, Times Literary Supplement In this exciting book, Paula Fredriksen explains the variety of New Testament images of Jesus by exploring the ways that the new Christian communities interpreted his mission and message in light of the delay of the Kingdom he had preached. This edition includes an introduction reviews the most recent scholarship on Jesus and its implications for both history and theology. "Brilliant and lucidly written, full of original and fascinating insights."—Reginald H. Fuller, Journal of the American Academy of Religion "This is a first-rate work of a first-rate historian."—James D. Tabor, Journal of Religion "Fredriksen confronts her documents—principally the writings of the New Testament—as an archaeologist would an especially rich complex site. With great care she distinguishes the literary images from historical fact. As she does so, she explains the images of Jesus in terms of the strategies and purposes of the writers Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John."—Thomas D’Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor

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Genre : Religion
Author : Paula Fredriksen
Publisher : Yale University Press
Release : 2008-10-01
File : 288 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780300164107

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The King James Bible for ebook readers, desktops, tablets and phones. Including Old Testament and New Testament, this is a wonderful tool that keeps the scriptures at your fingertips. The translation that became the Authorized King James Bible was begun in 1604 and in 1611 was published by the Church of England, under the direction of King James. The translation was done by forty-seven Church of England scholars, the New Testament coming from the Greek Textus Receptus (Received Text), the Old Testament from the Masoretic Hebrew text, and the Apocrypha from the Greek Septuagint (LXX), except for two Esdras from the Latin Vulgate.

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Genre : Religion
Author : Anonymous
Publisher : The Floating Press
Release : 2009-01-01
File : 2778 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781775411994

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What Christians Believe At a Glance - Explains basic Christian beliefs in an easy to understand way What Christians Believe At a Glance examines 16 essential Christian doctrines, including the Trinity, the claims of Jesus, resurrection, salvation, and heaven, and also looks at the Apostles' Creed and Nicene Creed. What Christians Believe At a Glance includes charts that compares 12 Christian denominations, the two most common methods of baptism, heaven, and the four Christian views of the End Times in the Book of Revelation. Includes a 6 week study guide for individual or group use. Chapters in What Christians Believe At a Glance include: •Essential Doctrines - the 16 key beliefs Christians hold. •Creeds - These simple summary statements were the early Church's way of training new believers, and helping them discern truth from error. •The Trinity - Simple explanation, plus answers to questions. Includes diagrams, illustrations, and ways of helping people understand what the Trinity is--and isn't. •Life of Jesus - His claims, his miracles, his death, resurrection, ascension, and Second Coming. This covers the key biblical passages. Includes a time line and a map of Jesus' travels. •Denominations Comparison - Helpful side-by-side comparison of the beliefs of 12 Christian church groups on God, Scripture, Church structure, founder, date, and more. Shows where they are unified and where they diverge. •Baptism - Covers Jesus' command to be baptized, the symbolism in Scripture for baptism, what to expect when being baptized. Includes the most common types of baptism and what biblical basis and symbolism is being emphasized. •Understanding the Book of Revelation - Shows four approaches that serious Christians have taken to this book over the past 2000 years. This side-by-side comparison helps Christians focus on Christ--the beginning and the end. •Heaven - Compares the popular views of Heaven in the media with the actual passages in Scripture. Very encouraging to know about this place of joy, restoration, and healing. What Christians Believe At a Glance is ideal for: •Discipleship - for individuals or groups •Intro to Christianity - for new believers or a refresher course •Confirmation classes •Pre-baptism or Baptism prep •Homeschooling •Sunday school •Home fellowship •Small group

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Genre : Religion
Author : Rose Publishing
Publisher : Rose Publishing Inc
Release : 2013-12-10
File : 120 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781628620764

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This introduction to Christian theology explores the whole Christian tradition in a simple and straightforward way. Leading Wesleyan theologian Don Thorsen surveys the theological views represented within historic Christianity and discusses the variety of positions held without favoring one over another. The book includes helpful end-of-chapter questions for further reflection and discussion, a convenient glossary of theological terms, and sidebars. The second edition is marked by a thorough updating of the text and the addition of two new chapters on apologetics and the future of the unevangelized.

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Genre : Religion
Author : Don Thorsen
Publisher : Baker Academic
Release : 2020-04-21
File : 448 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781493422463

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Addressing such myths as faith can fix anything, forgiving means forgetting, and a godly home guarantees good kids, Osborne explores the greater truths they obscure.

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Genre : Religion
Author : Larry Osborne
Publisher : Multnomah
Release : 2009
File : 205 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781601421500

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Teach your students the basics of English and the basics of the faith at the same time! What Christians Believe is a Bible study in simple English, specifically designed for people who are learning the language. Chapters titles include:Sin is disobeying GodJesus Christ is our perfect sacrificeGod forgives our sinsJesus Christ is GodJesus died, yet livesHow to become a ChristianAnd much more!What Christians Believe also includes teaching resources, such as:Word lists at the end of each chapter, with vocabulary words definedFill-in-the-blank exercises for students in each chapterAnswers to questions and additional scripture referencesTips for teaching ESL.

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Genre : Religion
Author : J. Wesley Eby
Publisher :
Release : 2003-06-01
File : 56 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0834120615

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