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If there's anything you want to know about life in first-century Jerusalem, you'll find it in Jeremias's classic study. Delving into economic and social conditions during New Testament times, he discusses industries, commerce, foreign influences, economic classes, social status, and more. His list of sources includes talmudic and Qumranic material, Josephus, Philo, and archaeological information. 405 pages, hardcover.

Current discussion of Islam in America tends toward two polar extremes. On one hand, some believe that Christianity is superior to Islam and that Muslims are warmongers. Conversely, others assert that all religions basically say the same thing and are peaceable. Theologian and critically acclaimed author Lee Camp argues that both these extremes are wrong.

He introduces Christian and Islamic views on war and peacemaking and examines Christian and non-Christian terrorism to help readers confront their own prejudices. Camp shatters misconceptions about religious violence, arguing that American Christians often opt for an ethic that has more in common with the story of Muhammad than with the story of Jesus. This book shows readers how to respond faithfully and intelligently to Muslims in today's world as well as to the New Atheists who suppose that all religion is inherently violent. It provides balanced teaching on war and peacemaking, offering hope for reconciliation in a post-9/11 world.

Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology is now available in paperback. The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categories such as the Word of God, redemption, and Jesus Christ. This introductory textbook on systematic theology has several distinctive features:

  • A strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine and teaching
  • Clear writing, with technical terms kept to a minimum
  • A contemporary approach, treating subjects of special interest to the church today
  • A friendly tone, appealing to the emotions and the spirit as well as the intellect
  • Questions for personal application at the end of each chapter
  • Resources for worship with each topic
  • Bibliographies with each chapter that cross-reference subjects to a wide range of other systematic theologies

This is the only complete interlinear Bible available in English and is also on one convenient volume. This interlinear is keyed to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance. Interlinears are a time-saving tool for you to research the subtle nuances and layers of meaning within the original biblical languages and this one features the complete Hebrew and Greek texts with a direct English rendering below each word, and it also includes The Literal Translation of the Bible in the outside column. Strong's numbers are printed directly above the Hebrew and Greek words which enables you to easily access a wealth of language reference works that are also keyed to Strong's such as Greek/Hebrew dictionaries, analytical lexicons, concordances, word studies, and more even if you do not know Greek and Hebrew. The Hebrew is based on the Masoretic Text and the Greek is from the Textus Receptus. The sources of the texts are documented in the preface, and are essentially the same (with some minor variations) to the Hebrew and Greek texts used by the KJV translators.

This updated edition of Bruce Shelley's classic text Church History in Plain Language includes new developments within the church and its 20th Century missionary programs, discusses the impact of emerging technologies on the gospel, and explores the explosive growth of Christianity in the third world. But it also covers everything that came before--from Jesus to the martyrs, the martyrs to Augustine, and on down to the Reformation and, of course, the present day.

Incredibly reader-friendly, Shelley's book edifies, teaches and provides a clear window into the eventful history of the Christian church.

  1. Romans, 2 Volumes
    Romans, 2 Volumes
    Donald Grey Barnhouse
    5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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Formerly published as a four-volume set by Eerdmans, CBD now brings Barnhouse's classic commentary Romans back to life in this handsome two-volume set.

Using his own translation, Barnhouse provides a comprehensive exegetical treatment of Paul's letter to the Romans that is renowned for its depth of insight, yet highly accessible to all readers. Though a respected scholar, Barnhouse spent most of his career as a dedicated pastor and was praised widely for his unusual ability to make the biblical message clear and practical.

  1. The Dead Sea Scrolls: What Have We Learned?
    The Dead Sea Scrolls: What Have We Learned?
    Eileen M. Schuller
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In this accessible and illuminating work, one of the world's foremost Dead Sea Scrolls scholars-and one of the first women to actually see the documents-reflects on the most significant learnings about these ancient documents of faith.

How have minds of scholars changed as their understanding of the scrolls has expanded over the decades? How have the scrolls influenced our understanding of Scripture? What have we learned about the worship practices of the Qumran community? And what can the scrolls teach us about the role of women in early Judaism?

The reception of Eric Metaxas' Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, and Spy met with unparalleled, resounding, and unexpected success among the Christian community and beyond in 2010.

Yet, the book has caused a great deal of controversy among scholars, academics, and others who follow Bonhoeffer closely. This was not unexpected as Bonhoeffer was specifically intended to be a critique of those who understood Bonhoeffer to be "liberal" in his theological leaning as both evangelical scholars and non-evangelical scholars argued he was.

Metaxas' book challenges this assumption by telling Bonhoeffer's story so as to demonstrate his theological orthodoxy. This fact, which undergirds so much of what Metaxas is trying to accomplish--namely--reclaim Bonhoeffer, has proved controversial in many people's minds.

  1. Aquinas For Armchair Theologians
    Aquinas For Armchair Theologians
    Timothy M. Renick
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Thomas Aquinas was one of the most influential thinkers in the history of Christianity and in western civilization. Yet his theological views can seem complex and presume acquaintance with technical philosophical language. Now Renick has produced an attractive and accessible account of Aquinas's thought and life that will make his views clear to non-specialists. The topics dealt with include God, angels, evil, metaphysics, morality, sex, war, abortion, and politics. Illustrations are interspersed throughout the text and humorously illuminate key points providing an engaging introduction to an all important theologian.

  1. A Sword Between the Sexes? C.S. Lewis and the Gender Debates
    A Sword Between the Sexes? C.S. Lewis and the Gender Debates
    Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen
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Highly esteemed author C.S. Lewis has been celebrated as well as criticized for his views on men's and women's gender roles. While his early writings reflect a stern complimentarian and hierarchical order between the sexes, his later essays reveal a sizeable shift in this thinking. A Sword Between the Sexes traces the path by which Lewis moved from the former to the latter position, and engages readers by reflecting further upon the continuing debate over gender relations, egalitarianism, and complementarianism. A welcome addition to the bookshelf of any Lewis fan unfamiliar with his views on gender relations.

The magnum opus of one of America's most prominent theologians offers an in-depth exploration of theology, anthropology, soteriology, and eschatology. This monumental work, now a standard for theological students, was written while Hodge served as a professor at Princeton, where he permanently influenced American Christianity as a teacher, preacher, and exegete. Includes a comprehensive index. Three hardcovers, from Hendrickson.

Now you can own Schurer's original landmark work. This edition gives you extensive essays on the Roman political system and its leaders, Jewish political and religious parties, messianic movements, and pertinent Greek and Jewish literature (including the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha) from the centuries before and after Christ. Five convenient volumes that include the original index (formerly a separate volume). 2144 pages total, hardcovers from Hendrickson.

Young's classic 3-volume commentary engages in a line-by-line exegesis of the Book of Isaiah, setting interpretation firmly in the context of Isaiah's archaeological, cultural, and intellectual background. Young's conclusions are theologically conservative, and though he believes Isaiah to be a unified, single-author book, he respectfully interacts with opposing views. Includes bibliographies and indexes. Volume 1 covers chapters 1-18; Volume 2 looks at chapters 19-39; Volume 3 surveys chapters 40-66.

  1. The Gospel of Thomas: Original Text with Commentary
    The Gospel of Thomas: Original Text with Commentary
    Dr. Uwe-Karsten Plisch
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Considered the most significant find among the Gnostic writings found near Nag Hammadi, the Gospel of Thomas offers further insight into the logia of Jesus. Features the complete Coptic text of each saying accompanied by Greek fragments and retranslations, parallel texts from the canonical Gospels, an English translation, and extensive commentary. 281 pages, hardcover from German Bible Society.

A concise, accessible guide to this important Christian thinker. Providing an orientation to the major themes and topics that dominate Barth's Dogmatics, Mangina offers an overview of Barth's life and work, addresses his four major doctrines---revelation, God, creation, and reconciliation---and places him in "dialogue" with his contemporaries. 208 pages, softcover from Westminster John Knox.

  1. A Brief Guide to Philo
    A Brief Guide to Philo
    Kenneth Schenck
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This is a compact introduction to the work of Philo (c. 20 B.C.-50 A.D.), the important Jewish thinker and scriptural interpreter. Schenck provides a guide for understanding Philo's complex works, a roadmap for topics and contents of Philo's writings, and a description of contemporary research so students can easily find their ways into Philo study.

Schaff begins his history with an examination of the preparation for Christianity in Judaism and the heathen world and the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The 8 volume series concludes with a general introduction to modern church history and a thorough analysis of the productive period of the Reformation, tracing the Protestant movement in Germany and Switzerland to the close of the 16th century. There are footnotes, charts, maps and each volume contains its own alphabetical index.

2009 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit in Theology and Ethics

"If you died tonight, do you know where you would go?" Christians for many years have been asking this question. As award-winning author N.T. Wright points out however, the answer isn't heaven. In Surprised by Hope, Wright, one of today's premier Bible scholars, asserts that Christianity's most distinctive idea is bodily resurrection. He provides a magisterial defense for a literal resurrection of Jesus and shows how this became the cornerstone for the Christian community's hope in the bodily resurrection of all people at the end of the age. Wright then explores our expectation of "new heavens and a new earth," revealing what happens to the dead until then and what will happen with the "second coming" of Jesus. For many, including many Christians, all this will come as a great surprise.

Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. For if God intends to renew the whole creation---and if this has already begun in Jesus's resurrection---the church cannot stop at "saving souls," but must anticipate the eventual renewal by working for God's kingdom in the wider world, bringing healing and hope in the present life.

  1. The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived
    The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived
    Andreas J. Kostenberger, Justin Taylor, Alexander Stewart
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A Guide to Walk With Jesus During His Last Week on Earth

On March 29, AD 33, Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem and boldly predicted that he would soon be put to death - executed on a cross, like a common criminal. So began the most important week of the most important person who ever lived.

Nearly 2,000 years later, the events that took place during Jesus's last days still reverberate through the ages. Designed as a day-by-day guide to Passion Week, The Final Days of Jesus leads us to re-examine and meditate on the history-making, earth-shaking significance of Jesus's arrest, trial, crucifixion, and empty tomb.

Combining a chronological arrangement of the Gospel accounts with insightful commentary, charts, and maps, this book will help you better understand what actually happened all those years ago . . . and why it matters today.

A compelling and comprehensive treatment of the centrality of the cross. Examining the apparent and underlying reasons for Christ's death, Stott defends the substitutionary view of the atonement and explores Christ's achievement through his crucifixion. He also discusses the implications of the cross for Christian worship, self-understanding, life, and hope. Includes a study guide. 380 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.