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Time is running out to get this month’s free book, The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges: Genesis for free, and pick up the +One, An Introduction to the Pentateuch for $0.99.

Today’s post takes an in-depth look at the classic scholarship of A.T. Chapman, author of An Introduction to the Pentateuch.

Discover the Hexateuch

Consider the tightly woven character of the first six books of Scripture. In his discussion, A.T. Chapman presents a thematic argument for a Hexateuch, instead of a Pentateuch:

People and Land are the two leading ideas which beginning in Genesis are never lost sight of till they culminate in Joshua. Hence instead of the Greek name Pentateuch given to the Five Books, modern critics have adopted the name Hexateuch for the Six Books including the book of Joshua.

This carries serious potential for the literary study of Scripture. It allows the reader to apply a much more consistent hermeneutic when studying Joshua, as it places it in a clear context.

The Law and the Prophets

The first five books are traditionally known as the Law, or torah. However, throughout Matthew’s Gospel, the Law is combined with “the Prophets.” Jesus himself refers to this in Matthew 5:17-20 and 22:40. What brings about this addition? Chapman addresses this connection in another section of his Introduction.

If the question be asked, What is the most prominent feature in Israel’s history as represented in the books from Judges to Kings? the answer must be, Prophecy. ‘The history and development of Israel was started by a prophet, and prophets conducted it all along its course.’ The prophets themselves are conscious that the nation has been under prophetic leading since the Exodus from the land of Egypt. Amos declares in the name of the Lord: ‘I brought you up out of the land of Egypt … and I raised up of your sons for prophets’ (2:10).

Having already built his argument for a holistic reading of Genesis through Joshua, Chapman then steps beyond his immediate scope to show how the “prophetic leading” begun in Exodus stretches through Judges, Samuel, and Kings, to unite the history of Israel. This informs the modern student as he or she looks to interpret Jesus’ sayings.

Additional Topics

Chapters on the hexateuch and the parallels between the Law and the Prophets are only two examples of the wealth of information provided in this month’s +One volume. Discover this and more with ten additional appendices:
I. Passages in the Hexateuch assigned to P
II. Characteristics of the Priestly Code
III. Comparison of the Covenant Code with Deuteronomy and Leviticus
IV. The Style of Deuteronomy
V. Leviticus 17–26 and the prophet Ezekiel
VI. The meaning of TORAH
VII. Characteristics of Composite Documents
VIII. The Samaritan Pentateuch
IX. The Christological argument
X. Archaeology and Criticism

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15 Academic Resources for 2015

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Dr. Justin Irving—Trends in Church Leadership

Dr. Justin Irving, director of the Doctor of Ministry program and Professor of Ministry Leadership at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, discusses leadership roles in the church and the dynamics of working together within these roles. He also considers ways the church can engage with modern trends, current conversations, and new material without abandoning the guidance of Scripture.

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Lexham High Definition New Testament

46942_003The Lexham Press Pauline Studies Bundle begins with a discourse-based analysis of the entire New Testament in the Lexham High Definition New Testament. This analysis gives you a visual guide to the communicative devices used throughout the Greek text of the New Testament. These discourse devices are illuminated for you so that you’re better able to understand how the various biblical authors used these devices to communicate with their audience. These tools have proven to be incredibly valuable to preachers expositing the Word, scholars analyzing the Word, and laypeople understanding the Word.

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Discourse analysis is taken to the next step with the High Definition Commentaries. You’ll be able to study Philippians and Romans in high definition with Dr. Steve Runge. These commentaries bring out all of the important details and interpretive cues in these two Pauline letters. The High Definition Commentaries are excellent study tools to help you cut through the technical jargon and understand the original Greek text. They also equip you to share your new-found understanding as the rhetorical devices Paul uses are explained using modern English. We’ve also amazing custom designed graphics that help you engage visually with the text.

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27493There are countless commentaries, essays, and books devoted to the interpretation of just a single Pauline letter. Now multiply that number by thirteen and you’ve got a corpus that’s nigh impossible to sort through when researching. That’s where the Lexham Bible Guides come in. Our research team carefully and purposefully curated all of the most important interpretations and analyses of the text so that no stone was left unturned. You’ll be able to find the most important pieces in the discussion, quickly. You’ll discover connections within Scripture you’ve never seen before. And you’ll gain a unique perspective, a complete overview of all relevant literature—from exegetical topics to interpretive issues.

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46942_007Charles Spurgeon was one of the most influential and prolific preachers of the modern era. Spurgeon’s writings on the Bible fill dozens of volumes and encompass both published books and spoken sermons. The Spurgeon Commentary series looks to collect his thoughts from across his corpus in an easy-to-use commentary format that is tied to the biblical text. We’ve included the Spurgeon Commentary on Galatians in this Pauline studies bundle. You can easily find all of Spurgeon’s thoughts on Galatians, including sermon illustrations and applications, making Spurgeon’s writing easier than ever to understand and apply.

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46942_006In Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel, David deSilva examines the gospel message that forms the heart of Paul’s theology as presented in his letters. To Paul, the gospel message he’s communicating is nothing less than the means to transform and renew all of creation—including ourselves. This life-changing message is carefully presented by deSilva as readers are guided towards a much broader interpretation of the Apostle Paul’s writings.

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46942_008Finally, learn how to ask the right questions when studying the text with the Not Your Average Bible Study series. There are two of these Bible studies included in this bundle, Ephesians and Colossians. These studies guide you step-by-step through these two letters, helping you discover powerful insights while you dig into the Bible on a whole new level. You’ll see how easy it is to apply the biblical text to your everyday life with discussion and reflection questions, specific prayer suggestions, and ideas for further study.

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New Content from Guthrie, Keener, Cohick, and More

As ETS comes to a close and SBL just beginning, there is a palpable excitement about getting the most recent scholarship on relevant issues and topics; Logos Mobile Education provides a new, high-quality way to do just that. Mobile Ed instructors are experts in their fields, and many have decades of experience teaching and writing while continuing to interact with other scholars and hone their insights and research. The instructors are paired with an instructional designer who works with them to take their flagship material, hone it, and craft it into an incredibly useful and efficient learning platform.

If you have not yet added Mobile Ed courses to your library, you have many options and instructors to choose from. But don’t worry if you’re not interested in “taking a course” in the traditional sense: Mobile Ed courses are deeply integrated with Logos Bible Software to bring the content from these scholars to the forefront of your studies as it would any commentary or reference work in your library. Speaking of Douglas J. Moo’s Mobile Ed course on Romans, Michael Bird writes on his blog:

Doug Moo has written six commentaries on Romans – yes, that’s right, you heard me, six - in the WEC (1991),  entry on Romans in NBC (1994), NICNT (1996), NIVAC (2000) plus companion BBL (2008), EBS (2002), and ZIBBS (2007). You can see the complete list here. A second edition of the EBC volume just came out and I believe that a second edition of the NICNT is scheduled too. Rather than than read all six commentaries or even just his magisterial NICNT commentary, in this Logos module you literally get Moo talking at you and giving you a distillation of his mature thought on the matter.

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NT221 The Wisdom of John: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Johannine Literature with Ben Witherington III

Walk through the Gospel of John, his three epistles, and Revelation with Dr. Witherington as he guides you through the socio-rhetorical landscape and asks the questions of what makes Johannine literature unique in the New Testament canon, and what its theological contributions are. Delivered with his usual wit and keen insight into literary nuance, this course is perfect for anyone, whether they’re a long-time student of the New Testament or a new-comer to John’s writings.

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NT211 Introducing the Gospels and Acts: Their Background, Nature, and Purpose with Darrell L. Bock

Darrell Bock is an undisputed expert on the Gospels and Acts, having authored important volumes in BECNT, IVP Commentary Series, and more. Here he takes all of that work and distills it into a helpful and thorough introduction which may give you a fresh perspective if your main exposure to these books was from Carson and Moo.

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NT361 Book Study: The Letter to the Hebrews with George H. Guthrie

Speaking of experts, few in modern biblical studies have paved the way more helpfully in the study of Hebrews than George H. Guthrie. With his two decades of research on the topic, he will cover in-depth the prominent themes and the nuances of this letter to help you grasp its message, literary context, and theological importance. If you are familiar with his work in NIVAC, this course will be a wonderful companion to continue in your studies.

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Studies in Dispensationalism Bundle (2 courses) with Carl Sanders

Whether you are aligned with Dispensationalism or not, its impact on 20th and 21st century evangelicalism is undeniable. Dr. Carl Sanders will walk you through its foundational beliefs, historical roots, trends, implications, and particular hermeneutics in these two courses.

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Studies in Acts Bundle (3 courses) with Craig S. Keener, Darrell L. Bock, and Lynn H. Cohick

Dr. Keener’s course introduces important issues for study in Acts, including racial, evangelism, and the role of the Holy Spirit. Dr. Bock then examines key events and speeches in Acts, with a focus on Luke as an interpretive key for Acts (and the rest of the New Testament). And finally Dr. Cohick’s fascinating course gives you an in-depth look at Paul of Tarsus not through the typical lens of his epistles, but rather through his role in the narrative of Acts.

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Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics – In English for the First Time!

Geerhardus Vos, the reformed-dogmatics“father of Reformed biblical theology,” was born 152 years ago this year. Vos, a professor of biblical theology at Princeton, lectured alongside many famous theologians, including J. Gresham Machen, B. B. Warfield, and Abraham Kuyper. So great was Vos’ academic insight that Kuyper offered him the chair of Old Testament studies at the Free University of Amsterdam when Vos was just 24.

Currently in translation into English for the first time ever, Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics is an important expression of his Reformed theology. Originally published by Vos in 5 volumes, it represents the early thought of one of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries’ premiere Reformed thinkers.

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  • Reformed Dogmatics: Theology Proper
  • Reformed Dogmatics: Anthropology
  • Reformed Dogmatics: Christology
  • Reformed Dogmatics: Soteriology
  • Reformed Dogmatics: Ecclesiology, The Means of Grace, Eschatology

Reformed Dogmatics begins with an examination of the doctrine of God—his knowability, names, being, and character. Vos discusses the evidence for the Trinity in Scripture, explores human nature, sin, and the covenant of grace, and discusses the natures and incarnation of Christ.  Finally, he takes a look at the work of Christ, as well as the church’s nature and purpose. The result is some of the most profound systematic theology of the twentieth century.

Here’s what other scholars said about Vos:

“Dr. Vos was the greatest pedagogue I ever sat under.”—Cornelius Van Til

“. . . the most penetrating exegete it has been my privilege to know.”—John Murray

“Vos’ insights are penetrating, refreshing, and orthodox.” —James T. Dennison Jr.

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Jeff Struecker — From Black Hawk Down to Army Chaplain and Author

Jeff Struecker, lead pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus, GA, and retired U.S. Army chaplain, talks about his journey in the Army Rangers and the call to ministry he received the day after he was involved in the battle that the film Black Hawk Down is based upon. Jeff also discusses the idea of being a Christian and going to war, and what being a chaplain really entails.

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The Physical Hope of Resurrection with Darrell L. Bock

Resurrection is without doubt one of the chief events of not just the New Testament, but in all history. In NT211 Introducing the Gospels and Acts, Darrell Bock goes beyond a theological analysis of the resurrection event and dives into resurrection philosophy in Judaism and Graeco-Roman society, Second Temple literature, messianic expectations, and more. He gives a comprehensive survey of all the issues surrounding resurrection in the Gospels to help ground you with an understanding of the text’s background—both literary, historical, and philosophical.

In the section on resurrection (which is just one of many in NT211 Introducing the Gospels and Acts), Bock begins by assessing Judaic and Graeco-Roman philosophy on the matter. He notes that, while the Jews had some expectation or hope of physical resurrection, Graeco-Roman philosophy suggested, at best, a sort of spiritual after-life. It is important to note that the news of the resurrection of Christ came from the Jews and was injected into a society that had no category for this sort of event.

The Jewish context is set colorfully by 2 Maccabees 7. As an overview of the context of this passage Bock says,

Let me set the scene for you. This is during the Maccabean war, and during the Maccabean war, martyrs are coming forward who will defend their right to practice the law in the face of the Syrian attempt—Antiochus Epiphanes’ attempt—to wipe out the law from the culture. And so people are being martyred for their faithfulness. In one particular scene in 2 Maccabees 7, seven brothers are being executed in front of their mother, and we get the portrayal of what this execution was like in this text.

He goes on, quoting from the passage in 2 Maccabees, to tell how, when threatened with brutal dismemberment and execution, one of the persecuted claims that, though their body may be destroyed, the King of the universe will vindicate them, and they may receive their members back in a future resurrection. It is this expectant hope of a resurrection—not just a spiritual after-life, but a physical one—which sets such a vivid backdrop to the first true resurrection in the New Testament.

Some will of course claim that the resurrection event is fabricated. However, we have methods of determining the truth of these events, one of which is the criterion of embarrassment. To introduce this idea, Bock cites the passage in Mark’s Gospel where Jesus speaks plainly of his need to suffer and die. This idea of a suffering messiah is contrary to the Jewish expectation of a conquering one, so Peter opens his mouth to correct Jesus. At this point, Jesus rebukes Peter strongly—perhaps as strongly as he could have done, calling him Satan. If this story were fabricated by the early church, why would they embarrass their figurehead, Peter, by humiliating him so? This is one of many details in the story which have a ring of truth to them, and help us proclaim the true resurrection of the Messiah.

Bock goes on to discuss resurrection in the Old Testament and intertextuality, diving into Psalm 118:22, 110:1, Isaiah 52:12-53:13, and Psalm 16. In NT211 there are also major sections dealing specifically with resurrection in all four Gospels, and the credibility of the stories, looking at aspects such as immediate burial, the lack of a family tomb, women as witnesses, the incredulity of the disciples, and more.

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NT211 Introducing the Gospels and Acts is a Logos Mobile Education course, so if you’ve tried out any of our other courses you will be familiar with the high-quality content and excellent format that this course will offer. With Mobile Ed you can:

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