Andrew Pitt’s course NT316 Book Study: The Gospel of Luke is shipping on August 27. In the course, Dr. Pitts examines in detail the genre and purpose of Luke’s Gospel. He argues that Luke writes his Gospel, along with the book of Acts, as a political document meant to exonerate Paul who was imprisoned in Rome at the time. In the segment below, Dr. Pitts provides some evidence for this position:
In this episode, Dr. Andrew W. Pitts considers why most scholars view the book of Luke as a biography rather than a history—and then shares his perspective. He also talks about Christ’s faithfulness to us in contrast to our individual faith in Christ.
Dr. Pitts in the 2015 recipient of the Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship. He is the chair of the biblical studies department and assistant professor of biblical studies and Christian ministries at Arizona Christian University.
Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt is associate professor of theology and history of Christianity at Wheaton College. In this episode of Mobile Ed Conversations she talks about the overarching story of the Enlightenment and about her desire to tell the story of the church through the context of the clergy. You can also listen and subscribe on iTunes.
Want to expand your knowledge of church history? The two-course Church History Bundle follows Christendom from the Early Church all the way to Post-Modernism. For a more focused study, take a look at CS201 Western Civilization: Greeks to Aquinas.
Of the “five solas” of the Reformation, sola fide (Latin for “faith alone”) was so important that Luther called it the “doctrine by which the church stands or falls.” Rooted in Scriptures like Eph 2:8–10, it drew a line in the sand between Protestant and Catholic theology on the topic of justification.
“Faith alone.” It’s a simple phrase really. Its meaning seems equally simple … until we read that “faith apart from works is dead” in Jas 2:14–17. How do we reconcile that? Is there a contradiction going on here? How did Reformers like Luther and Calvin view this passage?
In this clip from his course on the Letter of James, Dr. William Varner explains that sola fide does not in fact contradict what James is saying. The key lies in understanding the difference between “faith alone” and a faith that is alone.
In NT365 Book Study: Letter of James, Dr. Varner presents a fresh perspective on James the man and also James the letter, showing how the emphasis on works complements rather than contradicts Paul’s emphasis on faith.
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In this episode of the Mobile Ed Conversations podcast, New Testament professor Dr. Constantine Campbell describes his upcoming projects and unpacks one of the most important questions his students ask: have I lost my passion for the Bible?
“It is probably one of the most important texts, since it’s one of the few in the Second Temple literature that is so specifically concerned and interested in a Davidic messiah,” says Dr. Joel Willitts, professor of biblical and theological studies at North Park University, speaking on Psalms of Solomon 17. “In fact, the text calls that messiah Kyrios Christos, ‘Lord Messiah’—and it’s that kind of confession that we hear on the lips of Paul through his letters time and time again.”
Anyone interested in messianic expectations during the period in which the New Testament was written cannot ignore this important pseudepigraphal text. Further, this chapter from Psalms of Solomon creates interesting messianic translation questions in that it depicts an explicitly militaristic messiah.
“And gird him with strength, that he may shatter unrighteous rulers, and that he may purge Jerusalem from Gentiles who trample (her) down to destruction,” Psalms of Solomon 17 reads, referring to the messiah. “With a rod of iron he shall shatter all their substance; he shall destroy the godless nations with the word of his mouth.”
Dr. Willitts explains how this messianic text ought to be interpreted, in light of Wisdom tradition, in this brief clip from his Mobile Ed course NT202 A Survey of Jewish History and Literature from the Second Temple Period.
Learn more about this important depiction of the Second Temple messianic expectations in the Between the Testaments Bundle, which contains both NT202 and BI291 The Apocrypha: Witness between the Testaments by Dr. David A. deSilva. These courses are shipping soon. To claim the 40% discount, order before July 20.
A Conversation on the Davidic Messiah
“Isaiah is the key that unlocks the significance of what the Davidic messiah was going to do,” says Dr. Mark Strauss, professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary. “In Isaiah … you see the messiah is actually going to die as an atoning sacrifice for his people. And so, reading Isaiah as a unity, as certainly Jesus did, and first-century Jews did, you see the messiah is portrayed precisely as Luke portrays him: as the Davidic messiah whose role is to suffer and die and bring forgiveness of sins, and then the expansion of the gospel to the Gentiles.”
You can hear more from Dr. Strauss and Dr. Willitts as they discuss the Davidic messiah throughout the Bible and in other Second Temple literature, in particular, in this episode of the Mobile Ed Conversations podcast:
In this episode of Mobile Ed Conversations, New Testament scholar Dr. Craig Evans talks about his travels to Israel and about his experience of the long road from archaeological discovery to publication. He is especially known for his writing and teaching on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament.
Learn from Dr. Evans in community
One of Dr. Evans’ Mobile Ed courses, NT311 The World of Jesus and the Gospels, is being featured in the first-ever Mobile Ed Summer Session. Starting Monday, you’ll have the opportunity to work through this course with others like you and with a PhD-level moderator who will provide study plans, pose discussion questions, and guide conversation on the material you’re working through together—all at no extra cost.
One user who is taking advantage of another Summer Session course has this to say:
I would like to encourage more Logos users to avail themselves of this opportunity. It really does enrich the Mobile Ed program. I have over fifty of the Mobile Ed courses and each is good as a self study, but this moderated session moves the education to a higher level.
Dr. Evans’ course leads you through the events that built the New Testament world: the decline of the Persian Empire, the rise of Alexander the Great, Israel’s military engagements and religious movements, and more. You’ll gain a better understanding of the New Testament by understanding the events leading up to it.
You can participate in just this course or take part in all three courses that are offered. When you purchase all three, you’ll also get a special discount.
Call 888-875-9491 or visit the Summer Session page to learn more.
In one of our most popular episodes from the vault of the Mobile Ed Conversations podcast, Dr. Darrell Bock, author and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary discusses his recent research, Progressive Dispensationalism, patterned prophecy in the Old Testament, and key passages in the Book of Luke.
“Are we reading the book of Genesis as if God has sort of subtly placed scientific information there for us to read 2000, 3000, 4000 years later as modern people?” asks Dr. John Walton. “Or are we supposed to read it as an ancient book? I’m inclined to think the later; that God was talking to them at the level of what they understood. And so we have to think the way they thought.”
In this segment from his course on Genesis, Dr. Walton goes on to explain how ancient people viewed God and the scientific world and how those views contrast with modern views today.
We’ve had the privilege of hosting Dr. Craig Evans in the Mobile Ed studio for the past two weeks, filming courses on the Gospels of Mark and Luke. Dr. Evans is one of those “walking encyclopedias.” His depth of biblical and contextual knowledge is astounding and is something we feel honored to record as a part of his legacy.
In addition to a full week of teaching, he also offered to preach at a local church. He spoke about the story of the Good Samaritan at two services and also taught the adult Sunday school class! His passion for sharing God’s word is evident and inspiring and we hope to have him back soon.
Here’s a clip of Dr. Evans describing the city of Sepphoris, an important archeological site near Nazareth where Joseph and Jesus may have worked.
To learn more about the ancient world of the New Testament, add Dr. Craig Evans’ New Testament Backgrounds Bundle to your library.
Next week we will also be releasing Dr. Evans’ course NT314 Book Study: The Gospel of Matthew in Its Jewish Context as part of the Studies in the Gospels Bundle. Although this bundle is on Pre-Pub, if you pay the Pre-Pub price today, you’ll receive 41% off and seven of the nine courses. Dr. Evans’ course will automatically be added to your library next week, as well as the ninth and final course, once it is finished. Because of the savings and instant access, this option has become wildly popular among Mobile Ed customers.