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We may think of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament as the only sacred writings of the early Christians, but this is not at all the case. Lost Scriptures offers an anthology of up-to-date and readable translations of many non-canonical writings from the first centuries after Christ--texts that have been for the most part lost or neglected for almost two millennia. Here is an array of remarkably varied writings from early Christian groups whose visions of Jesus differ dramatically from...more...

One of the characteristic pursuits of the current phase of historical Jesus research, the so-called Third Quest, has been the serious attempt to locate Jesus within first-century CE Judaism, to seek a Jesus who could be found plausible within his Jewish context. Comparatively less emphasis has been laid on the question as to whether or how the contextually plausible picture of Jesus also suits and accounts for the history of the reception of Jesus in early Christianity. By integrating the...more...

This study develops a method for analyzing the semantic and narrative rhetoric of repetition and the narrative rhetoric and function of characterization and applies this method in studies of the characterization of God, Jesus, and Jesus’ disciples in the Gospel of Mark. The studies of characterization distinguish beliefs that are assumed for the audience from beliefs that the narration cultivates for the audience, identifies the rhetorical relationships and organization of cultivated beliefs,...more...

This work covers ancient beliefs about life after death from Homer's Hades to ancient Jewish beliefs, from the Bible to the Dead Sea Scrolls and beyond. It examines early Christian beliefs about resurrection in general and that of Jesus in particular, beginning with Paul and working through to the start of the third century. It explores the Easter stories of the Gospels and seeks the best historical conclusions about the empty tomb and the belief that Jesus did rise bodily from the dead....more...

Using an MP3 format, The Word For Today compiled Pastor Chuck Smith's entire C-2000 series on a set of 8 CD's. You can now fit the complete audio of Pastor Chucks Old and New Testament Bible commentaries into your pocket.Macintosh & Windows compatible. COMPUTER SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT: Pentium or higher 4x CD-ROM drive or faster 32 MB of RAM or higher Sound card 25 MB of free hard disk space (if software is to be installed) Macintosh PowerPC: Mac OS 8.1 or later 32 MB...more...

The New Testament of the New King James Version is read in its entirety by music legend Johnny Cash. After 20 years of encouragement from his mother to record the Bible, he approached the recording of the New Testament with "fear, respect, awe, and reverence for the subject matter." Cash said further, "I also did it with a great deal of joy, because I love the Word." Johnny Cash Reads the Complete New Testament, is 19 hours of hearing the Word of God from one of the most distinctive voices of...more...

The second volume of this notable trilogy, Beginning from Jerusalem covers the early formation of the Christian faith from 30-70 c.e. After outlining the quest for the historical church (parallel to the quest for the historical Jesus) and reviewing the sources, Dunn follows the course of the movement stemming from Jesus beginning from Jerusalem. Dunn opens this book with a close analysis of what can be said of the earliest Jerusalem community, the Hellenists, the mission of Peter, and the...more...

Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question – which any historian must face – renowned New Testament scholar N.T. Wright focuses on the key points: what precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead? What can be said today about his belief?This book, third is Wright’s series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life...more...

A careful exploration of the controversial biblical term messiah...more...

Scripture is clear that manhood and womanhood are the beautiful handiwork of a good and loving God, contends John Piper in What's the Difference? "God designed our differences, and they are profound." Yet when rightly understood according to God's Word, his vision for both men and women is not oppressive, prideful, or self-promoting. "It conforms to who we are by God's good design. Therefore it is fulfilling in the deepest sense of that word." This study guide-a companion to the What's the...more...

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