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the torah’s infants: abortion and the status of the unborn in the pentateuch
Robert L. Cole
In The Torah’s Infants: Abortion and the Status of the Unborn in the Pentateuch, Dr. Robert Cole examines clarion texts from the Torah to illuminate the value of children and the unborn in the eyes of God. Most treatments of this issue centers on Exodus 21:22. But, Cole follows the flow of the Pentateuch, beginning with the Genesis creation account of Adam and Eve in the Garden. He also brings insights from the accounts of Jacob and Esau in the womb, Judah and Tamar, along with the story of the midwives in the first chapter of Exodus. Weaving together the linguistic and thematic elements of these passages then informs the interpretation of the laws concerning pregnant mothers and unborn children in Exodus 21. Examining the canonical context, linguistic patterns, and common themes throughout the Torah demonstrates God’s love and concern for the unborn.
Worship of the Triune God: Finding Delight in a life of worship
In Worship of the Triune God: Finding Delight in a Life of Worship, Nathan Skipper sets out to show that the whole of the Christian life is an act of worship. Skipper does this by exploring the major themes of systematic theology through a doxological lens, rooting our understanding of God, salvation, the church, and the age to come in this chief end—“to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” Skipper’s project finds its core in the Book of Ephesians, which is itself a letter of high praise to the Lord. The reader is left understanding that Christian worship is more than just a weekly act. Worship is the reason for which we exist and the only way to find true purpose and delight.
The virgin will conceive: The message of isaiah 7:14 in its context
Robert L. Cole
In The Virgin Will Conceive: The Message of Isaiah 7:14 In Its Context, Robert Cole examines the literary context of Isaiah to demonstrate the meaning of “the virgin birth” in Isaiah 7:14. Cole examines the placement of Isaiah within the canonical context of the Old Testament (TaNaK) to demonstrate the role of the Prophets in the TaNaK and the role of Isaiah within the Prophets. During the canonical examination, Cole highlights the seams between the different books in the Prophets and the theme of the Servant of the Lord. Cole drills down into the immediate context of Isaiah to demonstrate the compositional purpose of Isaiah: pointing the people of God to a vision of the eschaton. The eschatological perspective of Isaiah transcends beyond the time of the kings to coming judgment of immorality, exile, remnant of Israel, and return to the dwelling place of God. Cole illustrates how Isaiah offers hope in the midst of national suffering, a suffering servant who is called Immanuel. Cole examines further still the proximate context of Isaiah 7:14 to show what verse 14 means within chapter 7 and how chapter 7 fits together with surrounding chapters. Cole examines the themes and phonetic parallels within the context to explain the “virgin birth” of Isaiah 7:14 and how this sign relates to the Suffering Servant of the Lord.
The King’s Command: The Great commission and christ’s victory
Joshua P. Howard
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)
These are the last words of Jesus to his followers in the Gospel of Matthew. But who was he talking to? Was Jesus instructing those standing there before him at the time? Or was he commissioning all Christians for all time? Was Jesus just giving one additional command or does the commission have a context in which it is a climax in a story that began in the Garden of Eden and continues to the end of this age? Most importantly, what does the Great Commission actually command? It is frequently associated with foreign missions, but is that the right primary emphasis? In The King’s Command, Josh Howard seeks to answer these questions and more. Examining both the context and the content of the Great Commission, Howard exhorts all Christians at all times to make disciples of Christ, who is with us always.
JOSHUA P. HOWARD (PhD, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Teaching Elder at Grace Community Church in Battle Creek, MI. Josh is also the author of The Exorcism of Satan, co-hosts a few theology podcasts, and writes periodically. Josh is married to his high school sweetheart Marci, with whom he has four children.
All Our Minds: Why Women should study theology
Edited by Rhonda Smith
Studying theology is vital for every Christian. This book seeks to show women learning theology and living that out in their everyday lives. The more women study theology, the more capable they are to live it out in their jobs, home, church, and relationships. We want to ask what does this look like? How do we take this head knowledge and apply it to our daily lives? Why is that important to God and how does it affect every area of our lives as women?
One Lord One Faith
Matthew R. Akers
In One Lord, One Faith: Lessons on Racial Reconciliation from the New Testament Church, Matthew Akers explores the deep racial divides that threatened the early church. Believers, who learned how to celebrate their unity by applying Christ’s teachings to their lives, ultimately tore down the ethnocultural barriers that separated them. Their oneness astounded a world that had never seen this level of reconciliation. As a result of their commitment to love God and to love others, the Holy Spirit blessed their faithfulness, which convinced many that Jesus is Lord. The purpose of this book is to help twenty-first century American churches implement in their congregations the first century church’s approach to racial reconciliation.
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Selah, an obscure term in the Psalter and Habakkuk, has commonly been the subject of discussion regarding its meaning and use. Many 19th century scholars have spent countless hours, and devoted many pages, to remove Selah from obscurity. Only now have we revealed a previously undiscovered clue in Selah’s use during the Second Temple period due to 20th century archaeological finds. In Reassessing Selah, Ashley E. Lyon approaches each text with a “whole picture” perspective to examine each psalm and Selah occurrence in its immediate context. Many scholars believed that Selah was simply an instruction for the musical director, but new evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls suggests that it was a live term in the Second Temple period.
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In Bethlehem’s Redeemer: Seeing Jesus in Ruth, Daniel Palmer creates a Bible study for small groups or individual study that emphasizes the Messianic and theological content contained in Ruth. Within the introduction, Daniel offers a practical, theologically-minded hermeneutic for his readers to trace and emulate his method as he deploys it through the text of Ruth.
The companion workbook to Bethlehem’s Redeemer: Seeing Jesus in Ruth by Daniel Palmer is now available! The Bethlehem’s Redeemer Learner’s Workbook and Journal offers an in-depth exploration of Daniel’s book. As you work through the text of Ruth, reflect on the theological contributions Ruth offers in understanding the Messianic role of being our redeemer, and chronicle your journey in the journal.
In this updated edition of Why Psalm 23 Is Not About You: Reading Psalm 23 in Its Context, Dr. Robert L. Cole reveals linguistic and thematic patterns in the Psalter that demonstrates a continuity of meaning from Psalm 1 through Psalm 24. Particular attention is given to the meaning of Psalm 23 and it’s surrounding Psalms. Fans of canonical studies and lovers of the Psalter will enjoy this quick, but thought provoking read.
A six-week devotional designed to help men be the spiritually attuned husbands, fathers, and sons that God has called them to be. Field Thigpen points readers towards God’s desire for peace and spiritual maturity.