Do We Need the New Testament?: Letting the Old Testament Speak for Itself

Do we need the Old Testament That s a familiar question, often asked But as an Old Testament scholar, John Goldingay turns that question on its head Do we need the New Testament What s new about the New Testament After all, the Old Testament was the only Bible Jesus and the disciples knew.

The Ten Commandments: What They Mean, Why They Matter, and Why We Should Obey Them

The Ten Commandments were foundational to the lives of the ancient Israelites, but many Christians don t know how the list relates to their lives today Are they still relevant If so, which rules still apply What do these commands mean in light of God s grace and mercy shown in Jesus In this

Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord?: A Biblical Theology of the Book of Leviticus

Who shall ascend the mountain of the LORD Psalm 24 3 In many ways, this is the fundamental question of Old Testament Israel s cult and, indeed, of life itself How can creatures made from dust become members of God s household forever The question of ascending God s mountain to his house was

How to Preach and Teach the Old Testament for All Its Worth

Many preachers ignore preaching from the Old Testament because they feel it is outdated in light of the New Testament and difficult to expound On the other hand, some preachers will preach from the Old Testament frequently but fail to handle it correctly, turning it into moralistic rules or

How to Read and Understand the Biblical Prophets: How to Read and Understand the Biblical Prophets

A Concise Guide to Reading the Prophetic Books The Prophetic Books of the Bible are full of symbolic speeches, dramatic metaphors, and lengthy allegories a unique blend of literary styles that can make them hard to comprehend How can we know if we are reading them the way God intended them to be

Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style

Jacob and Solomon were polygamists Tamar and Rahab were prostitutes What are polygamists and prostitutes doing on the pages of Holy Scripture And God told the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute What about Cain did he really marry his sister Abraham did, and he was also a polygamist Lot

The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate

The flood continued forty days on the earth and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth and the ark floated on the face of the waters Gen 6 17 18 NRSV In modern times the Genesis flood account has been probed and analyzed for answers to scientific,

This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities

The Old Testament can seem strange and disturbing to contemporary readers What should Christians make of Genesis 1 3, seemingly at odds with modern scientific accounts Why does the Old Testament contain so much violence How should Christians handle texts that give women a second class status