In this work of historical fiction, Ben Witherington III provides a one of kind window into the social and cultural context of Paul's ministry.
Author: Ben Witherington III
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Intrigue is in the air as Nicanor returns to Corinth and reports to his patron Erastos on recent business dealings in Rome. Nicanor, a former slave, is a man on the make. But surprises keep springing up in his path. A political rival of Erastos is layinga plot, and a new religion from the East keeps pressing in his life. Spend an imaginary week in Paul's Corinth as the story of Nicanor winds through street and forum, marketplace and baths, taking usChristian world.Numerous full-page text boxes expand ona variety of aspects of life and culture as we encounter them in the narrative. into shop, villa and apartment, where we meet friends new and old. From our observing a dinner in the temple of Aesclepius to Christian worship in the home of Erastos, Paul'sdealings with the Corinthians in his letters take focused relevance and socail clarity. The result is an unforgettable introduction to life in a major center of the New Testament world. Throughout the text, helpful sidebars, maps and diagrams serve to further illuminate the sociocultural context of the early Christian world.
Whoever brings him. 1Criangoras, Anthologia Graeca 9.284 (Jerome Murphy-O'
Connor, St. Paul's Corinth: Texts and Archaeology [Collegeville, MN: Liturgical
Press, 1983], 51). 2Adapted from Philippians 2:6-11. 80 A Week in the Life of a ...
Author: John Byron
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Paul's epistle to Philemon is one of the shortest books in the entire Bible, and it certainly leaves plenty to the imagination. From the pen of an accomplished New Testament scholar, this vivid historical fiction account follows the slave Onesimus, fleshing out the lived context of first-century Ephesus and providing a social and theological critique of slavery in the Roman Empire.
In this imaginative and entertaining narrative, Ben Witherington leads us behind the veil of centuries to experience the historical and social realities of this epochal event.
Author: Ben Witherington III
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
It's AD 70, and Jerusalem is falling to the Romans, its temple being destroyed. As Jews and Christians try to escape the city, we travel with some of them through an imagined week of flight and faith. In this imaginative and entertaining narrative, Ben Witherington leads us behind the veil of centuries to experience the historical and social realities of this epochal event.
2 Cor 9 from Macedonia Return of envoy (or other information about the
worsening situation in Corinth) 2 Cor 10–13 from Macedonia (Paul travels ... The
sea-crossing from Ephesus to Corinth would take about a week,” but journeys
between Corinth and Macedonia might take a month or so. ... Jewett, Dating
Paul's Life, pp.
Author: Margaret E. Thrall
Publisher: A&C Black
Whether the Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians is a single document or a compilation of two or more, and the question of Paul's relations with the Corinthian church between the despatch of the First and the composition of the Second letter (or letters), have been matters of debate since the eighteenth century.Margaret Thrall's commentary engages with these and all the other issues associated with 2 Corinthians. There follows a detailed verse-by-verse exegesis of chapters 1-7, which attempts to understand the viewpoint of the original readers of the text as well as Paul's own.This volume covers many of Paul's writings which have evoked considerable scholarly interest in recent years. This is an exemplary addition to the ICC series.
Corinth, like Athens, was a major cultural and commercial metropolis of the
Mediterranean world. Situated at the very northern ... of the Peloponnesus in
particular. Crossing the narrow land neck at Corinth instead saved perhaps a week of 43 ...
Author: Lawrence Boadt
Publisher: Paulist Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
This engaging, highly readable biography of St. Paul is an introduction to his thought and the major events of his life. In short simple chapters, the book covers not only the facts of Paul's life known to us through Scripture, but also the fascinating legends told by the early church about this key figure in the development of Christianity. The book is illustrated throughout with four-color paintings highlighting Paul's tumultuous life. These arresting pictures blend the "naive style" of painting, which is strikingly similar to the teaching-style art of the eleventh century, with the artist's own deep love of quilting. The charming result evokes the tradition of the great icons, transforming the book from a simply wonderful introduction to Paul to a truly wonderful gift. Together, text and art combine to make this unique presentation of St. Paul's life a written and visual delight for everyone. Book jacket.
46 quits Corinth for Macedonia , ii . 74 celebrates the Passover at Philippi , ii . 75
sojourns a week at Troas , ii . 76 restores Eutychus to life , ii . 79 goes by land to
Assos , ii . 80 lands at Miletus , ii . 90 addresses the clergy of Ephesus at Miletus
Paul And answers be sure that group members understand what Paul means by “
the that verse letter leads kills, but directly the Spirit into next gives week's life” (3:
6), lesson. since Summarize. methods and Recap message what of Paul's ...
Author: The Navigators
A Church Divided The church in Corinth was divided, and Paul, their founding pastor, found himself defending his ministry to them. False teachers had begun spreading lies accusing Paul of selfish motives. But Paul saw this division for what it was—a threat to the gospel of Jesus. Paul wrote this second letter to remind the Corinthians how he’d worked among them. He wasn’t defending himself—he was defending the gospel by placing both himself and the Corinthians under the authority of Jesus Christ. His humble approach is a model for every ministry leader today. LifeChange LifeChange Bible studies will help you grow in Christlikeness through a life-changing encounter with God’s Word. Filled with a wealth of ideas for going deeper so you can return to this study again and again. Features Cover the entire book of 2 Corinthians in 13 lessons Equip yourself to lead a Bible study Imagine the Bible’s historical world Study word origins and definitions Explore thoughtful questions on key themes Go deeper with optional projects Add your notes with extra space and wide margins Find the flexibility to fit the time you have
She reminds me of the quote I used from Ms. Stephanie Allison at Morgan Brake
Wildlife Reserve several weeks ago"It's not what you gather, but what you scatter
that tells what kind of life you have lived." Ms. Nita Dees touched so many lives ...
LD Life Essentials Week 3 four WHO GOD SAYS WE ARE Okay , God ' s love is
shown to us from Genesis to Revelation . We can find ... 2 Corinthians 5 : 17 :
Colossians 3 : 9 - 10 : 5 : 17 We are crafted to do good works . I Corinthians 3 : 9
The project of writing a commentary on Acts had long been on Lightfoot s mind, and in the 1880s he wrote an article about the book for the second British edition of William Smith's Dictionary of the Bible.
Author: J. B. Lightfoot
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
InterVarsity Press is proud to present The Lightfoot Legacy, a three-volume set of previously unpublished material from J. B. Lightfoot, one of the great biblical scholars of the modern era. In the spring of 2013, Ben Witherington III discovered hundreds of pages of biblical commentary by Lightfoot in the Durham Cathedral Library. While incomplete, these commentaries represent a goldmine for historians and biblical scholars, as well as for the many people who have found Lightfoot's work both informative and edifying, deeply learned and pastorally sensitive. Among those many pages were two sets of lecture notes on the Acts of the Apostles. Together they amount to a richly detailed, albeit unfinished, commentary on Acts 1-21. The project of writing a commentary on Acts had long been on Lightfoot s mind, and in the 1880s he wrote an article about the book for the second British edition of William Smith's Dictionary of the Bible. Thankfully, that is not all he left behind. Now on display for all to see, these commentary notes reveal a scholar well ahead of his time, one of the great minds of his or any generation. Well over a century later, The Acts of the Apostles remains a relevant and significant resource for the church today.
During the week of the festival visitors thronged the area and all Corinth went out
to serve and to celebrate with them.” The former needed tents in which to stay,
and the latter brought booths in which to display their wares. A good tentmaker ...
Author: Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Here Jerome Murphy-O'Connor presents a completely new, and much more vivid and dramatic account of the life of Paul than has ever previously been attempted. From his childhood in Tarsus and his years as a student in Jerusalem to the successes and failures of his ministry, this biography has no peer in terms of its detailed reconstructions of Paul's movements and motives. Traditionally, the Acts of the Apostles has provided the framework for the lives of Paul. In recent years, however, the historical value of the Acts has been called into question. Despite the accuracy of many details, they have been linked in ways which reflect the interests of Luke rather than objective reality. Critical assessment is called for if they are to be incorporated into a life of Paul. The prime source for a reconstruction of the Apostle's life must be his own writings. Recent advances in the study of the letters have brought to light new depths which enables them to be used for biographical purposes. The originality of this book lies in the combination of these two approaches, which are reinforced by close attention to the social and cultural aspects of Paul's ministry as revealed by archaeology and contemporary texts—and it transforms a fountain of theological ideas into a human being.
... but Paul's prayer was answered in that his life was preserved from the
murderous intent of the Jerusalem crowd (Acts ... participate in the absolution of
the four Nazarites held him fast in Jerusalem for a week, and compelled him on
the third ...
Author: Murray J. Harris
Publisher: Penn State Press
The reputation of the NIGTC series is so outstanding that the appearance of each new volume is noteworthy. This book on 2 Corinthians is no exception. Master New Testament exegete Murray J. Harris has produced a superb commentary that analyzes the Greek text verse by verse against the backdrop of Paul's tumultuous relations with his converts at Corinth. Believing that Scripture cannot be understood theologically unless it has first been understood grammatically, Harris provides a careful, thoroughgoing reading of the text of 2 Corinthians. He gives special attention to matters of translation, making regular references not only to the standard modern English translations but also to influential older versions such as "The Twentieth Century New Testament" and those by Weymouth, Moffatt, and Goodspeed. His close attention to matters of textual criticism and grammar leads to discussions of the theology of 2 Corinthians that show the relevance of Paul's teaching to Christian living and church ministry. Other notable features of the book include a comprehensive introduction in which all the relevant literary and historical issues are discussed, an expanded paraphrase of the letter that conveniently shows Harris's decisions on exegetical issues and indicates the flow of Paul's argument, a chronology of the relations of Paul, Timothy, and Titus with the Corinthian church, and an excursus on Paul's "affliction in Asia" (1:8-11) and its influence on his outlook and theology.
This guide provides everything you need to explore the readings from 1 Corinthians in six discussions—or to do a six-part exploration on your own. ... So each week “A Guide to the Reading,” drawing on the work of both modern biblical
scholars and Christian writers of the past, supplies ... “Questions for Application”
will help you consider what these words mean for This Guide your life here and
Author: Kevin Perrotta
Publisher: Loyola Press
In 1 Corinthians, Paul urges us to a deeper conversion in Christ. Learn what it means to live a holy life as you study Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. A Guided Discovery of the Bible The Bible invites us to explore God's word and reflect on how we might respond to it. To do this, we need guidance and the right tools for discovery. The Six Weeks with the Bible series of Bible discussion guides offers both in a concise six-week format. Whether focusing on a specific biblical book or exploring a theme that runs throughout the Bible, these practical guides in this series provide meaningful insights that explain Scripture while helping readers make connections to their own lives. Each guide• is faithful to Church teaching and is guided by sound biblical scholarship • presents the insights of Church fathers and saints • includes questions for discussion and reflection • delivers information in a reader-friendly format • gives suggestions for prayer that help readers respond to God's word • appeals to beginners as well as to advanced students of the Bible By reading Scripture, reflecting on its deeper meanings, and incorporating it into our daily life, we can grow not only in our understanding of God's word, but also in our relationship with God.
We unwrap the gift and find only the crucified and yet risen Christ—joy in our life
today and a week from next Tuesday. Dare we live in such a world, ... 2
Christians Have No Joy? 1 Corinthians 13:11–12 “Christians have 11 Rejoice in
Author: Matthew Rich
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Do you know what will happen a week from next Tuesday? You might find a quite ordinary day with work, laundry, and a child's soccer game. Or perhaps the day will bring an unexpected tragedy for someone you love. Maybe something completely out of the blue will surprise you. While no one can know what today, tomorrow, or a week from next Tuesday will hold, you can know Christ's gift of JOY in your life every day. Despite our best efforts to squelch its presence, JOY keeps showing up because Jesus Christ keeps showing up. With stories from pastor Matt Rich's life and ministry, A Week from Next Tuesday explores the birth, life, death, resurrection, and promised return of Christ to provide a glimpse of this amazing gift that cannot be lost or stolen. Ideal for personal devotion, small group study, and all those seeking something more in their own lives and the church, this book invites you to receive the gift of JOY as you begin to recognize Christ's presence in the ordinary, tragic, and surprising moments of your life.
... comprehensive, week-in and week-out teaching ministries of our local
congregations, a lack which leaves believers feeling ... This kind of individual “
lives as if there was nothing beyond the physical life and there were no needs
other than ...
Author: Craig L. Blomberg
Publisher: Zondervan Academic
Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from the twentieth century to the first century. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable -- but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps us with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into modern context. It explains not only what the Bible means but also how it can speak powerfully today.
16 Corinthian boasting was a common characteristic of the commu- nity. Due to
the ... Life in First Century Corinth Life in the first century Ce was extremely hard.
... They spent seven days a week working and trying to provide for their families.
Author: Ron Clark
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
When Paul came to Corinth he found a culture emerging from the ashes of Roman power. As Julius Caesar rebuilt the fallen city he brought Roman culture to this Greek community. Likewise, Paul's message of salvation in Jesus rebuilt the fallen lives of people dominated by a culture of power. This power was displayed in violence, discrimination, sexuality, and spirituality. As this city emerged from the ashes of humiliation the church emerged, by God's hand, from of the humiliation of Jesus and the cross. Today the church emerges in a culture of power, humiliation, and fear. Paul's challenge for the church is to be mature and practice unconditional love. This love is permanent. This love develops and empowers others. This love causes us to be in relationship with God and others. Through this love God's people see face to face. The church can emerge to radiate love, peace, and empowerment.
The sea-crossing from Ephesus to Corinth would take about a week,'''“ but
journeys between Corinth and Macedonia ... it would mean that the carrier of the Corinthian letter and the other Corinthian visitors “° Jewett, Dating Paul's Life, pp.
Author: Margaret Thrall
Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark
For over one hundred years, the International Critical Commentary series has held a special place among works on the Bible. It has sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis -- linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological--with a level of comprehension and quality of scholarship unmatched by any other series. No attempt has been made to secure a uniform theological or critical approach to the biblical text: contributors have been invited for their scholarly distinction, not for their adherence to any one school of thought. The first paperback editions to be published cover the heart of the New Testament, providing a wealth of information and research in accessible and attractive format.
I Corinthians 15:3&4 I am a retired little league football coach. From the time my
youngest son, Caleb, was old enough to play, you could find me every fall, four
nights a week, on the practice field, whistle around my neck, surrounded by
Read 2 Corinthians 1:3–7 as a group, then pray as follows: • Thank God for the
people he has sent into your life to minister comfort ... Take time this week to
reflect on the last time you went through a furnace experience of struggle and
Author: John Ortberg
Extend the Compassion and Grace of Jesus Jesus came to serve, sacrifice, and die. His humble lifestyle flies in the face of the conventional wisdom of a society that is fixated on getting more and scraping our way to the top. Not only did the Savior model a life of extraordinary service, he called his followers to join him in this mission. In 2 Corinthians we find a pathway to Jesus-like living. Paul calls us to align our hearts and lives with the way of the Savior and offer authentic love, amazing grace, extravagant generosity, and humble service. As we do this, we are shaped into the image of the One who served so hard he ended up on a cross.