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Category Archives: Old Testament

Understanding Genesis 1-3: An Interview with Dr. Vern Poythress

How can we faithfully read and understand Genesis 1-3? What are the implications related to divine authorship, historical background, genre and structure, and chronology? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Vern Poythress (@vernpoythress) about his book, Interpreting Eden: A Guide to Faithfully Reading and Understanding Genesis 1-3 (Crossway, 2019). [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Reading the […]

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Rahab: Desperate Enough to Change

by Kasey Van Norman When we first meet Rahab in the book of Joshua, she has no idea that she is about to go down in history as one of the most faithful women in the entire biblical narrative. She knows only two things—she is desperate and she is greatly in need of deliverance. Rahab’s […]

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Purim and the Bible

The Jewish holiday of Purim, based on the Bible’s book of Esther, commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from genocide at the direction of the Persian official Haman. [Read about Esther in the Encyclopedia of The Bible on Bible Gateway] According to the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (one of the many study references available […]

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How to Interpret the Book of Genesis: An Interview with C. John Collins

What does it mean to be a good reader of Genesis 1-11? What does it mean to take these ancient stories seriously and how does that relate to taking them literally? Can we even take any of this material seriously? How can we have a responsible conversation regarding science and biblical faith? Bible Gateway interviewed […]

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Actor Chris Pratt to Follow Bible-Based 21-Day Diet of Prayer and Fasting

“Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.” That’s what Old Testament prophet Daniel said to his Babylonian prison guard in the 7th century BC and now American actor Chris Pratt is modeling that diet thousands of years later. In his recent Instagram story, the Jurassic World star, who is vocal about […]

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How Esther Shows God Has a Purpose for Your Life: An Interview with Dr. Tony Evans

Do you believe God has a purpose for your life, and every action or event that occurs within it has been used to make that purpose a reality? Do you read the story of Esther as a series of coincidences strung together to deliver the Jews from certain death? Or as God having a particular […]

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As With Elijah, God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things: An Interview with R.T. Kendall

Who was the prophet Elijah and how is his ancient life exemplary for us in the 21st century? How did God use this ordinary man with many imperfections to accomplish extraordinary feats in the time of Old Testament kings? Bible Gateway interviewed R. T. Kendall (@DrRTKendall) about his book, These Are the Days of Elijah: […]

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How Jonah’s Story Fits the 21st Century: An Interview with Anthony Carter

How is the ancient story of Jonah the prophet a microcosm of the human story in the 21st century? How does the prophet’s rebellious spirit and his resulting circumstances demonstrate the surprising and unstoppable grace of God? Bible Gateway interviewed Anthony Carter (@eastpc) about his book, Running from Mercy: Jonah and the Surprising Story of […]

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How to Approach the Book of Habakkuk Using Bible Gateway Tools

The book of Habakkuk begins with a searing cry for help, a complaint to God for his silence in the face of terrible times: Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? (Habakkuk 1:3 – NIV) It ends, in three chapters, with remarkable rejoicing, despite the Babylonian scourge: Though…the flock […]

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Esther is the Tale of Evil in a World Where God Seems Absent: An Interview with Mike Cosper

How can Christianity survive in a secular world? How can Christians live without compromise in an increasingly hostile society? And what if Christians have already been shaped by their surrounding culture in harmful, soul-destroying ways? What are the parallels between the modern world and the biblical story of Esther? Bible Gateway interviewed Mike Cosper (@MikeCosper) […]

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