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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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What Does the Bible Say About Fools?

According to the Encyclopedia of The Bible on Bible Gateway, folly is wrongheadedness; it’s the opposite of wisdom. It has to do with practical insights into the nature of things that lead to success or failure in life. Wisdom and folly in the Bible rest on the principle of adjustment to a higher law for […]

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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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The Bible Shows How God Overcomes Chaos: An Interview with Sidney Greidanus

When God created the world, he brought perfect order out of what was “without form and void.” But with human rebellion against God, disorder (chaos) was introduced into creation which God continues to redeem (cosmos). How is this “chaos to cosmos” theme interwoven through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation? Bible Gateway interviewed Sidney Greidanus […]

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Learn More About the Genealogy of Jesus this Christmas

See the Fulfillment of God’s Covenant in the Names of a Family Tree From the first chapter of Matthew, the New Testament displays how God keeps the covenants he gives to his people throughout the Old Testament. Matthew 1:1-17 lists the incredible genealogy that stretches from Abraham to the Messiah, outlining the long and breathtakingly […]

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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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Revolutionize Your Bible Study by Tracing Themes Through Scripture

If you’re exasperated with Bible studies that haphazardly pick arbitrary passages to draw vague applications for your life, Zondervan’s new free Bible study Trace the Themes is exactly what you’re waiting for. [Sign up for the Dwelling in God’s Presence free email 5-day devotional with insights drawn from the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible] Zondervan […]

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New Verse Mapping Bible Study Launched

Realizing the interconnectedness of Scripture throughout the Bible requires a level of research and resource that many Bible readers feel they’re lacking. The assumption is this level of in-depth biblical knowledge falls to the academy, pastor, or theologian. Award-winning author, Kristy Cambron (@KCambronAuthor), has set out to break the mold in a new verse mapping […]

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How Is the Exodus Theme Expressed Throughout the Bible?: An Interview with Alastair J. Roberts

How is the theme of exodus spread throughout both the Old and New Testaments? How is its message of redemption through Jesus Christ from slavery to sin seen in a unified manner in Scripture? Bible Gateway interviewed Alastair J. Roberts (@zugzwanged), who, along with Andrew Wilson (@AJWTheology), authored the book, Echoes of Exodus: Tracing Themes […]

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Bite-Sized Bible Knowledge: An Interview with Michael Heiser

What if aspects of biblical scholarship could be distilled into understandable bite-sized insights you could read each in 60-seconds to unlock the Bible’s individual sections and main teachings? Bible Gateway interviewed Michael Heiser (@msheiser) about the 60-Second Scholar Series (Zondervan, 2018). What is the 60-Second Scholar Series and for whom is it written? Michael Heiser: […]

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