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NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible: An Interview with John Walton and Craig Keener

Remove banner ads and expand your Bible reading experience using our valuable library of more than 40 top resources by becoming a member of Bible Gateway Plus. Try it free for 30 days! Sometimes a little context is needed to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture. Reading the Bible could be compared […]

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Zondervan to Release NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

Decades of historical and cultural research on the ancient world will soon be accessible in the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Zondervan, August 2016). Notes and resources hand-picked by Bible scholars John H. Walton (Old Testament) and Craig Keener (New Testament) complement the New International Version of the Bible, the world’s most read and most […]

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Passover Explained: God’s Deliverance

The season of Passover is April 22-30, 2016.Browse resources for Passover in the Bible Gateway Store. The 8-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring in the Hebrew month of Nissan. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. This fascinating story is found in the book of Exodus. […]

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The Unexpected Christian Century: An Interview with Scott Sunquist

In 1900 Western “Christian empires” were ruling most of the world, leading many to assume Western Christianity would dominate the 20th century. What happened instead is that Christianity in the West declined dramatically, the empires collapsed, and Christianity’s center moved to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific. How did epochal changes in global Christianity […]

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When Was Each Book of the Bible Written?

Below are approximate dates of when each book of the Bible was written, listed in chronological order with links to each book on Bible Gateway. Also, look for the free chronological Bible reading schedule on our Bible Reading Plans page. [See Chronological Bibles in the Bible Gateway Store] Old Testament Job: Considered earliest, but date […]

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The Biblical Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, America celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Do you think of King’s message of equality as a political statement? If so, you might be surprised by the extent to which the Bible formed the basis for King’s vision. King understood that the fight for equality was a spiritual, not just a cultural or political, […]

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National Bible Association Hosts Special Reading of Aitken Bible at the US Capitol

The National Bible Association (@NationalBible) hosted a special Scripture reading event November 17 at 11 am at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. This reading was a precursor to the International Day of the Bible (@IntlDayofBible) (#BibleCelebration) which will be held November 23. Members of Congress and US Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black (@Chaplain_Black) read […]

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Original Translator’s Draft Provides Earliest Known Look at the King James Bible

It’s been an exciting month for fans and historians of the King James Bible: scholars have identified a set of original translator’s notes that give us our earliest known look at how the King James Bible took shape: …in the archives of Sidney Sussex College there survives now the earliest known draft of any part […]

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Owl Husbands, Persecuting Printers, and More: Famous Typos in the Bible

Christians believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, safeguarded through the generations by God’s hand. But physical copies of the Bible are typeset, printed, and published by fallible humans, which means that the occasional typographical error slips through. There have been some impressively unfortunate typos in the long publishing history of the […]

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The Bridge Builder: An Interview with Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

It’s not shocking that there is an Orthodox Rabbi from Chicago raising millions of dollars for Jewish philanthropy. It is astonishing that these donations come from evangelical Christians despite hundreds of years of discord and animosity between the two groups. What force could be behind this seemingly insurmountable feat? Bible Gateway interviewed Rabbi Yechiel Z. […]

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