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Did God Really Command Genocide?: An Interview with Drs. Paul Copan & Matthew Flannagan

Would a good, kind, and loving deity ever command the wholesale slaughter of nations? We often avoid reading difficult Old Testament passages that make us squeamish and quickly jump to the enemy-loving, forgiving Jesus of the New Testament. And yet, the question remains. How can we understand the biblical, theological, philosophical, and ethical implications of […]

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How We Read the Bible: Bible Gateway’s 2014 Year in Review

Bible Gateway has published its 2014 Year in Review. Based on over 1.5 billion pageviews and over 150 million unique visitors to Bible Gateway from December 2013 through November 2014, the data we’ve gathered provides a glimpse at how people engaged with the Bible in 2014. You can view our findings here. Our Year in […]

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What is the Big Picture of the Book of Beginnings?

For 10 weeks we are focussing on how to understand the Old Testament. Many people find parts of the Old Testament daunting and challenging to understand. In the weeks to come we’ll break it all down, bit by bit, looking at the land of the Bible, the book of Genesis, the Law, the books of […]

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How Should We Understand the Stories of the Old Testament?

For the next 10 weeks we will focus on how to understand the Old Testament. Many people find parts of the Old Testament daunting and challenging to understand. In the weeks to come we’ll break it all down, bit by bit, looking at the land of the Bible, the book of Genesis, the Law, the […]

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Reading the Bible’s Historical Books: An Interview with Patricia Dutcher-Walls

Old Testament biblical history can be some of the most difficult material for readers of the Bible. The conventions of contemporary history writing are quite different from those of ancient Israelite writers. How can we better understand what we’re reading in the Bible’s history books? Bible Gateway interviewed the Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls about her […]

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Chart of Israel’s and Judah’s Kings and Prophets

Blogger Grid member Craig T. Owens (@craigtowens) has created the helpful chart above delineating the Old Testament kings and prophets of Israel and Judah. He says: One challenging point in history is the divided kingdoms of Israel (the 10 northern tribes) and Judah (the 2 southern tribes). What makes it challenging when reading straight through […]

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Job is a Book About Jesus: An Interview with Christopher Ash

The Old Testament book of Job can be mysterious, exhausting, and frustrating. Yet, for millennia, readers have also drawn comfort and hope from the story of Job’s extreme suffering. Bible Gateway interviewed Rev. Christopher Ash about his book, Job: The Wisdom of the Cross (Crossway, 2014). For those who are unfamiliar with it, briefly tell […]

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Experience the Tabernacle: An Interview with Jeanne Whittaker

The Bible devotes 50 chapters to the tabernacle, the portable tent complex that God instructed Moses to build and transport when the Israelites wandered in the wilderness in their escape from slavery in Egypt. It was meant to reassure the 12 tribes of Israel of God’s presence. While the original tabernacle existed thousands of years […]

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The Gospel According to Daniel: An Interview with Bryan Chapell

The book of Daniel in the Old Testament is best known to most Bible readers as the story of a man who ate vegetables, interpreted dreams, survived a lions’ den, and whose friends withstood a blast furnace. But how does the gospel of Jesus fit into it? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Bryan Chapell (@GracePresPeoria) about […]

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Eight Questions to Ask When You Read the Old Testament

It’s not a secret that many people, Christians included, find the Old Testament more challenging and difficult to understand than the New Testament. The reasons for this are many and much-discussed; foremost among them is the great cultural and literary gap between our era and Iron Age Mesopotamia. What it means is that while Christians […]

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