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Bible News Roundup – Week of August 30, 2015

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The Most Popular Bible of the Year is Probably Not What You Think It Is
The Washington Post
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Survey Shows How People Connect To Faith On Mobile Devices
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Year of the Bible at Colorado Christian University
Colorado Christian University
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Detroit Lions’ Don Carey Goes Deep in Bible Studies
The Detroit News
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Slideshow: Bible Translation Day—Then and Now
Dr. Douglas Moo’s speech: Evangelicals and Bible Translation

A Major Transition is Occurring in Bible Translation
Bible Translation 3.0 – Mission Frontiers
A New Era in Bible Translation – Mission Frontiers
Bible Translation in the Digital Age – Mission Frontiers

Adventist Scholars Release a Modern Translation of the Bible in Russian
Adventist Review
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In the Beginning was the Word, Now on Display at Penn Museum
A Collection of Bible Museums & Exhibits

Churches Participating in The Story Bible Education Program
Vail Daily
The Story is Improving Bible Literacy in Churches: An Interview with Shelley Leith

No Request Too Big or Too Small for Scripture Booklets
Mission Network News

No Country has a Complete Translation of the Bible in Sign Language
Mission Network News

Storytelling & Bible Engagement
Mission Network News
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Nepalese People Receive Digital Bible After Disaster
American Bible Society
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CNN: A Catholic Reads the Bible

WWI Bible Returned to UK Family on Centenary of Battle Where It Was Lost
Gazette & Herald

For Centuries, This Book Sold 2nd Only to Bible
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Accolades for the New NIV Zondervan Study Bible

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“…a magnificent achievement. The illustrations are stunning and the maps are expertly done. Most important, the content in both the articles and the commentary is superb. Every Bible reader and person in ministry should turn to it often for help.”
Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner, Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“This NIV Zondervan Study Bible is a tremendous tool for informed Bible reading and study. The notes are written by the best assembly I’ve seen of faithful, international scholars. I highly recommend this publication.”
Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

“Don Carson and the whole team deserve our congratulations. The notes and articles of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible are helpful, thorough, and readable, and the maps and artwork are beautiful. I am particularly grateful for the writers’ emphasis on Biblical Theology and the unity of the Bible.”
Paul R. House, Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University

“This is a study Bible like no other! It’s not every study Bible that brings a layman-accessible seminary education with it, but this one surely does.”
Fred Zaspel, Pastor, Reformed Baptist Church in Franconia, PA and adjunct professor, Calvary Baptist Seminary

“The NIV Zondervan Study Bible is a tremendous resource for both pastors and congregations. In this Study Bible, readers will find a library of resources available at their fingertips from the world’s best and most committed Evangelical scholars. The contributors to this volume have done the church a remarkable service. Let the NIV Zondervan Study Bible equip you for more faithful theological thinking and doctrinal integrity.”
R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“With a treasure trove of fair-minded introductions to biblical books and themes, accessible verse-by-verse commentary by a stellar cast of experts, and a reliable series of articles on the gospel-shape of all Scripture, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible is a uniquely important resource to add to your collection.”
The Rev’d Dr. John P. Dickson, Founding Director, Centre for Public Christianity

“…it has precisely the kinds of helps a Bible reader would hope to find to aid one’s understanding and appreciation for what the Bible teaches. This study Bible has all the marks of greatness about it, both in its introductory articles and the accompanying notes, pictures, and graphs.”
Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., President-Emeritus Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Click to browse the many available editions of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible in the Bible Gateway StoreThe New International Version of the Bible, the world’s most read and most trusted modern-English Bible translation, is now complemented by extensive study notes and resources designed and edited by general editor and The Gospel Coalition co-founder, D.A. Carson. The new NIV Zondervan Study Bible presents the best of evangelical biblical scholarship, appealing to a broad spectrum of Bible readers. Built from the ground up to reflect the most current 21st century scholarship, Dr. Carson—along with a team of over 60 contributors—crafted all-new study notes, book and section introductions, a library of articles, and other study tools that specifically focus on biblical theology—or the progressive unfolding of theological concepts through the Bible.

An added bonus when you purchase the NIV Zondervan Study Bible print edition: you’ll get a code to gain free digital access (a $19.99 value) to its comprehensive study notes, maps, charts, articles and more from your computer or mobile device through Bible Gateway and Olive Tree.

[See our blogpost: The Story of the Bible: How the Good News About Jesus Is Central.]

Click to browse the many available editions of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible in the Bible Gateway Store

[See our blogpost: Read More Than One Bible Version Side-By-Side on Bible Gateway.]

The all-new study tools provided in the NIV Zondervan Study Bible support the project’s unique goal of “unpacking God’s story:”

  • first book-by-book
  • then as collections of biblical literature
  • and finally tracing the Bible’s complete witness to the gospel.

Click to browse the many available editions of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible in the Bible Gateway Store

Bible students from every walk of life will grow deeper in their understanding of Scripture as God’s story is unpacked by

  • nearly 20,000 new, comprehensive verse-by-verse study notes
  • a 4-color interior with over 60 informative charts
  • more than 90 maps
  • and hundreds of photos.

In addition, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible houses a library of 28 articles by award-winning scholars covering topics such as covenant, the Bible and theology, and love and grace, among others.

Releasing within the year-long NIV 50th anniversary celebration, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible reflects the vision that drove the commissioning of the original translation committee in 1965. Dr. Douglas Moo, assistant editor of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible and also the chair of the current Committee on Bible Translation—the governing body that oversees the NIV translation—agreed to commit the additional time to this project because, he says, “I am convinced a study Bible that focuses on putting the whole story of the Bible together is a vital resource for the people of God.”

[See our blogpost: Doug Moo’s Special Message on Bible Translation (Live Presentation from ETS 2014)]

For more information on the NIV’s anniversary celebration, visit (@NIVBible). Join the social media conversation with these hashtags: #NIV, #NIVBible, and #NIV50.

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Under the guidance of Carson, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible also represents the work of associate editors Richard S. Hess, T.D. Alexander, Douglas J. Moo, and assistant editor Andrew David Naselli, as well as 60 additional contributors. Says Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, “This NIV Zondervan Study Bible is a tremendous tool for informed Bible reading and study. The notes are written by the best assembly I’ve seen of faithful, international scholars.” More information is available at

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About Zondervan
Zondervan is a world-leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, as part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI. For additional information, please visit

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, featuring Dr. D.A. Carson as general editor, is built on the truth of Scripture and centered on the gospel message. It’s a comprehensive undertaking of crafted study notes and tools to present a biblical theology of God’s special revelation in the Scripture.

Poll: People Don’t Bring a Print Bible on Summer Vacation

Since the beginning of the summer (in the Northern Hemisphere), we’ve been asking Bible Gateway Blog readers to answer the question: “When do you read your Bible while on family vacation?” Surprisingly, the most selected answer (27%) by the more than 1,600 people responding is: “I don’t pack a Bible.”

This might mean that they don’t read the Bible at all while on vacation, or that they rely on a different source for Scripture—perhaps a Bible app (like the Bible Gateway App), Bible readings via email, or even a Gideons Bible in their hotel room.

The other answers selected in our poll are:

  • During family devotions (before the start of traveling each day) (23%)
  • Whenever I remember to (18%)
  • Other (15%)
  • In the car (any time daily while traveling) (9%)
  • Around the campfire (before bedtime) (6%)
  • Beside the pool (during an activity each day) (2%)

No matter how you read the Bible on vacation or elsewhere, we want to assist you in your objective of knowing God’s Word. One way is to use Bible Gateway’s many Bible Reading Plans that you can easily personalize to fit your own reading style and time schedule. Once you sign up, be sure to share what you read with your Facebook and Twitter followers, telling them about the options available on Bible Gateway.

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A Wicked Birthday Party: The Story of Herodias and Salome

Ann SpanglerWhat can Jezebel, the Bible’s wickedest queen, reveal about God’s holiness and power and even about his sense of humor? What about the Woman at the Well—the one with five husbands and a live-in lover? And what of the prostitute whose tears bathe the feet of Jesus in front of people who despise her?

There are also “wicked good” women like Deborah, Ruth, Hannah, Abigail, Esther, Mary, and more. What do their lives tell us about God’s invincible love and his determined plan to save us?

Click to buy your copy of Wicked Women of the Bible in the Bible Gateway StoreIn her new book Wicked Women of the Bible (Zondervan, 2015), Ann Spangler (@annspangler) tells the stories of 20 wicked and “wicked good” women in greater detail. At the end of each story, Ann provides a brief section including additional historical and cultural background as well as a brief Bible study in order to enhance the book’s appeal to both individuals and groups.

The stories of these women of the Bible reveal a God who is not above it all but who stoops down to meet us where we are in order to extend his love and mercy.

[Subscribe to Ann Spangler’s weekly free email devotionals, Women of the Bible and Men of the Bible]

[See our blogpost: Wicked Women of the Bible: An Interview with Ann Spangler]

The following article is an excerpt from Wicked Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler. Visit to learn more. Save 47%! Pre-order the new book today from the Bible Gateway Store.]

[Also see the book excerpt, A Wicked Sorceress: The Story of the Medium of Endor]

A Wicked Birthday Party: The Story of Herodias and Salome

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the
books were opened: and another book was opened, which is
the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things
which were written in the books, according to their works.
Revelation 20:12

Key Scriptures: Matthew 14:3-12; Mark 6:14-29

How a Wicked Mother-and-Daughter Combo Committed Bloody Murder

In the moonlight that streams through the window, she can see tiny beads of sweat glistening on his forehead. He is agitated and fitful, disturbed by some nocturnal vision. Even though she knows it’s coming, she jumps when his scream tears the silence. And he jumps too, now wide awake. Herod Antipas sits up in bed, recalling the terror he’s just lived through.

“It was John,” he exclaims. “So real. I saw the slash across his neck, the blood streaming down his beard and clumping in his hair. Suddenly he appeared, out of the darkness, pointing straight at me. Though his mouth was closed, I heard him say: ‘You viper! Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees, and the trees that bear no fruit shall be cut down and cast into the fire.’ He kept saying it, over and over, calling me a snake. I grabbed a club to beat him off, but he just stood there staring!

“Then I saw them, off to the side—a multitude of people screaming and in torment, burning but not burning up—and among them there was my face staring back at me!”

The tears are running down his face now. His body shakes. It has been like this off and on since the night of his birthday feast.

Herodias can still smell platters of meat, heaped high with sheep tail, roasted lamb, quail, and veal. She sees the servants weaving in and out of the raucous crowd, carrying trays loaded with grapes, figs, and dates, and delicate dishes made from gazelle meat and bird tongue. There are almonds, olives, pomegranates, and delicious desserts. High officials and military men have gathered to wish Herod well. Wearing garlands on their heads, the leading men of Galilee toast him with endless cups of wine imported from Italy and Cyprus. Paved in beautiful mosaic and bedecked with large, multicolored tapestries, the palace is filled with musicians, dancers, and storytellers whose only purpose is to amuse and delight.

The occasion is Herod’s birthday. The location is Machaerus, a palatial stone fortress just east of the Dead Sea. Perched high upon a mountaintop, it is surrounded on three sides by deep ravines and boasts a commanding view of the eastern frontier. From its heights, Jerusalem and Jericho can plainly be seen. Like all fortresses, this one has its share of dungeons. Inside one of them, a man is fastened to the wall in chains. He is Herod’s prisoner, a prophet named John.

A wild, unkempt man clad only in camel skin and a leather belt, John the Baptist both fascinates and repels Herod, who brings him out from time to time to hear him preach. The man is so compelling that Herod wonders what it might be like to follow him into the Jordan River so that John can baptize him. But how can he since John has already publicly condemned him, accusing him of committing incest by marrying Herodias, who was both his niece and his half-brother’s wife?

Still, Herod’s sliver of a conscience tells him it would be a crime to kill a man as good as John. Plus, he fears that murdering the prophet will spark an insurrection. So instead of executing John as he might like to do, he lets him languish in prison for most of a year.

But Herodias will not let the matter drop. She despises John for condemning her divorce and remarriage and for doing it so publicly. How dare he threaten and thunder, dragging her name in the dirt, as though he is God? Whenever she speaks of him, Antipas catches a glint of malice in her eye that reminds him of his father of not so blessed memory.

Herod the Great was a man of grand ambitions and abilities. But he was grandly paranoid too. In addition to murdering several of his sons, he put all the baby boys of Bethlehem to death merely on talk of a star and a little child destined to be king. Caesar Augustus once joked that he would rather be Herod’s pig (hus) than his son (huis), because as a nominal Jew, Herod would at least have had some scruples about slaughtering a pig, though he certainly had none about executing members of his own family.

Herodias herself is the granddaughter of Herod the Great and therefore her husband’s niece. Living in the shadow of her grandfather’s monstrous paranoia, she is aware that her own father, grandmother, and several of her uncles were among his many victims. With ten wives, he had plenty of children to fear. But Herodias was not one of them. Instead, she was numbered among his favorite grandchildren. Doting on her, he arranged a marriage with one of his surviving sons, her uncle Herod Philip.

But Philip was landless and crownless, and if Herodias longed for anything, it was for a glittering crown to wear on her head. While she was thinking of how to acquire one, Philip’s half-brother Antipas happened to visit them at their home in Rome. He stayed for days and days and was so smitten by Herodias that he begged her to leave Philip and marry him. Herodias was shameless and clever and would not abandon her husband unless Antipas promised to divorce his wife, a Nabatean princess, who was the daughter of King Aretas IV.

So Herod Antipas destroyed his alliance with Aretas by divorcing his wife, and Herodias abandoned her current uncle-husband to acquire another.

Though she loves him, Herodias thinks Herod Antipas is something of a disappointment. Merely a tetrarch, who rules Galilee and Perea—the land beyond the Jordan—he has not yet managed to grace her brow with a crown. As it happens, Antipas’s territory is the region in which both John and his cousin Jesus can most frequently be found, preaching, teaching, performing wonders, and stirring up trouble.

Like all the Herods, Herodias is a schemer. But her first scheme, to use Herod Antipas as a stepping stone to power, had been openly challenged by John, whose insolence quickly ignited her wrath. So she decided to silence him, if not all at once then in measured steps. She began by pressuring Herod to imprison the popular prophet. Once John was thrown into jail, she waited for an opportune time to finish him off. She pressured Herod, but without results. How is it, she wondered, that even though she is only a woman, she is twice the man her husband is?

Then comes Herod’s birthday celebration, the perfect occasion to complete her scheme. She relies on Salome, the daughter she bore to her first husband, Herod Philip. Dressing her in a costume of glittering silver, she instructs her daughter to perform her most beguiling dance. Herodias has carefully calculated the moment, counting on Salome’s performance to create the perfect climax for her husband’s boisterous birthday party. And she is not disappointed.

With a sultry smile, Salome spins and twirls, extending her arms in a great, expanding circle as she moves across the floor, inviting every man to imagine what it would be like to become her intimate acquaintance. Finally, when she has exhausted every seductive surprise, she comes to rest like a delicate bouquet at Herod’s feet.

“Bravo!” he says, and all his guests rise to applaud her.

“Ask me for whatever you want and I’ll give it, up to half my kingdom!” he declares.

Excusing herself for just one moment, Salome hurries out to consult her mother. “Ask him,” Herodias whispers, “for the head of John the Baptist.”

Returning at once, the young girl appears before Herod and says, “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”

The request dismays Herod. He had not seen this coming. The political climate is not conducive for executing such a man. Plus it is a violation of the law to carry out a sentence or to behead a man without first holding a trial. But he has made a public oath and will not shame himself by rescinding it in front of so many powerful men. Immediately he orders John’s execution.

In a few minutes ’time, while the guests are still murmuring about Salome’s extraordinary dance and her shocking request, the executioner returns. He is holding a large platter on which John’s head rests. He presents it to Salome, who then presents it to her mother, who accepts it with great pleasure.

On hearing of John’s murder, his disciples come and take his body and lay it gently in a tomb.

When Jesus learns of his cousin’s death, he withdraws from the ever-present crowd to be alone and pray. Grieving for John, the best man he has ever known, his own future comes clearly into view.

As the fame of Jesus spreads, people begin to say that he is John the Baptist risen from the dead. Even Herod is haunted by the possibility and has been overheard, saying, “John, the man I beheaded, has been raised from the dead.”

Herodias believes no such nonsense and is haunted by nothing but her continued ambition to one day become a queen. But there is more horror to come. In due time, she will accompany Herod to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover. She will be present on the day that Jesus, the one they call the Christ, appears before him accused of many crimes.

Later, after John and Jesus have both been executed, one by Herod and the other by Pontius Pilate, now Herod’s bosom friend, she will watch her husband’s armies flee from King Aretas, who is determined to avenge himself on the man who years earlier had divorced his daughter to marry someone else.

Herod Antipas is so thoroughly defeated that many think of his humiliation as divine retribution for beheading John. Still, Herodias pursues her schemes of greatness, this time urging Herod Antipas to go to Rome in order to petition Emperor Caligula to bestow on him a royal crown. But her brother Agrippa is a clever liar who sends a messenger ahead of them accusing Herod of sedition. Stripping him of all his lands and goods, Caligula banishes Herod and Herodias to Gaul, where Herod soon perishes.

Though Herodias lives on, her story fades. We don’t know what becomes of her. Whether her calloused heart led her into yet more wicked schemes or whether it was softened by the loss of everything she ever wanted, we will never know. What we do know is that she was guilty of at least one great act of wickedness, choosing to murder the man who through his powerful preaching turned the hearts of many wayward people back to the God who loved them.

The Takeaway

What might have prevented Herodias from turning toward God and away from her sins? What prevents you from doing the same? Why is power often such a corrupting force even among good people? How have you handled power, whether on a large or small scale, in your own life?

The above excerpt is from Wicked Women of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by Ann Spangler. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Taken from pp. 172-176.

Bio: Ann Spangler is an award-winning writer and the author of many bestselling books, including Praying the Names of God, Praying the Names of Jesus, and The One Year Devotions for Women. She’s also coauthor of Women of the Bible and Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, and the general editor of the Names of God Bible. Ann’s fascination with and love of Scripture have resulted in books that have opened the Bible to a wide range of readers. She and her two daughters live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Bible News Roundup – Week of August 23, 2015

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August 25 Marked the Official Release of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible
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Video: God Wrote a Book
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USCCB National Bible Week (Nov. 15–21, 2015) to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Dei Verbum, Role of Bible in the Family
International Day of the Bible is Nov. 23, 2015

“The Saint John’s Bible: Illuminating the Word” Exhibition at the Biggs Museum in December
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British Library will Lend World’s Oldest Bible to British Museum
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At Penn Museum Pre-Papal Artifacts Look at Links Among Faiths
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New Children’s Bible Reaches the Un-Reached in Eurasia
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New NIV Bible Helps Girls Navigate Teen Years
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UK Cathedrals Booming Thanks to ‘Late Night Shopping’ Tactics
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When Jesus Got the Bible Wrong
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The BE Commentary Series – New Study Feature on Bible Gateway

Dr. Warren W. WiersbeBible Gateway provides many free resources to help you understand the Bible. We’ve now added commentary volumes for the books of Genesis, Psalms, Proverbs, John, and Romans from the popular BE Bible study series by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe, published by David C Cook.

[See our blogpost: Read More Than One Bible Version Side-By-Side]

Dr. Wiersbe is an internationally known Bible teacher and the former pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago. For ten years he served as general director and Bible teacher for the Back to the Bible radio broadcast. Dr. Wiersbe has written more than 150 books. In 2002, he was awarded the Jordon Lifetime Achievement Award by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He and his wife, Betty, live in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Click to buy your copy of The Warren Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Romans in the Bible Gateway Store

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Click to buy your copy of The Warren Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Psalms in the Bible Gateway Store

Click to buy your copy of The Warren Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Genesis 25-50 in the Bible Gateway Store

Click to buy your copy of The Warren Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Genesis 12-25 in the Bible Gateway Store

Click to buy your copy of The Warren Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Genesis 1-11 in the Bible Gateway Store

Whether you’re a pastor, teacher, or curious Christian, use these BE series commentaries to study the Bible verse-by-verse in easy-to-read sections that emphasize personal application as well as biblical meaning. The BE Series is the culmination of Dr. Wiersbe’s life work and is respected by many as a warm and stimulating approach to Bible study.

One reviewer says, “Dr. Wiersbe writes with such clarity and in a ‘down to earth’ fashion, it is a thorough encouragement and makes me want to dig into God’s Word even deeper and learn and grow more.”

[See our blogpost: How to Read the Context of a Verse on Bible Gateway]

Here’s how to easily access the BE commentary series on Bible Gateway.

While Reading a Bible Passage

Look up any Scripture passage (say, John 3) and then click or tap the Study This button. It looks like this:

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This will display the list of Bible study resources on Bible Gateway. You can then select the category you’d like to open by choosing from the complete list in the drop down menu. Click “Commentaries.”

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Now select “Warren Wiersbe BE Bible Study Series.”

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This will result in the display of links to reference sections in the commentary selected.

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Clicking “John 3″ will open the commentary text for that Scripture portion by Warren Wiersbe.

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The commentary text is shown alongside the Bible text to which it refers.

If you’d like to purchase a print edition of the BE commentary series, you’ll find the volumes in the Bible Gateway Store.

Praying the Bible: An Interview with Donald Whitney

Donald S. WhitneySince prayer is talking with God—the only Person in the universe worthy of being called awesome—why don’t people pray more? Why don’t the people of God enjoy prayer more? When you’ve said the same old words about the same old things about a thousand times, how do you feel about saying them again? Could the Bible help shape your thoughts and petitions?

Bible Gateway interviewed Donald S. Whitney (@DonWhitney) about his book, Praying the Bible (Crossway, 2015).

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Why does God want us to pray?

Dr. Whitney: God wants us to pray for the same reason you want your newborn to cry—it’s a sign of life. Just as the spirit of life in a baby causes it to cry, so the Spirit of life in child of God causes him to cry, “Abba! Father!” (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6).

God also wants us to pray because that’s how we communicate with him. We can’t send Him an email or text (even though He sees them all). But we can speak to Him. Prayer is also the means God has ordained by which we receive many of the blessings He has for us.

It seems people don’t really enjoy praying. Why is that?

Dr. Whitney: Christians should enjoy prayer, right? After all, prayer is communion with God Himself, the Creator of the universe. And yet, we can lose the enjoyment of God in prayer if we say the same old things about the same old things when we pray. Repetitive prayers soon lead to wandering minds. Wandering minds lead to aimless, joyless prayer.

How are people’s prayer methods problematic?

Dr. Whitney: As I mentioned, when people pray the same old things about the same old things, problems arise. Prayers without variety tend to become words without meaning. Repetitive, meaningless prayers are boring. And when prayer is boring, you don’t feel like praying. And when you don’t feel like praying, you don’t pray—at least with any fervency or consistency. Five to seven minutes of prayer can seem like an eternity, and your mind wanders for half that time. You’ll suddenly come to yourself and think, “Now where was I? I haven’t been thinking of God for the last several minutes.” And you return to that mental script which you’ve said so many times, and as a result almost immediately your mind begins to wander again. That’s because you’ve said those same words so many times that’s it’s almost impossible to keep your attention focused in prayer.

Now, the problem is not that people pray about the same old things. In fact, to pray about the same old things is normal. My observation has been that when people pray, they tend pray about the same six things: family, future, finances, work or schoolwork, church/ministry/Christian concern, and the current crisis in life. If you’re going to pray about your life, these things are your life. If you don’t think so, how much of your life has no connection whatsoever to your family, future, finances, work or schoolwork, church/ministry/Christian concern, and the current crisis? And thankfully, these six things don’t change dramatically very often.

So if you’re going to pray about your life, and these six things are your life, and these six things don’t change dramatically very often, that means you’re going to pray basically about the same old things most of the time. That’s normal. That’s not the problem. The problem is when we say the same old things about the same old things. That’s boring.

What are you recommending as the simple solution to the boring routine of praying the same old words about the same old things?

Dr. Whitney: The simple, permanent, biblical solution to saying the same old things about the same old things in prayer is this: when you pray, pray through a passage of Scripture. When you do this, you’ll continue praying about the same old things, but you’ll pray about them in brand new ways.

In other words, pray the words of Scripture and you’ll never again suffer with saying the same old things about the same old things. Each time you pray it’ll be a different prayer than you’ve every prayed in your life. And this will be true even though you continue to pray about the same old things.

What are the practical steps of praying the Bible?

Dr. Whitney: Simply turn what you read in the Bible into prayer. In other words, talk to God about what comes to mind, verse-by-verse, as you go through a passage.

Now let me unpack that in little more detail. After your Bible reading, choose a passage from which to pray. Normally that will either be a passage you’ve just finished reading or else a psalm. So after you read a chapter in your daily Bible reading, you might go back and pray through—as time allows—what you just read through.

Most days, however, after my Bible reading I usually go to the book of Psalms and choose one of the Psalms to pray through. That’s because the Psalms are the only book of the Bible inspired for the very purpose of being reflected to God. (As you know, the Psalms were the songbook of Israel; words inspired by God for the purpose of being reflected to God in song.)

So let’s say I’ve chosen to pray through Psalm 23. I read the first line—“The Lord is my Shepherd”—and I pray what comes to mind from that line. So I might pray:

“Lord, I thank you that you are my shepherd. You’re a good shepherd. You have shepherded me all my life. But, Great Shepherd, would You shepherd my family today? Please guard them from the ways of the world and guide them into the ways of God. I pray that You would cause my children to love you as their shepherd too. Please make them Your sheep. And would You shepherd me in this decision I need to make about my future? Please shepherd me into Your path on this. I also pray for our undershepherds at the church. Please shepherd them as they shepherd us.”

I would continue to pray in this way about whatever comes to mind as I read “The Lord is my shepherd” until nothing else comes to mind. When that happens, I look at the next line, “I shall not want.” Just like with the first line, I talk to God about whatever that verse brings to mind.

What do you mean when you say pray a Bible passage, line by line, even if what comes to mind has nothing to do with the text?

Dr. Whitney: When praying line-by-line through a passage, sometimes you may encounter verses you don’t understand. Or maybe you do understand the verse but it doesn’t prompt anything to pray about. It’s fine to skip those verses. Nothing says a person has to pray over every single verse, or that a person cannot dwell for their entire prayer time on a single verse. And nothing says a person has to finish the entire psalm.

You simply talk with God about whatever comes to mind as you are reading a passage, even if what comes to mind has nothing to do with the text.

Now, let me defend that from the text. What does the text of Scripture tell us we can pray about? Everything! In other words, we can take every thought Godward, even if what we think while reading the Bible doesn’t relate to the text.

For example, suppose you’re praying through Psalm 130 and you read verse 3, “If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” As you do, your friend Mark comes to mind? You know that verse is not about your friend Mark when it uses the verb “mark.” But what should you do? Pray for Mark!

Or what if you’re praying through a passage and sinful thoughts come to mind? You know for certain that the verse is not teaching the sinful thoughts you are having. What should you do? Turn those thoughts Godward. Confess them. Pray about them.

I use those extreme examples to make a point. But frankly, I believe that most of the time what comes to people’s minds as they’re praying through a passage will be something much closer to the true meaning of the text. Furthermore, is there any better way for people to learn the true meaning of the text—if all they have is the Bible and the Holy Spirit; no other tools or resources—than to pray over a passage? Besides, as I’ve already mentioned, I think in most cases if someone comes to a verse they don’t understand, they’re going to pass over it and go to the next verse.

What’s the difference between interpreting the Bible and praying the Bible?

Dr. Whitney: In every other case I can think of, when we come to the Bible a primary concern should be accuracy of interpretation. We never have a right to read into the text what we want it to say. It’s our job to dig out of the text what it says and means. Hermeneutics—being concerned to interpret the text of Scripture accurately—is foundational to all biblical Christianity.

But I want to emphasize that what I’m teaching is not about Bible study, but about prayer. With Bible study our primary concern is the meaning of the text—using cross-references, extra-biblical tools, etc.—to discover that meaning. Only secondarily are we praying, perhaps occasionally thinking, “Lord, what does this mean?” or “How do I apply this?”

With what I’m advocating our primary activity is prayer, not Bible study. We’re praying, but while occasionally glancing at the Bible. We’re simply talking with God about whatever His Word suggests as we read it.

By this means our prayers become Word-shaped. Moreover, the Word of God teaches us as we pray, something that rarely happens when we don’t use the Bible as the basis of our prayers.

I have enough confidence in the Word and the Spirit that if people would pray the Bible, their prayers would be far more biblical than they would be if they just made up their own prayers, which is what most people do nearly all the time.

How do you pray through a psalm when it calls for God’s judgment upon his enemies?

Dr. Whitney: Yes, those Imprecatory Psalms! This is not the place for a lengthy treatment on interpreting them, though ultimately I think we put all the Psalms—in one way or another—in the mouth of Jesus. I’m doubtful we should pray specific people’s names when we pray through the Imprecatory Psalms. I often put the enemies of my soul—that is, those enemies that come from that sin factory that beats in my chest—in those psalms. I sometimes put our national sins in there, as when asking God to destroy racism, abortion, etc., in this country.

Essentially I think we can pray the Imprecatory Psalms in general against all unrighteousness, against all who remain lifelong, unrepentant enemies of God. In the end we’re saying that we stand with God and His righteousness and that we want all unrighteousness and all who stand as His eternal enemies to be destroyed.

What do you recommend as a systematic approach for praying a psalm each day?

Dr. Whitney: I recommend something that didn’t originate with me—a little plan called “The Psalms of the Day.” The benefit of this plan is that it gives the reader specific psalms to turn to each day. It eliminates the random turning of pages, looking for just the right psalm. That tends to be a drag on the prayer life.

Start with the day of the month. That’s your first psalm. So if today is the 15th of the month, the first psalm you consider is Psalm 15. Then, because there’s often 30 days in the month you add 30 and get Psalm 45. After that you simply continue adding 30 until you get five Psalms. So on the 15th of every month, your five Psalms of the Day are 15, 45, 75, 105, and 135. On the 31st, pray through a section of Psalm 119.

If you’ll take just 30 seconds or so to scan five psalms every day, it’s uncanny how one of them will put into expression something that’s looking for expression in your heart.

A second benefit of this method is that it systematically exposes people to all 150 Psalms. All the Psalms are equally inspired, even though they’re not all equally easy to pray through.

After Psalms, what other parts of the Bible do you recommend people pray through and how should they do that?

Dr. Whitney: All the Bible is worthy of praying through, of course. But I find that the easiest place to do this is the Book of Psalms. Not only were the Psalms inspired by God for the purpose of being reflected to God, but as someone has said, there’s a psalm for every sigh of the soul. With 150 psalms, the entire range of human emotions is found there. You’ll never go through anything in your life where you will not find the root emotion expressed somewhere in the Psalms. That’s why if someone will quickly scan five psalms every day it’s amazing how one of them will put into words what’s swirling in your soul.

Beyond this, I find that the New Testament letters are the next best place in Scripture from which to pray Scripture. That’s because there’s so much truth compressed into them that virtually every verse will suggest something to pray about.

The narratives are a little more difficult. Instead of looking at the text microscopically as in the Psalms and New Testament letters, I find that by looking for the “big idea” presented in the particular story I usually have no difficulty in praying through a narrative section.

What do you hope will be the ultimate result as more people pray the Bible?

Dr. Whitney: That those who know how to pray the Scriptures will teach others how to pray the Bible until every Christian on the planet has learned how to pray God’s Word.

What are your thoughts about Bible Gateway and the Bible Gateway App?

Dr. Whitney: Use them to pray through the Bible!

Bio: Donald S. Whitney (PhD, DMin) is professor of biblical spirituality and associate dean at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He’s written several books related to Christian spirituality, including Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Simplify Your Spiritual Life: Spiritual Disciplines for the Overwhelmed, and 10 Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health. Don blogs regularly at

Get to Know Bible Readers: Dr. William Gray

Dr. William A. GrayDr. William A. Gray is president of Corporate Mentoring Solutions Inc. He’s the author of Why Become a Christian?: A Spiritual Memoir (Paley, Whately, & Greenleaf Press, 2015).

Where do you live and go to church?

Dr. Gray: My wife Marilynne and I live in North Saanich, BC, Canada (about 18 miles north of Victoria, BC). We worship at Saanichton Bible Fellowship because our pastors provide great Bible-based teaching and several worship teams inspire everyone’s praise to God. For example, we just concluded a six week series on the Great Hymns and Praise Songs: we sang them and learned about the “story behind the song” (e.g., John Newton’s Amazing Grace, Horatio Spafford’s It is Well with My Soul, Melody and Keith Green’s There is a Redeemer which sprang from the hippie era).
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Why is reading the Bible important to you?

Dr. Gray: After some 20 years practicing religious legalism as a devout Roman Catholic, I left the teaching and rules of the church. I went in the opposite direction for some 10 years pursuing the humanistic license to do my own thing, until God got my attention because my life was not working. I knew I needed a strong intellectual faith to support a saving faith in Jesus Christ, so I read the Bible and books that authenticated its accuracy in transcribing and preserving the original texts–better than any other writings from antiquity–and doing this with unmatched consistency over 1600 years in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek). Only God could have ensured that his Word was recorded and passed on in this consistent manner to reveal who he is and what he did during this period to document his story.

After becoming born again, I read the Bible to meditate on the Word of God to know the source better and gain his wisdom to guide my life.

When did you first start reading the Bible and what was the first book of the Bible you ever read?

Dr. Gray: While being reared as a Roman Catholic, I never read the Bible and seldom prayed to Jesus (most often to the Virgin Mary). During the period of becoming born again (over a year), I started with Genesis (“In the beginning God….”) and read through the entire Bible. I describe the importance of reading the Bible throughout my book–Why Become a Christian? A Spiritual Memoir–and focus on “why” in Chapter two.

Name a Bible character you resonate with and why.

Dr. Gray: My life journey is similar to that of the Prodigal Son, leaving God for the “far country” of humanistic license with a self-centered “give me” attitude. Until I came to my senses and repented and returned with a “make me” attitude. Like the Prodigal Son, I also experienced the Father welcoming me home–with unconditional grace, love, and acceptance “just as I am”–because Jesus’s death and resurrection paid for my many sins.

What are you reading in the Bible at the moment?

Dr. Gray: In our senior men’s group, we’re studying Ecclesiastes. On my website, I’ve written a blogpost that traces Solomon’s descent from Theism to Deism to Naturalism to Nihilism–where he realizes how vain, futile, and meaningless his life has become. In my next post, I trace my own similar descent with this significant difference: I returned to Theism (became born again), whereas Solomon did not.

Where do you read the Bible?

Dr. Gray: Don’t laugh—mostly in the bathroom. This is how I got through a heavy series of books in English Lit as a first year student at the University of Virginia and have continued to use this “down time” in a positive way since then.

How do you read the Bible: print edition? digitally online? digitally on tablet? digitally on phone? audio?

Dr. Gray: Print. NASB Study Bible (1978). Don’t know what I’d do if I lost my first Bible because it has so many of my notes in the margins over nearly 40 years.

What’s one thing from the Bible that’s stuck in your brain at the moment?

Dr. Gray: The consistency of the Bible’s message over the 1600 years it was written, confirms that it’s the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God. The Bible is his story about redeeming mankind because God wants a reconciled relationship with his most valued creation, so that we recognize how much he loves us. Our God is the only god that loves mankind so much that he became one of us and lived with us (Emmanuel) to reveal himself and redeem us through his Son, and continues to guide us through the indwelling Holy Spirit. No omniscient author, but God, could have told this story exactly as He did–because it’s his story about mankind.

Name one part of the Bible you keep coming back to again and again and why.

Dr. Gray: I keep returning to Genesis, where everything started (creation out of nothing or ex nihilo; male and female created in “our image” or imago dei).

I also return to Romans 8:28–”We know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose”–because this Scripture summarizes God’s omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence in the lives of believers. In my book I cite it often to describe how my story is really his story about me and all history.

Describe one of your Bible reading failures and what you learned.

Dr. Gray: I once prescribed a Bible reading schedule I failed to keep, and felt guilty about this–until I remembered my 20 years practicing religious legalism and feeling either self-righteous or guilty, depending on my success or failure obeying the teachings and rules of the Catholic Church. Jesus came to set this captive free from such guilt (or self-righteousness). So, I read the Bible now with a positive attitude, not because I feel I must, but because I want to—when I can each day.

What advice would you give someone struggling to read the Bible each day?

Dr. Gray: Buy a children’s picture Bible and read chapters in it to get a quick “overview” of the story, characters, key passages, etc. This will inspire you to read the “details” in a standard Bible using a translation you like to read. I learned this strategy in high school: first, I read the classic comic book to get an “overview” and then read the 300-400 word book. Because I’m a “visual learner” I remember best what I see–such as the “pictures” in The Picture Bible (David C. Cook, 1978).

What are your thoughts regarding Bible Gateway and/or the Bible Gateway App in relation to reading and engaging the Bible?

Dr. Gray: I could not have written Why Become a Christian?: A Spiritual Memoir without using Bible Gateway to quickly find a specific Scripture by doing a key word search. In our Bible study group, we often compare the words from different Bible translations, by using Bible Gateway.

Anything else you’d like to say?

Dr. Gray: Thank you Bible Gateway for providing a quick, efficient gateway to find key words and themes in the Word of God.

Cultivating the Wonder of God: An Interview with Dr. William Brown

Dr. William BrownScripture is often read only to find answers to life’s perplexing questions, to prove a theological point, or to formulate doctrine. But if read properly, what the Bible does most fundamentally is arouse a sacred sense of life-transforming wonder; encouraging us to linger in wide-eyed awe.

Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. William Brown about his book, Sacred Sense: Discovering the Wonder of God’s Word and World (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015).

What is “going marveling,” and why do you say it’s an act that should be cultivated for reading Scripture well?

Click to buy your copy of Sacred Sense in the Bible Gateway StoreDr. Brown: This felicitous phrase is taken from the great Methodist preacher Fred Craddock, who tells of the ancestral practice of taking walks every Sunday afternoon and finding things to marvel at and to share with others. It’s a lost practice in our hyper-hectic world. In my book Sacred Sense, I argue that “going marveling” is an apt and necessary way of reading the Bible. We read the Bible for many reasons—for answering questions, for guidance, for supporting what we believe, for arguing a point, for finding comfort—that is, for specific ends, many of them utilitarian. And that’s perfectly fine. But if we don’t also take the time to read Scripture simply out of a sense of wonder, then we’re missing the Bible’s most fundamental purpose: namely, to evoke a sense of reverence and awe about God and God’s loving ways in the world. What would it be like simply to read the Bible for its own sake; for God’s sake? That, I believe, is the basis for reading the Bible devotionally; to “go marveling” through the Scriptures, to linger over and love what is read, to experience Scripture for its own sake, for God’s sake, and to share it.

How is God encountered in wonder?

Dr. Brown: The question could be taken to imply that there’s a means by which to encounter God in wonder, as opposed to encountering God in some other way. But that’s entirely up to God, not to technique. Nevertheless, it’s my contention that wonder lies at the core of our encounter with God, however varied that may be. The experience of wonder precedes doctrine; even belief. The Bible has countless stories about encountering God, and the wondrous thing about them all is how diverse they are—from the dramatic to the mundane, from the earth-shattering to the still small voice, from the grandeur of creation to ordinary people, from the cross to the empty tomb. Yet all these encounters share one thing in common: wonder.

What, then, is wonder?

Dr. Brown: Great follow up question! Sacred Sense explores the many facets of wonder as witnessed in biblical tradition, from the fearful to the playful. Wonder is what takes your breath away and gives your breath back to you, to breathe again, transformed. The biblical sages defined wonder as the “fear of the Lord”—the kind of “fear” that’s “the beginning of wisdom.” It’s not terror but rather reverence and awe. Wonder! Such wonder is the beginning of wisdom, a blend of humility, awe, and courage that propels one forward on the path of wisdom. The “fear of the LORD” is another way of defining wonder as “fear seeking understanding” or, more succinctly, “inquisitive awe.” Genuine wonder leads to new understanding.

How has the overuse of the word “awesome” in people’s vocabulary contributed to the loss of wonder in their lives?

Dr. Brown: Probably so. I avoid using the term, only because it has devolved into sarcasm through its overuse. Another case in point is the word “awful,” which now means something entirely negative, even though it is based on “awe-filled.”

Why is wonder an important element of a Christian’s maturing faith?

Dr. Brown: We usually associate “wonder” with childhood. Once we grow up, we become responsible, objective adults who have no room for wonder. Yet Jesus said, “Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3). According to Matthew, Jesus was talking about the necessity of humility, the flipside of wonder. So a “maturing faith” is also child-like faith, and remains so no matter how old and experienced we become. Jerome Miller, a philosopher, likens wonder to the experience of a young child who encounters a secret door for the first time. She either flees from it, stands mesmerized by it, or tentatively reaches out to turn the knob and open the door. As Christians, we know who stands on the other side: the one who says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me” (Rev. 3:20). Now that’s a wonder!

The ancient sages claimed that wisdom is nurtured best by a sense of wonder. Without wonder, wisdom withers. On the other hand, without wisdom wonder tends to wander, aimlessly and naively. Wonder and wisdom fit hand in glove. Without a sense of wonder, faith and practice become routine, lukewarm, trivial.

Why do you call reading the Bible with an eye for wonder a “strange discipline”?

Dr. Brown: Simply because reading the Bible is a far cry from reading the newspaper or an instruction manual. Reading the Bible invites a whole other kind of reading: of reading closely, longingly, lovingly, contemplatively, actively, with an openness for surprise. It’s a way of dwelling in the text rather than reading the text for some particular, expected outcome. A “strange discipline” indeed.

What do you mean when you write, “Scripture is a full-bodied text that requires full-bodied engagement”?

Dr. Brown: Scripture is sense-filled, whether it’s the erotic poetry of the Song of Solomon or the anguished words of the psalmist. It appeals to all the senses, not just to hearing. Sight, smell, taste, and touch also figure significantly in Scripture. “Taste and see that the LORD is good” (Psalm 34:8). The Song of Solomon is filled with a sense of erotic wonder (which I call “Fifty Shades of Green”). Scripture engages the mind and the heart—both body and soul, the material and the spiritual—and it concerns, no less, than the transformation of all creation. And so we should read Scripture holistically, with a concern for all life, for all bodies and souls, here and now and forevermore.

Each chapter of your book explores a different Bible passage as an example of one of many facets of wonder you identify. “Cosmic wonder” seems to be a natural response to the Creation description in Genesis, but what is “mundane wonder”?

Dr. Brown: You might say that the Bible covers the whole spectrum of wonder, from the cosmic grandeur of creation to the “mundane wonder” of a good meal. “There is nothing better for mortals than to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in their toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God” (Eccl. 2:24). Qoheleth, the sage of Ecclesiastes, discerns the “hand of God” in the little things of life; things that bring about simple pleasure, gratitude, and love (Eccl. 9:8-9). According to Sam Keen, there are three basic kinds of wonder: sensational wonder, ontological wonder, and mundane wonder. It’s the last one that we encounter daily; those things that sustain us day by day: the grace of a good night’s sleep, a delectable meal, a loving touch. They’re the gifts of God from the “hand of God.” The Bible celebrates such moments as much as it highlights the awe-filled encounters of God.

Why do you term Proverbs 8:22-31 as “playful wonder”?

Dr. Brown: Read the last two verses, and you’ll find out why. This is one of those remarkable passages that uniquely highlights the playful side of God. I devote a whole chapter on this text, and I’d rather not spill the beans. Let me just say that dwelling in this text has surprised me to no end when I consider the full impact of what it was saying about God, wisdom, and creation.

How will those who take your book to heart be better because of it?

Dr. Brown: Cultivating a sense of wonder is paramount to fostering a deeper, more open, non-defensive form of faith. To “go marveling” in Scripture invariably leads to “going marveling” in life (and vice versa). My hope is that readers will find renewal in their faith as they find more in Scripture to discover in awe and wonder.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

Dr. Brown: Yes, just to say that I’m not at all concerned with whether my readers agree or disagree with my interpretations of various biblical texts. Some readers may find certain interpretations controversial or at least challenging. If, however, I have caused you to wonder more deeply about these texts, then I have accomplished my objective.

Bio: William P. Brown is the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. He has also taught at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s the author of several books and numerous essays on biblical interpretation and theology, including most recently Wisdom’s Wonder (Eerdmans), The Seven Pillars of Creation (Oxford University), and Seeing the Psalms (Westminster John Knox). Bill is also an avid Sunday School teacher, and he volunteers for Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL).

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