For Bible Study Nerds

For Bible Study Nerds

About: For Bible Study Nerds™

“Look closer. Dig deeper. Understand better.”

Mike NappaFor Bible Study Nerds™ with Mike Nappa is a weekly column that takes a closer look at moments from Jesus’ life and teachings that are recorded in the New Testament, offering relevant, short-take insights to help us better understand the truth on display there.

In here you can—and will—rediscover Jesus in surprising, fresh, new ways.

Drawing from a broad spectrum of trusted biblical scholarship, and incorporating over a dozen different commentary styles into the content segments, this blog is designed to help us all to look closer, dig deeper, and understand better what it means to know and follow Jesus. A blog post could include:

• Archaeological insights

• Bible difficulties

• Cross-reference comparisons

• Cultural commentary

• Factual info (weights, measures, facts and figures…)

• Geographical backgrounds

• Historical backgrounds

• Inductive studies

• Literary influences

• Personality and character studies

• Symbolic meanings

• Theological commentary

• Word studies

• and more.

Every “short-take” segment in this column is designed to shed new light on Scripture in a way that’s relevant, interesting, and easy to read. Sources for each segment are also included, with a complete, regularly updated bibliography of works cited available online.

How Will You Use For Bible Study Nerds?

• As personal devotions.

• As a study resource for small group Bible discussions.

• As a catalyst for conversation during family devotions.

• As a couples’ Bible study reference.

• As a resource for Sunday school classes, youth groups, and teacher training in churches.

• As a reference for preaching, teaching, and mentoring.

• As a listener’s supplement to a pastor’s sermon, or to a Bible teacher’s lecture.

• As textbook add-ons for a Bible class.

• As a discipling resource for one-on-one Bible study.

• As research and reference information for writing and speaking.

• As an interesting, spiritually fulfilling way to pass “waiting time” during the day.

Basically, if you’re a lifelong learner who loves Jesus, then be happy! For Bible Study Nerds is just for you.

(Dorky plastic eyewear is optional.)

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Previous Posts

Matthew 6:16-18; Fasting (Cultural Commentary)
Generally speaking, fasting was never intended to be used as a badge of honor or as a mark of super-spirituality. It is almost always associated with sorrow for sin and an expression of humility before God alone. In spite of this, Pharisees in Jesus’ time had turned fasting into something of a per

posted 12:00:00pm Oct. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 6:16-18; Fasting (Factual Info)
Jesus’ instruction about fasting assumes that it is a normal part of a life devoted to God…but why fast? Why did (and do) people go without food and/or water as a religious observance? Here are a few reasons from Scripture: • Once a year, as a commemorative action on the Day of Atonement

posted 12:00:58pm Oct. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 6:5-15; Prayer (Word Study)
Forgiveness is a crucial element of The Lord’s Prayer, and it always carries both vertical and horizontal applications. “Forgive us our debts” Jesus said in Matthew 6:12—a vertical, us-to-God appeal. Then he said, “…As we have also forgiven our debtors”—a horizontal, us-to-others com

posted 12:00:57pm Oct. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 6:5-15; Prayer (Rhetorical Influences)
Matthew 6:9-13 is one of the most famous biblical texts of all time. Known as “The Lord’s Prayer,” it records Jesus’ specific instructions for how to pray. It’s important to notice that, immediately before giving this text, Christ warned his followers to avoid “babbling like pagans”

posted 12:00:56pm Oct. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 6:5-15; Prayer (Cultural Commentary)
If Jesus’ description of flamboyant, hypocritical praying sounds like grand theatre, that’s because it probably was. “And when you pray,” Jesus said in Matthew 6:5, “do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by m

posted 12:00:55pm Oct. 13, 2014 | read full post »


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