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 5:38-42; An Eye for an Eye (Historical Backgrounds)
The legal for basis for lex talionis (“law of retaliation”) that Jesus referred to in Matthew 5:38 was well established in Jewish history and in the Law of Moses. The “eye for an eye” concept first appeared in Genesis 9:6, just after the Great Flood when God told Noah, “Whoever sheds hu

posted 12:00:29pm Sep. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 5:33-37; Oaths (Symbolism)
Matthew 5:35 quotes Jesus as reaffirming the declaration of Isaiah 66:1, saying very plainly that the earth is God’s “footstool.” But what does that mean exactly? In Old Testament usage, the concept of “footstool” or “under the feet” carried a few important meanings. First was the a

posted 12:00:12pm Sep. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 5:33-37; Oaths (Cultural Commentary)
In ancient Israel, an oath was both a ritual act and a binding promise. Oaths were invoked in court cases to (supposedly) ensure that witnesses would tell the truth. They were also given as proof of an unbreakable pledge of loyalty, or as a guarantee that a person would fulfill some obligation be

posted 12:00:11pm Sep. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 5:33-37; Oaths (Bible Difficulties)
“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made…’” In case you’re wondering, Jesus wasn't quoting the Old Testament when he said that. At least not exactly. Bible scholars think that this point in Chri

posted 12:00:59pm Sep. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 5:31-32; Divorce (Symbolism)
Jesus’ literal intolerance for the practice of divorce, as displayed in his Sermon on the Mount, takes on new meaning when viewed through a symbolic lens. Consider: Throughout the New Testament, Christ is presented figuratively as a bridegroom, and all his followers throughout the ages (the

posted 12:00:44pm Sep. 12, 2014 | read full post »


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