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 8:28-34; The Healing of Two Demon-Possessed Men (Cultural Commentary)
What was the deal with the drowning pigs? When Jesus healed two demon-possessed men in the region of the Gadarenes, the demons begged to be exorcised into a nearby herd of swine (Matthew 8:29-33). Jesus granted that request, so the demons inhabited those pigs. The whole herd subsequently stampede

posted 12:00:04pm Jan. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Matthew 8:28-34; The Healing of Two Demon-Possessed Men (Historical Background)
The first thing that Matthew tells about the two demoniacs in 8:28 is that they were “coming from the tombs.” Mark, in his similar account of the event, reveals that at least one of these men actually “lived in the tombs.” This is an important detail with both cultural and historical signifi

posted 12:00:03pm Jan. 21, 2015 | read full post »

Matthew 8:28-34; The Healing of Two Demon-Possessed Men (Cross-Reference Comparisons)
The exorcism account that Matthew tells in 8:28-34 is generally believed to be the same event also documented in Luke 8:26-39 and Mark 5:1-20. Matthew and Luke abbreviate the details, and thus are sometimes assumed to have drawn from Mark as the source, though that assumption is primarily conjecture

posted 12:00:02pm Jan. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Matthew 8:23-27; Jesus Calms the Storm (Historical Backgrounds)
In the second century B.C. Antiochus IV Epiphanes, a Syrian Greek tyrant, ruled over the Jewish nation with an iron fist, claiming god-like power over all of nature. In the end, though, he was stricken ill and weak, prompting this pitiful epitaph in 2 Macabees 9:8, “Thus he who had just been think

posted 12:00:00pm Jan. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Matthew 8:23-27; Jesus Calms the Storm (Word Study)
It’s easy to read about a “furious storm” in Matthew 8:23 and cluck at the disciples’ lack of faith over a little rain. That’s because we often overlook the true danger depicted in those two words, “furious storm.” Our modern translations render Matthew’s description of this weath

posted 12:00:59pm Jan. 14, 2015 | read full post »


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