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 4:23-25; Jesus Heals the Sick (Theological Commentary)
If we don’t count resurrections (there were three of those), Scripture records 23 specific, miraculous healings performed by Jesus. Among those healings were supposedly incurable diseases, such as blindness, leprosy, deafness, muteness, crippling lameness, withered or appendages, paralysis and mor

posted 12:00:53pm Jul. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 4:23-25; Jesus Heals the Sick (Geographical Background)
The Decapolis referenced in Matthew 4:25 was not a single city or country. Much as we collectively refer to the northeastern states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut as “New England,” people in Jesus’ day used Decapolis as a collective reference

posted 12:00:01pm Jul. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 4:23-25; Jesus Heals the Sick (Cultural Commentary)
Jesus began his public ministry in Galilee by “teaching in their synagogues” and healing people there (Matthew 4:23). According to the tradition at the time, a synagogue could form wherever there were 10 adult men, so chances are good that many of these dotted the cities and towns of Galilee.

posted 12:00:33pm Jul. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 4:18-22; The Calling of the First Disciples (Personality and Character Study)
Much has been written about Peter, Andrew, James, and John, but what of Zebedee, the man they left behind to follow Jesus? Here’s what we know: Zebedee was a successful businessman, running a fishing operation on that sea of Galilee that employed his sons, their partners (Peter and Andrew) as w

posted 12:00:32pm Jul. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 4:18-22; The Calling of the First Disciples (Historical Background)
Jesus told Simon Peter and Andrew that he would make them “fishers of men.” The image there was grounded in the fisherman’s trade on the Sea of Galilee. Unlike our modern picture of a single man casting line off a flexible pole to catch a single fish, Jesus’ reference was to “net fishin

posted 12:00:25pm Jul. 14, 2014 | read full post »


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