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Bible Resource Spotlight: The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Students, Pastors, Youth Pastors Genre: Cultural / Historical Reference FBSN Rating: B   One big obstacle to understanding the Bible, especially for younger Christians, is the enormous cultural differences between our modern society and the lives of the […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: Chronological Study Bible (NIV)

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Adults, Teens, Young Adults Genre: Bibles FBSN Rating: A- If you, or anyone in your family, ever wanted to read the Bible from beginning to end, this is the way to do it. The Chronological Study Bible’s unique […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: 100 Tough Questions about God and the Bible

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Students, Bible Study Groups, Families Genre: Bible Reference FBSN Rating: B+ “God made Eve from Adam’s rib. Are you ribbing me?” “The Bible says ‘sons of God’ had sex with human women, who gave birth to giants. Doesn’t […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: The MacArthur Study Bible

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Students, Parents, Pastors, Bible Study Leaders Genre: Study Bible FBSN Rating: B It’s easy to appreciate the scholarship invested in the verse-by-verse commentaries that make up the bulk of The MacArthur Study Bible. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation […]

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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 »

Matthew 4:18-22; The Calling of the First Disciples (Cultural Commentary)
Jesus’ choice of his first disciples was surprising, to say the least. For starters, in that time, religious students chose their mentors, not vice versa. As the famous Rabbi Gamaliel instructed, “Find a teacher and lose your ignorance,” and that was the common practice of the time for thos

posted 12:00:29pm Jul. 11, 2014 | read full post »


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