By William Schniedewind
In writing How the Bible Became a Book, I began with a different question than scholars usually ask. Namely, why did the Bible become a book at all?
This question began to haunt me more and more as I studied the archeology of ancient Palestine and the early history of Hebrew writing.
Scholars agree that early Israel was an oral society of pastoralism and subsistence farming. Read more... »
Have you ever wondered how we got the book we call the Bible?
The Bible contains 66 books and was written by more than 40 authors over a period of roughly 1,500 years. It’s divided into two major sections or testaments.
We call these the Old and New Testament. Together these sections make up one large story that centers on humanity’s problem (sin) and God’s solution to send His Son to rescue humanity from this problem. Read more... »
The starting point for investigating the origin of the Bible is The Acts of the Apostles (“Acts”), which is a methodical account of the early Christian church written by a medical doctor named Luke, who served as the assistant to and the note taker for the Apostle Paul.
In 64 AD, the Roman Emperor Nero burned Rome and blamed Christians for the fire to launch his persecution of the early church. In 70 AD, the Roman army sacked Jerusalem. Read more... »
An “age” is an historical period of time or an era. Some historians divide human history into many epochs and name them according to their defining characteristics: Middle Ages, Modern Age, Postmodern Age, etc. Biblical history, too, can be divided into different eras. When those divisions emphasize God’s interaction with His creation, we call them dispensations. More broadly, biblical history can be divided into two periods, roughly following the division of Old and New Testaments: the Age of the Law and the Church Age. Read more... »
The book of Acts is the record of the ongoing life of Christ. The Son of God had died. He had been buried. But He had risen from the grave. He had appeared to His disciples—not once, not twice, but repeatedly. He had even taught them truths about His kingdom, although they wouldn’t understand some elements about it until later.
They were somewhat bewildered by the turn of events, but they were absolutely sure about some things. Read more... »
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By Michael Price
In September 506 C.E., the fathers of what would later become the Roman Catholic Church gathered in southern France to draw up dozens of new laws.
Some forbade clergy from visiting unrelated women. Others forbade Christians from marrying anyone more closely related than their third cousin.
The authors of a sweeping new study say Continue reading... »
The so-called Church age began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2); it will last until people who believe in Jesus Christ are raptured out of the world and taken to be with the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:51–57).
Ages, or eras, are defined by historians based on specific events or ways of looking at past and future events, such as the Middle Ages in a survey of Western Civilization. Though the Bible is broadly divided into the Old and New Testaments representing the age of Law and the age of grace, dispensational theologians have further divided history into seven dispensations. Read more... »
Our Daily Bread
It’s been almost 2,000 years since the apostle John was instructed by Jesus to write letters to the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation.
These timeless letters reveal a message of God’s love through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus, identify and provide correction for problems in the church, and offer hope and encouragement for the future.
The Seven Churches of Revelation
By Mary Fairchild
The seven churches of Revelation were real, physical congregations when the Apostle John wrote this bewildering last book of the Bible around 95 AD, but many scholars
believe the passages have a second, hidden meaning.
What Are the Seven Churches of Revelation? The short letters in Revelation chapters two and three are addressed to these specific seven churches: Read more... »
By Bethany Verrett
The Book of Revelation contains the prophecies of the last days, before the New Heaven and the New Earth go on into eternity, with believers living for their God with no sin, no sorrow, and no pain. Much of this prophecy is shrouded in description that can be confusing, and many theologians debate the extent of what is symbolic and what is literal in the visions described by John the Apostle. Read more... »
Dear friends, the Laodicea Church Age is the church age that falls at the end of the Age of Grace (Rev. 3:14-22)! The Church Age began at Pentecost (Acts 2) and will end with the Rapture of the Church. After the Rapture of the Church, the apostate, lifeless and christless church which is left will last 3 1/2 more years until the Mark of the Beast is implemented by Satan under his antichrist after the execution, resuscitation and ascension of the Two Witnesses (Matt. 24:15-19, 2 Thes. 2:3-12, Rev. 11; 13; 14:7-12; 17-18:2) Read more... » Accident or Design ?