Old Testament scholar Dr. Erika Moore talks about the books that have influenced her the most (:10), and a mini-documentary explores the cultural context of Acts 19 and the goddess, Artemis (1:50).
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A lifelong pursuit of knowing God should embody the Christian’s existence. According to eminent theologian J. I. Packer, however, Christians have become enchanted by modern skepticism and have joined the “gigantic conspiracy of misdirection” by failing to put first things first. Knowing God aims to redirect our attention to the simple, deep truth that to know God is to love his Word.
What began as a number of consecutive articles angled for “honest, no-nonsense readers who were fed up with facile Christian verbiage” in 1973, Knowing God has become a contemporary classic by creating “small studies out of great subjects.” Each chapter is so specific in focus (covering topics such as the trinity, election, God’s wrath, and God’s sovereignty), that each succeeding chapter’s theology seems to rival the next until one’s mind is so expanded that their entire view of God has changed.
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “Our Father Below.” At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written.
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An Old Testament Theology by Bruce Waltke
This book is the result of decades of reflection informed by an extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language, the best of critical scholarship, a deep understanding of both the content and spirit of the Old Testament, and a thoroughly evangelical conviction. Taking a narrative, chronological approach to the text, Waltke employs rhetorical criticism to illuminate the theologies of the biblical narrators. Through careful study, he shows that the unifying theme of the Old Testament is the “breaking in of the kingdom of God.” This theme helps the reader better understand not only the Old Testament but also the New Testament, the continuity of the entire Bible, and ultimately, God himself.
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