From the B&H Academic Blog
Mar 1, 2017
by Rob Plummer
Most mornings, I get up and prepare three large mugs of hot tea (two for me, one for my wife). I set out my favorite mugs.
I boil the water in a kettle. I scoop the aromatic loose-leaf tea into a strainer and then pour the boiling water over the leaves. After 5-minutes of steeping, I add sugar and milk (British style). I start a crackling fire. (Well, I press “play” for a crackling fire video on YouTube.)
I settle down on the living room couch while it’s still dark and quiet to sip my tea and read my Greek New Testament.
The New Testament only gives us two sacred rituals or ordinances—baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Yet, by...
Feb 24, 2017
by Benjamin L. Merkle
One of Jesus’ most well-known—but difficult—statements is found in Matthew 16:24: “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me” (HCSB; εἴ τις θέλει ὀπίσω μου ἐλθεῖν, ἀπαρνησάσθω ἑαυτὸν καὶ ἀράτω τὸν σταυρὸν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀκολουθείτω μοι). Notice that in this verse we find two aorist imperatives (ἀπαρνησάσθω and ἀράτω) and one present imperative (ἀκολουθείτω). Why is there a shift in tense-forms and how should they be interpreted?
To argue that the switch in tense-forms signals a deliberate shift in the type of action required—from a once-and-for-all action to a continuous type of...
- The World and the WordJune 2011Three esteemed Old Testament professors introduce students to the first eighty percent of the Bible-freshly illuminating the text as a rich source of theology and doctrine packed with practical principles for modern times.
- Jesus and the GospelsAugust 2009Gold Medallion Award-winning study of Christ’s life as recorded in the Gospels, newly updated in 2009 from the original 1997 work.
- Evangelism Is . . .June 2010Two veteran missionaries write forty creative and empowering chapters on what it truly means to share Jesus with passion and confidence both locally and worldwide.