Articles about Bible Study

The Bible is the foundation of Christian thought. Many have strayed from orthodoxy over the centuries, and many have never heard the gospel. The solution for both is the same: studying the Bible to see that it’s true. Of special concern should be the life and teachings of Jesus and His first followers.

Death of Moses in Deut. 34 and Authorship

Moses is believed to have written the Pentateuch... that is, the first five books of the Old Testament. Would that include the account of his death and burial found in Deuteronomy 34? Some suggest that Moses prophesied his own death.

Bible Reading Plans

Christians need to read the Bible. More than that, we need to study the Bible. It should be our primary source for information about God, and about how we should live. Below is a list of articles to help you read, and study, the Bible.

An Informal Guide to Study Bibles

Christians should not only read the Bible, but we should study it as well. Douglas Groothuis outlines some principles to consider when buying a study Bible, as well as some things to watch out for.

Jeremiah Buys Land in Prison, Symbolizing a Future Redemption

Jerusalem is under siege by the Babylonians and Jeremiah is imprisoned by King Zedekiah yet, according to God's instructions, he buys land from a relative. This suggested a hopeful future for Israel (and may have symbolized the redemption offered by Jesus).

How to Imitate Biblical Heroes

The Bible speaks of imitation: imitating Christ, imitating Paul as he imitates Christ, and - by implication - imitating the life and faith of those who have gone before us. Read about imitation, and the dangers to be avoided.

The Lawless One in Thessalonians

Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica about a man he called 'the lawless one.' Who was he? What do we know about him, and what does this teach us about spiritual counterfeits?

The Scapegoat Ritual and Its Ancient Near Eastern Parallels

In Leviticus 16 we read of the scapegoat ritual, where the sins of the people are transferred onto an animal and it is sent away. The biblical ritual has parallels in ancient Eblaite, Hittite, Ugaritic, and Neo-Assyrian rituals and include bulls, mice, frogs, and more.

What is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?

Too often, the Holy Spirit is all but ignored by modern Christians. The Father and the Son seem to get all of our attention, but the Spirit isn't a spiritual afterthought. What is His role in the life of a follower of Jesus?

Ox, Man, Lion, Eagle, the Compass, the Tribes and the Gospels

What do angels, a compass, the four gospels, the 12 tribes, three animals and a man have to do with each other? Is there some hidden spiritual connection between them? Is there a biblical pattern to these things?

How Was the Hebrew of the Bible Originally Pronounced?

This article won't keep you from stumbling over the names of Old Testament people and places in your Sunday School class. It will, however, help you understand the variety in the linguistic history of written Hebrew.

The 10 Commandments in the New Testament

A lot of people, including many Christians, are confused about whether Christians should live by the 10 Commandments. There should be no confusion. Nine of the 10 Commandments are listed in the New Testament.

Brian Shelton, “The Biblical Case for Prevenient Grace”

The Bible teaches that we are born in sin, and will not seek God on our own... yet all are called to repent. How is this possible? The answer is known as 'prevenient grace,' which bridges the gap between what we are able to do and what God calls us to to.

The Sons Are Exempt from the Law

We who follow Jesus take part in the new covenant, but some are confused about whether Christians are included in the old. Here we see in Matthew 17 that Jesus' followers are exempt from the Law because we are children of the King.

The Contemporary Conflation of Slavery in the Bible

Slavery has been a plague throughout all of human history, including today. Skeptics of Christianity point to the existence of slavery in ancient Israel as evidence that God is not the loving, self-sacrificing person portrayed in the rest of the Bible.

Why don’t Christians observe the original Sabbath?

The word “sabbath” means “rest”. This isn’t the kind of rest we need after a good workout. The word literally means ‘the ending of activity’. God didn’t rest on the seventh day because He was tired. God had finished creating the world, and so He stopped. He didn’t pick up where He left off when the weekend was over…He was done.

Did the Early Church Invent the Divinity of Jesus over a Long Period of Time?

Skeptics of Christianity sometimes claim that Jesus never claimed to be God, and that belief in His divinity was a legend that developed over time. When did this belief develop? How early can it be established?

The Top 40 Messianic Prophecies

The Jewish Scriptures - the Old Testament - speak often of the coming Messiah. The New Testament clearly claims that Jesus is that Messiah, and points to many Old Testament prophecies as being fulfilled by Jesus. Here are 40 of the 300+ prophecies associated with Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.

Do We Really Believe in the Holy Spirit?

In John 14, Jesus said that we who follow Him will do what He did, and - somewhat surprisingly - even greater things. This isn't due to our amazing knowledge and talents, but due to the Holy Spirit working through us. Do we really believe this is true?

Name Changes in the Bible

A lot of people in the Bible had their names changed. Simon Peter, Saul, Barnabas and Dorcas are just a few of the people we know by more than one name. This growing list details the names, who changed those names, and the Bible verses where we learn about them.

The Basics of New Testament Textual Criticism

Textual criticism deals with the ancient manuscripts of the Bible. It's an important area of study, and Daniel Wallace is a world-renowned expert in the field. This 2-hour video explains the concept, covering topics like textual variants and how the manuscript evidence behind our modern Bibles is excellent.