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Feb 14, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Zondervan Exegetical Commentary: Publisher's Special

ZEC James cover w/drop shadow Have you discovered the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series: New Testament (ZECNT for short)? It’s so new (the volume on James has the earliest copyright date, 2008) that you may not have noticed it yet. If you spend some time with the series, though, you will immediately see that it is different from many other commentary series. Imagine if some of the top Evangelical scholars were to write exegesis papers—not stuffy ones, but ones you actually wanted to read—over every passage in the New Testament. This is what the ZECNT is like!

Though not complete yet, the ZECNT is an ongoing commentary project that takes every New Testament passage and analyzes it by the following categories:

  • Literary Context—a concise discussion of how the passage functions in the broader literary context of the book.
  • Main Idea—a one- or two-sentence statement of the big idea or central thrust of the passage.
  • Translation and Graphical Layout—perhaps the greatest distinction of the series, the purpose of this diagram is to help the reader visualize, and thus better understand, the flow of thought within the text.
  • Structure—the commentator describes the flow of thought in the passage and explains how certain interpretive decisions regarding the relationship of the clauses were made in the passage.
  • The Exegetical Outline—the overall structure of the passage is described in a detailed exegetical outline.
  • Explanation of the Text—the emphasis on this section of the text is to convey the meaning of the passage.
  • Theology in Application—a reflection of the theological contribution of the passage.

This series is ideal for the person who has had one or two years of Greek, but may or may not be a little bit rusty. The ZECNT is not as technical as the Word Biblical Commentary or the New International Greek Testament Commentary as it is designed for a broader audience. If the reader has not had any training in biblical Greek, the series is still accessible because all Greek text follows English translation.

Volumes available so far:

  • Matthew by Grant R. Osborne (2010)
  • Luke by David E. Garland (2012)
  • Acts by Eckhard J. Schnabel (2012)
  • Galatians by Thomas R. Schreiner (2010)
  • Ephesians by Clinton R. Arnold (2010)
  • Colossians & Philemon by David W. Pao (2012)
  • 1-2 Thessalonians by Gary S. Shogren (2012)
  • James by Craig L. Blomberg and Mariam J. Kamell (2008)
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Publisher's Special through Saturday, February 27, 2016

Through February 28, get ZECNT at a Publisher's Special price of $79.92 (Reg. $329). That equals only $9.99 per volume for this remarkable series and a savings of 75%!!!

 

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The above special is good through Saturday, February 27, 2016 (11:59pm EST) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


 

Feb 12, 2016 Richard Mansfield

The Reviews Are In: Accordance Mobile 2.3 Is a Hit!

AM 2.3 Topic Search The Reviews Are In: Accordance Mobile 2.3 Is a Hit!

This week we released Accordance Mobile 2.3 which brought exciting new features such as Slide Over, Split View, Spotlight Search, and support for the iPad Pro’s much larger screen.

This release is significant because it not only brought new features, it also created entirely new workflow strategies for using Accordance Mobile in professional contexts.

Since Monday, we’ve been blown away by the response of our users! Here is a sampling:


“Just a grateful shout out here for the iOS update. It has made my week. It’s hugely helpful to be able to speak with my notes on one side [and] English and Tagalog scrolling together on the other. Awesome. Totally transformative for my workflow.”

Arnold, Accordance Forums


“It’s worth buying an iPad Pro just to use this version of Accordance! Best iOS update ever!”

cmcintos, Accordance Forums


“Awesome update! [Accordance Mobile] is the most important app on my iPad, and I am constantly amazed at the kinds of searches I can perform on it. This latest update with the split screen makes it even more useful.”

dt0925, iTunes


“Love it! So easy to use, and so useful for mobile Bible study. Thank you for making the Audio Greek NT available to use on the app!”

Kakos 1992, iTunes


“Thank you! The mobile platform keeps maturing. Not only do the new features add great functionality, but the subtle tweaks to the interface make it look more polished. It may just be my excitement with the new features, but it seems snappier as well.”

Tony Lawrence, Accordance Forums


“Split Screen in [Accordance Mobile] is actually like being to able to have three iPad apps open at once.”

Abram Kielsmeier-Jones (@AbramKJ), Twitter


“Just a big thank you for the update that takes advantage of iOS9. It’s worth the wait, and I’m glad you diligently test your latest updates. […] I’m traveling to Sri Lanka next week to teach a course on Church History, so this update will definitely enable me to leave my [MacBook Air] at home and just take my iPad Pro.”

Andrew Mercer, Accordance Forums


“The iPad split screen multitasking feature is great for productivity. Love this new update.”

Robb Sky, iTunes

 


We'd love to hear from you in the comments as to what you think about our newest Accordance Mobile Release and how you're using it in your research, Bible study, and sermon preparation.

For more information, be certain to check out the New Features in Accordance Mobile 2.3 webpage and a list of updates other features in v. 2.x.

If you've not discovered Accordance Mobile yet, click on the icon below to download your free copy. Fill out the registration form after downloading and receive a free Accordance Mobile Starter Collection.

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Feb 12, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

Free Accordance Webinars for February 15-19, 2016

Webinars - large Have you discovered our free interactive Accordance Webinars? Throughout the week you can participate in live Accordance training in hour-long sessions that cover just the content you need.

Here are the free Accordance webinars for the week of February 15 - 19, 2016:

Beginner Basics, Part 1
Monday, February 15, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Join us for this hands-on class with step-by-step instruction. Learn how to use the Accordance Library; navigate biblical texts; use the Contextual Slider; use Bookmarks; add a Parallel Bible, Commentary, or Study Bible; and create a Group or Collection.

Taught by Linda Perry


Beginner Basics, Part 2
Monday, February 15, 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST

Join us for this hands-on class with step-by-step instruction. Learn how to set up your Accordance Toolbar; manage triple-click settings; work with Zones, Tabs, and Parallel Panes, and use the Instant Details panel.

Taught by Linda Perry


Customizing Your Preferences
Tuesday, February 16, 4:00 - 5:00 PM EST

Thoroughly examine every aspect of Accordance Preferences to customize your Accordance experience for your particular studies and research.

Taught by Mark Allison


Accordance Mobile, Part 2
Thursday, February 18, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

The second part of the Accordance Mobile seminar demonstrates basic Search and Amplifying in English, Hebrew and Greek. Record your insights with User Notes. Discover how to sync your iOS device with your laptop or desktop computer.

Taught by Rick Mansfield


Verse Research
Thursday, February 18, 4:00 - 5:00 PM EST

 

This webinar focuses on studying a Bible verse. Learn how to quickly collect lots of information about a verse, use multiple types of resources in your Accordance Library, and use a variety of tools to amass the information. 

Taught by Richard Perry


Taking part in our free Accordance Webinars is easy. Check out our Webinar page for more information or to sign up. See you online!


 

Feb 10, 2016 Richard Mansfield

What's New in Accordance Mobile 2.3?

Accordance Mobile 2.3 is finally here! This release incorporates a number of iOS 9 capabilities as well as other new features making Accordance even better to use when on the go.

Here are some highlights of the Accordance 2.3 update:

  • Full iPad Pro Resolution
  • iOS 9 Slide Over
  • iOS 9 Split View
  • Pane Orientation
  • Saved Secondary Pane Location
  • iOS 9 Spotlight Search
  • Internal Web Browser Support
  • Enhanced User Notes
  • Continued Multimedia Support
  • Bug Fixes

For more information, be certain to check out the New Features in Accordance Mobile 2.3 webpage and a list of updates other features in v. 2.x.

If you've not discovered Accordance Mobile yet, click on the icon below to download your free copy. Fill out the registration form after downloading and receive a free Accordance Mobile Starter Collection.

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Feb 9, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

New Release and Deals So Sweet

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Best Pricing Ever = Superb Savings on Top Titles!

It's been said that love is blind, that love is an irresistible force! This week, we have some irresistible Accordance deals guaranteed to be more satisfying (and last longer) than any heart-shaped box of chocolates. You're going to love what we have for you! For a start, we have an irresistible offer on the incomparable New International Commentary on the Old Testament and New Testament. Next, we're please to announce The Complete Word Study Dictionary on the Old and New Testament, now available for the Accordance Library. And don't miss a 50% deal on the classic NAS Group, plus one more Valentine's Deal we know you'll love.

Sale prices listed below are good through February 15, 2016 (11:59 pm EST) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


NICOT_NICNT Save $845 on the New International
Commentary OT & NT Bundle

A remarkable price for this amazing commentary series! With savings well over 55%, this is the best price we have ever offered. Now is a great time to invest in one of the best commentaries ever assembled for academic, pastoral, and personal use.  Additionally, this series has just been updated with new volumes plus the latest revision, making this THE most complete and current offering available today. Take advantage of this unbelievable sale price, as this special will not be offered again anytime soon!

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Scholars, pastors, and serious Bible students welcome the fresh light this commentary series casts on ancient, yet familiar, biblical texts. Verse-by-verse comments nicely balance in-depth discussions of technical matters -- textual criticism, critical problems, and more -- with exposition of the biblical writer's theology and its implications for the life of faith today. The series seeks "to provide earnest students ... with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God."

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New Releases and Individual Volumes Only $19.95!

The OT set now adds the new Judges and Psalms volumes. The NT set now includes only the current volumes with the newly revised 1 Corinthians. The replaced volumes (John, 1 Cor, Hebrews, James) are no longer included but can be purchased separately and will be installed free for owners of the previous NICNT sets.

All current and new single volumes are on sale for only $19.95 with coupon code Jan16NIC.

Double volumes are on sale at $39.90 (Genesis, Proverbs, Isaiah, and Ezekiel) (sale prices listed on each individual product page).

Upgrades are available from earlier sets, and Crossgrades are available from other platforms.

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The Complete Word Study Dictionary OT & NT Combo!

Very popular among pastors, students, and laymen, The Complete Word Study Dictionary for Old and New Testaments from AMG Publishers is now available for the Accordance Library. Designed to make the original languages of the Bible accessible to all, this work provides insights to a deeper understanding of Hebrew and Greek.

These dictionaries offer definitions and explanations for most words contained within the scriptures. A number from Strong's Dictionary identifies each entry so that readers can make great use of the information given about each word, even if they have no working knowledge of Hebrew or Greek.

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The individual OT and NT volumes are also available.

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(*This title qualifies for cross-grade to those that own it under another software program with proof of ownership, click here to learn more.)


NAS Group 50% Off the NAS Group from Lockman Foundation!

Ideal for your mobile iOS devices as well, this Lockman Foundation NAS Group contains 6 well-known and respected resources for better Bible study. (This group is included in the Bible Study, Essential, and higher Collections of Accordance 11.)

The NAS Group comprises the original 1977 New American Standard Bible, the 1995 edition with Strong's numbers, the NAS Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries, cross-references, a Topical Index, and two Spanish translations

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Feb 8, 2016 Helen Brown

Updated NICOT and NICNT

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Great news! Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. continues to expand their highly-rated New International Commentary series on the Old and New Testaments. As their website says:

This premier commentary series enjoys a worldwide readership of scholars, pastors, priests, rabbis, and serious Bible students. They eagerly consult its high-quality volumes to inform their preaching, teaching, and academic research, and they warmly welcome each newly published volume as they would an encounter with a stimulating new friend. Through the rigorous yet reverent study contained in these commentary volumes, readers hear afresh the voice of the living God speaking his powerful word.

Please see Darin Allen's earlier blog post on the NICNT and NICOT series in Accordance for a personal view of the value of this series.


Update February 2016

We are happy to add three new volumes to these series, as well as to offer a publisher's special sale to introduce them.NICOT-Psalms_120

The new NICOT set now comprises 25 volumes and adds:

The Book of Psalms
By Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford, Rolf A. Jacobson, Beth LaNeel Tanner

and

The Book of Judges
By Barry G. Webb

NICNT-1 Corin_120 The new NICNT set comprises only 18 volumes since it now includes the latest edition for each book of the New Testament (except 2 Peter and Jude which has not been published yet). The latest set adds:

The First Epistle to the Corinthians, Revised Edition
By Gordon D. Fee

The four older volumes (now out of print) are still available for individual purchase, as are all the other volumes. The older volumes that were included in our original NICNT and NICNT-18 sets (John, 1Cor, Hebrews, James) will be provided free of charge to owners of those sets so that they can continue to use them in parallel with the new editions.

The previous NICNT2 and NICNT2-3 modules are no longer needed, as the newer editions they contained are now included in the new NICNT18 module.

See the article on NICOT/NICNT for a more detailed listing of current volumes and previous sets.


Upgrades/Crossgrades

If you own any of the earlier sets you can upgrade to the current sets and pay only for the new volumes.

If you have previously purchased these commentaries on a different software platform, please see this page for details of the crossgrade options.


Transferring Highlights

If you have highlighted your present copy of NICNT or NICOT, you can transfer your highlights from the main old module to the new. However, NICNT highlights can only be transferred for the unchanged volumes. Here is a procedure for ensuring that all your highlights are preserved.

  1. Search for any highlights in the older volumes of NICNT-18 or NICNT, and manually reproduce them in the individual modules (optional).
  2. Transfer the highlights from NICNT-18 (or NICNT) to the new NICNT18. You can find instructions in the Help files at: Digging Deeper > Color Highlighting > Transfer Highlights to Updated Modules
  3. Search for any highlights in the NICNT2-3 (or NICNT-2), and manually reproduce them in the relevant volumes of NICNT18 (optional).
  4. Remove the old sets from the Library (NICNT-18, NICNT, NICNT2-3, NICNT-2)

Publisher's Sale -- Don't Miss it!

To celebrate the addition of these new volumes we have super special prices for one week only. These prices cannot be combined with other discounts and will end  Monday, February 15, 2016 (11:59 pm EST).

New International Commentary on OT & NT
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Proverbs
Isaiah
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Feb 8, 2016 Richard Mansfield

NEW! AMG's Complete Word Study Dictionaries

Complete Word Study Dictionaries Although traditionally very popular among pastors, students, and laymen, The Complete Word Study Dictionary for Old and New Testaments from AMG Publishers was actually designed to be used by all readers of the Bible, including those who have studied the original languages. As stated by Spiros Zodhiates in the preface to the New Testament volume, “The greatest benefit of this dictionary will undoubtedly be realized by the person who has taken the time and exercised the discipline and diligence to study the Greek grammar and language of the New Testament.”

Available together in two separate modules, The Complete Word Study Dictionary for Old and New Testaments is now available for the Accordance Library. Designed to make the original languages of the Bible accessible to all, this work provides insights to a deeper understanding of Hebrew and Greek.

These dictionaries offer definitions and explanations for most words contained within the scriptures. A number from Strong's Dictionary identifies each entry so that readers can make great use of the information given about each word, whether or not they have no working knowledge of Hebrew or Greek.

The New Testament volume has three main sections.  The first is a Translational Reference Index that lists most English words in the King James Version of the Bible, followed by hyperlinked entries for Strong’s numbers and significant Scripture references where the word occurs. The second section is a dictionary that functions as any standard Greek Lexicon. Entries are arranged alphabetically, and each listing contains the word in both Greek text as well as an English transliteration of the word. The entry includes a description of how the word is used in various contexts in the New Testament as well as the Septuagint. The third major section is actually a separate volume in the print editions. It is the The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament Scripture Reference Index. This section contains an index of every Scripture reference mentioned in the New Testament Dictionary, arranged by verse reference and hyperlinked by Strong’s Number to the main New Testament dictionary.

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The Old Testament volume has two primary sections. The Dictionary section functions as a basic Hebrew lexicon with a description accompanying every entry for how a Hebrew word is used in the context of a passage. The second section is a Concordance, also listed by Hebrew word entry with significant hyperlinked verse references following. The Old Testament volume also makes regular comparison of how Hebrew words are translated in the KJV, NIV, and NASB.

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Of course either dictionary can be used with the standard Accordance Amplify feature, but serious fans of AMG’s reference works may want to consider using each dictionary for their respective Hebrew and Greek Triple-Click Settings in Preferences: Amplify.

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For a limited time, Accordance users can get the Complete Word Study Dictionary for both Old and New Testaments at an introductory savings of over 35% off the regular price.

Buy Now 2 The Complete Word Study Dictionary (OT and NT)
Regular Price $79.90; Sale Price $49.90

 

The individual OT and NT volumes are also available.

Buy Now 2 The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament
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Buy Now 2 The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament
Regular Price $49.90



(*This title qualifies for cross-grade to those that own it under another software program with proof of ownership, click here to learn more.)

The sale price of the OT/NT Bundle is good through February 15, 2016 (11:59pm EST) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


 

Feb 6, 2016 Timothy Jenney

Understanding Syntax - (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #135)

Over the past few years we’ve worked hard to make our original language syntax searches faster, more accurate, and more intuitive. In this podcast, Dr. J demonstrates the value of the add-on Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament syntactical databases. He also offers guidance in how to use Syntax Trees, perform syntactical Word Searches, and hone our syntactical Construct Searches. A working knowledge of Greek or Hebrew will help viewers get the most out of this episode.

See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!


 

Feb 1, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

NEW! Four R. C. Sproul Titles from Tyndale House

Adding to our many other popular offerings from acclaimed Reformed author, R. C. Sproul, we are pleased to announce four new titles for the Accordance Library from Tyndale House Publishers. Accordance allows for in-depth study or casual reading on whatever device you have in front of you: Windows PC, Macintosh, iPad, or iPhone.


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With nearly 200,000 copies sold in its 25 years, Chosen by God by Dr. R. C. Sproul is a contemporary classic on predestination, a doctrine that isn't just for Calvinists, says Sproul. It is a doctrine for all biblical Christians. In this updated and expanded edition of Chosen by God, Sproul shows that the doctrine of predestination doesn't create a whimsical or spiteful picture of God, but paints a portrait of a loving God who provides redemption for radically corrupt humans. We choose God because he has opened our eyes to see his beauty; we love him because he first loved us. There is mystery in God's ways, but not contradiction.

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For those who yearn for a deeper walk in faith, their journey can begin here. Dr. Sproul takes theology down off of the dusty shelves of theological libraries and expounds in clear and simple terms over one hundred major Christian doctrines. He offers readers a basic understanding of the Christian faith that will kindle a lifelong love for truth, which is foundational to maturity in Christ. Here are theologically sound explanations of the biblical concepts every Christian should know, written in a way that we can all understand. Sproul’s homespun analogies and illustrations from everyday life make this book interesting, informative, and easy to read.

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Now That's a Good Question! answers more than 300 challenging questions about life and faith.

Sproul address doctrinal points and contemporary issues such as euthanasia, evolution, and abortion. His answers cover over three hundred topics in a personable, easy-to-read style that's perfect for the lay person. New believers as well as those older in the faith will find this book a great resource for those challenging questions of life and faith.

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THE HOLINESS OF GOD

Central to God’s character is the quality of holiness. Yet, even so, most people are hard-pressed to define what God’s holiness precisely is. Many preachers today avoid the topic altogether because people today don’t quite know what to do with words like “awe” or “fear.” R. C. Sproul, in this classic work, puts the holiness of God in its proper and central place in the Christian life. He paints an awe-inspiring vision of God that encourages Christian to become holy just as God is holy. Once you encounter the holiness of God, your life will never be the same.

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Feb 1, 2016 Richard Mansfield

NEW! IVP Old Testament & New Testament Essentials

What’s the Bible about? That’s a good question, but I have a hunch that many people—perhaps even many participating in regular worship communities each week—might have trouble answering it. Many know individual Bible stories or often-quoted passages, but how does it all tie together? Fortunately, two new resources for the Accordance Library have arrived to help Bible readers not only gain an overview of the entire biblical story, but also piece it all together into a unified whole.

IVP OT NT Essentials Covers w/drop shadow This week, we are pleased to announce the release of Old Testament Essentials: Creation, Conquest, Exile and Return by Tremper Longman and New Testament Essentials: Father, Son, Spirit and Kingdom by Robbie Fox Castleman. Together, these two volumes deliver a total of 29 in-depth and interactive Bible surveys that can be studied individually or in small groups.

In the introduction to Old Testament Essentials, Tremper Longman immediately addresses a problem that he’s observed numerous times: the Old Testament is often very foreign—and as a result, neglected—by many Bible readers who are more comfortable sticking with the New Testament. This realization led him to create three goals for Old Testament Essentials: “(1) to acquaint you with the message of the Old Testament, (2) to show you how the Old Testament points to Jesus, and (3) to show you how the Old Testament is relevant to your life” (p. 9).

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Castleman’s New Testament Essentials, like Longman’s Old Testament companion volume, is more than mere survey of the New Testament. It is also a thematic study that demonstrates how the component parts of the New Testament, written by multiple authors, fit together. Throughout each of the 12 studies, the reader will find interaction with the New Testament’s Christocentric emphasis as well as continued examples of how God has revealed himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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Both volumes break down their respective chapters into four parts, which can be compared in the table below:

OLD TESTAMENT ESSENTIALS

NEW TESTAMENT ESSENTIALS

Bible Study—The heart of the study is reading the Scripture itself. This begins with a reading assignment (and a memory verse that captures a central theme). The reading assignment is typically a selection of passages from the topic under study. Also suggested are longer reading assignments that cover the whole topic in the Bible. After reading the assigned passage, questions follow that will help you to think about some of the crucial issues of the passage.

Bible Study—Each chapter focuses on particular texts within the New Testament to be read, as well as a verse or two suggested for memorization. This is followed by initial questions to reflect on and discuss with others from your own reading and observation of the text.

Reading—Each study includes an essay that covers the high points of the biblical texts under discussion. This essay is followed by more questions that hope to prod even further thinking about the biblical text.

 

Reading—In the reading section, the author offers background information and insights of her own and other scholars concerning the passage or passages and their connection to the canon of Scripture as a whole. The reading is followed by more questions to help you think further about the biblical text.

Anticipating the New Testament—This section in particular explores how Jesus is anticipated in the Old Testament. As St. Augustine said, “The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed; the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed.”

Connecting to the Old Testament—The reading is followed by a particular connection the New Testament text has to the Hebrew Scripture of the Old Testament.

The Ancient Story and Our Story—In the final major section we will look at the important implications this ancient text has for our lives today.

The Ancient Story and Our Story—The study of the passage ends by considering how the New Testament passage might connect with our own lives today.

These two titles may be purchased individually or together in the IVP Old Testament and New Testament Essentials Bundle. Page numbers are included in the text in case some of your participants are using print copies. However, we think Accordance is the perfect platform for this kind of study because any biblical text can be read and highlighted, and you can answer study questions right in the Accordance User Notes.

Through February 8, get both titles together for only $21.90!

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  • NT Essentials (Castleman)

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