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Seminary Now with Craig Keener

Have you ever read the Bible and not understood what you read? Have you ever wondered why? Have you found yourself wishing that you could better understand it? I would venture to guess that most, if not all, Christians would, to one degree or another, answer yes to these questions. In this free preview of Dr. Craig Keener’s teaching about Bible backgrounds you will find some help. In these videos Dr. Keener alerts Bible readers to some of the challenges that they will encounter when they read Scripture. He points out that modern readers may not possess an understanding of biblical figures of speech, or may not be familiar with some of the information that the original readers of Scripture already assumed because it was part of their culture.

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In addition to pointing out some of the challenges of reading the Bible, Keener also sheds some light on understanding biblical texts. One of the things he points out is that some New Testament texts have an Old Testament background. Knowing this can aid the reader in understanding what the Bible is saying. For example, Philippians 2:10-11 contains a citation from Isaiah 45:23. The text in Isaiah 45 applied to God, in Philippians 2 it is applied to Jesus. One of the things that this reveals is that Jesus is divine.

Keener also speaks to the matter of applying biblical texts in our lives. Are all of the practices and directives that we find in Scripture eternal, or are some of them limited by culture or context? This is not always easy to determine. For two examples in this regard, he speaks about women’s head coverings and holy kisses.

Keener is one of the top scholars in the area of Bible backgrounds. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this area that is so vital to a proper understanding of Scripture.

Trailer for New Testament Backgrounds

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Category: Biblical Studies, Spring 2023

About the Author: John P. Lathrop is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. He has written for a number of publications and is the author of four books Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers Then and Now (Xulon Press, 2008), The Power and Practice of the Church: God, Discipleship, and Ministry (J. Timothy King, 2010), Answer the Prayer of Jesus: A Call for Biblical Unity (Wipf & Stock, 2011) and Dreams & Visions: Divine Interventions in Human Experience (J. Timothy King, 2012). He also served as co-editor of the book Creative Ways to Build Christian Community (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Amazon Author page. Facebook

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