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A guide to understanding the teachings of the first century Christian Church. Includes chapters on the Oneness of God, the plan of salvation, holiness and more.

Focusing on artists and architectural complexes which until now have eluded scholarly attention in English-language publications, Apostolic Iconography and Florentine Confraternities in the Age of Reform examines through their art programs three different confraternal organizations in Florence at a crucial moment in their histories. Each of the organizations that forms the basis for this study oversaw renovations that included decorative programs centered on the apostles. At the complex of Ges? Pellegrino a fresco cycle represents the apostles in their roles as Christ?s disciples and proselytizers. At the oratory of the company of Santissima Annunziata a series of frescoes shows their martyrdoms, the terrible price the apostles paid for their mission and their faith. At the oratory of San Giovanni Battista detta dello Scalzo a sculptural program of the apostles stood as an example to each confratello of how Christian piety had its roots in collective effort. Douglas Dow shows that the emphasis on the apostles within these corporate groups demonstrates how the organizations adapted existing iconography to their own purposes. He argues that their willful engagement with apostolic themes reveals the complex interaction between these organizations and the church?s program of reform.

Going beyond the New Testament, this study devoted to Christian women gives special attention to the Apostolic Father, and the often neglected period from 80 to 160 CE. From patron to prophet, divorcing wife to household slave, and celibate teacher to associate of martyrs, this analysis considers early Christianity's perspective of women with sources outside of but important to the New Testament, namely from Corinth, Rome, and Asia Minor. This study shows that Christianity, interacting with Judaism and the pagan world, was no single or simple thing and that the women who practiced it were brave, vulnerable, misrepresented, and not to be ignored.

Fools. Rebels. Ignorant peasants. That's how the Roman world saw the first Christians. Led by fishermen, tax collectors and renegade Pharisees, the first Christians shunned power and welcomed the poor and uneducated. Roman commentators mocked their upside-down values, but the apostle Paul - himself a Roman citizen, and a Pharisee to boot, affirmed that 'God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise.' Its followers were persecuted and its leaders killed, yet this ragged collection of lowly tradesmen, women, slaves - and a smattering of turncoat high-born Jews - created a movement that changed the world. How did this happen? How did the kingdom of fools conquer the mighty empire that was Rome? In this fascinating new biography of the early church, Nick Page sets the biblical accounts alongside the latest historical and archaeological research, exploring how the early Christians lived and worshipped - and just why the Romans found this new branch of the Jewish faith so difficult to comprehend. THE KINGDOM OF FOOLS is a fresh, challenging, accessible portrait of a movement so radical, so dangerous, so thrillingly different that it outlasted the empire that tried to destroy it and went on to become the driving force of our cultural development - and claims more followers today than ever before in history.

Making sense of Paul’s arguments in 1 Corinthians 11–14 regarding both the role of women in public worship and the value of tongues and prophecy for the unbeliever has long posed challenges for any lay reader or scholar. Despite numerous explanations offered over the years, these passages remain marked by inconsistencies, contradictions, and puzzles. Lucy Peppiatt offers a reading of 1 Corinthians 11–14 in which she proposes that Paul is in conversation with the Corinthian male leadership regarding their domineering, superior, and selfish practices, including coercing the women to wear head coverings, lording it over the “have-nots” at the Lord’s Supper, speaking in tongues all at once, and ordering married women to keep quiet in church. Through careful exegesis and theological comment this reading not only brings internal coherence to the text, but paints a picture of the apostle gripped by a vision for a new humanity “in the Lord,” resulting in his refusal to compromise with the traditional views of his own society. Instead, as those who should identify with the crucified Christ, he exhorts the Corinthians to make “love” their aim, and thus to restore dignity and honor to women, the outsider, and the poor.

-- Benjamin Ortiz, In These Times

"John MacArthur is, considered one of the top Biblical scholars living today. He has spent his entire ministry poring through Scripture, digging into every difficult passage with the exegesis skills of a world-class scholar. His intellect and formal training are balanced with the compassion, courage, and practical voice of a teaching pastor. The award-winning MacArthur Study Bible is considered among the elite of study Bibles. It is packed cover-to-cover with tools that offer a profound yet down-to-earth approach to understanding the Scriptures. Dr. MacArthur has written dozens of bestselling books, including The Gospel According to Jesus, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Series, Slave, and A Tale of Two Sons. This edition includes many features to help you navigate and understand the Scriptures: New International Version Bible text • More than 20,000 study notes, over 50 maps, charts, book introductions, outlines, timelines • articles from Dr. John MacArthur • Index to Key Bible Doctrines • NIV Concordance • Messianic Prophesies in the Old Testament • Topical Index • An Outline of Systematic Theology • A Timeline of OT Kings and Prophets • A NT Chronology • How We Got the Bible • How to Study the Bible • A Harmony of the Gospels The MacArthur Study Bible helps you unleash God’s truth, one verse at a time. Order your copy today. This Bible offers supplemental information on the following topics: Inspiration, Gospel, Purposes of God, Faithfulness of God, Glory of God, Trinity, Holiness of God, Justice of God, Goodness of God, , Love of God, Compassion of God, Power of God, Providence of God, Righteousness of God, Truth, Wisdom, Unity, Character of Christ, Crucifixion, Deity of Christ, Exaltation of Christ, Excellency of Christ, Human Nature of Christ, Lordship of Christ, Humility of Christ, Incarnation of Christ, Love of Christ, Christ as High Priest, Christ as King, Miracles of Christ, Christ as Shepherd, Parables of Christ, Power of Christ, Prophecies Fulfilled in Christ, Titles and Names of Christ, Types of Christ, Baptism of the Holy Spirit, Deity of the Spirit, Emblems of the Spirit, Ministry of the Spirit, Offenses Against the Spirit, Sealing of the Spirit, Titles of the Spirit."

Paul's first letter to the Corinthians was addressed originally to a fledgling mission church in Corinth. Paul's absence from the church had allowed serious problems to arise within the Corinthian community, but the problems that he addresses in this letter do not always seem based in explicitly theological ideas. The brilliance of Paul, though, is that he frames the issues in theological terms and reflects on them in the light of the gospel. Hays identifies and discusses the major theological themes of the letter, as well as issues such as community formation and the rethinking of inherited sociocultural norms and practices, and he offers Paul as a model for ministry.

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