Best Christian Bible History & Culture Books

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1. Mysteries of the Messiah: Unveiling Divine Connections from Genesis to Today

Author: by Rabbi Jason Sobel
English
224 pages
0785240055

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Are you settling for half the story? Highlighting connections that have been hidden from non-Jewish eyes, Rabbi Jason Sobel will connect the dots between the Old and New Testament, helping you see the Bible with clarity as God intended. Most peopleeven people of faithdo not understand how the Bible fits together.

Too many Christians accept half an inheritance, content to embrace merely the New Testament, while Jewish people may often experience the same by embracing only the Old Testament. But God has an intricate plan and purpose for both the Old and the New.

In Mysteries of the Messiah, Rabbi Jason Sobel reveals the many connections in Scripture hidden in plain sight. Known for his emphatic declaration but there’s more! He guides us in seeing the passion and purpose of the Messiah. Mysteries of the Messiah:Uncovers connections between the Old and New TestamentsConnects the dots for readers with details about Jesus, the Torah, and biblical charactersWritten with the unique perspective of a rabbi with an evangelical theological degreeNo matter how many times you have read the Bible, Mysteries of the Messiah will bring fresh perspective and insight.


2. Jesus and Women – Bible Study Book: In the First Century and Now

Author: by Kristi McLelland
English
160 pages
1535992034

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Imagine walking the dusty roads of Galilee with Jesus of Nazarethbraving jostling crowds just to touch the edge of His cloak and hear Him say, Take heart, daughter, your faith has healed you. Those words, once meant to comfort a hurting woman’s soul thousands of years ago, were also meant for you.

Join biblical culturalist Kristi McLelland on those dusty roads as she transports you back to Jesus’ world, following in the footsteps of the women who came face-to-face with the Living God. Over 7 sessions, examine the historical and cultural climate of first-century Middle Eastern society to not only understand Jesus more deeply but to fuel your worship of Him today.

Note that video access is not included with the purchase of this Bible Study book. To view the seven essential teaching videos for this study (approximately 60 minutes per session), please purchase the Jesus and Women leader kit. Viewing of video teaching is recommended for the best experience of this Bible study book.


3. 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, 30th Anniversary: Unlock the Scriptures in 15 minutes a day

Author: by Max Anders
ISBN: 978-0785216186
Published at: Thomas Nelson (October 23, 2018)

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Unlock the treasures of God’s Word in just fifteen minutes a day with this classic, simple-to-use guide to Scripture. If you’ve ever confused the ark of the covenant with the ark of Noah, or Jericho with Jeroboam, Max Anders’ classic book, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, is for you.

In just fifteen minutes a day, you’ll learn the Bible’s key people, events, and doctrines to get more out of God’s Word. This simple-to-use, straightforward guide has been recommended by Bible teachers and pastors for thirty years, and now it’s available in an expanded thirtieth anniversary editionwith the most requested topics from the original edition restored and updated for today’s readers.

Features include:The Arc of Bible History to help you visualize the Bible’s overarching themesThe Story of the Bible summarizing Genesis through Revelation in just a few pagesThe core beliefs of the Christian faith, focusing on the teachings that have united Christians for the last 2,000 years13-week plan that provides teacher’s every creative and effective tool for teaching the Bible in 30 days Fan-favorite bonus content, previously removed, now restored from the original edition


4. The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity

Author: by Cynthia Bourgeault
B00MFYQGYS
September 14, 2010
English

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The author of The Wisdom Jesus takes readers on a journey to discover the real Mary Magdaleneand finds a powerful, ancient model for 21st-century spirituality Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianityyet, if you look in the Bible, you’ll find only a handful of verses that speak of her.

How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer that question, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church tradition, art, legend, and newly discovered texts to see what’s there. She then applies her own reasoning and intuition, informed by the wisdom of the ages-old Christian contemplative tradition.

What emerges is a radical view of Mary Magdalene as Jesus’s most important disciple, the one he considered to understand his teaching best. That teaching was characterized by a nondualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the feminine.

Cynthia shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus’s original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.


5. The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi Study Guide: Come to the Land Where It All Began

Author: by Kathie Lee Gifford
0310095018
HarperChristian Resources
English

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Kathie Lee Gifford always believed the Bible held the answers to every question a person could ask. Her problem was, how could she be sure of what the Bible was really saying, when we are so separated from the ancient Jewish culture in which it was written?

As a lifelong student of Scripture, Kathie Lee Gifford has always desired a deeper understanding of God’s Word and a deeper knowledge of God Himself. But it wasn’t until she began studying the biblical texts in their original Hebrew and Greekalong with actually hiking the ancient paths of Israelthat she found the fulfillment of those desires.

In this six-session video study, Kathie Lee invites you to join her as she visits sites in Israel that have impacted her life. As she shares her story, Rabbi Jason Sobel, a messianic Jewish rabbi who was trained in the ancient rabbinical way, provides fascinating background details into the language, culture and heritage that make the story of the New Testament come alive.

Kathie Lee and Rabbi Sobel will take you and your group beyond the typical “Sunday school” teaching to examine the original texts of the Bible. Now you can walk with Kathie on a journey through the spiritual foundations of her faith: The Rock (Jesus Christ): Hear directly from Kathie about her life-changing and ever-deepening connection with Jesus, the Lover of her soul.


6. Sparkling Gems From The Greek Vol. 1: 365 Greek Word Studies For Every Day Of The Year To Sharpen Your Understanding Of God's Word

Author: by Rick Renner
Teach All Nations
English
1045 pages

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Unlock a Cache of Enduring Riches In Sparkling Gems From the Greek. Rick Renner unlocks an amazing cache of rich, enduring treasures mined from deep within the Word to unveil a wealth of brilliant wisdom and sound counsel that will enrich and redefine your life.

Sparkling Gems is arranged in a devotional format with more than 1,000 in-depth Greek word studies, crafted into 365 daily devotions that are sure to inspire and provoke you to plunge deeper into your own search for more hidden treasures from God’s Word.

Three exhaustive indices an English to Greek index, a Greek to English index, and a Scripture Index are also included, making Sparkling Gems a highly effective reference tool for your own personal study library. So let wisdom and enduring riches define your life as you delve into the depths of God’s Word with Sparkling Gems From the Greek by Rick Renner.


7. ESV, MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, Hardcover: Unleashing God's Truth One Verse at a Time

Author: by Thomas Nelson
Thomas Nelson
English
2048 pages

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Dr. John MacArthur’s exhaustive study notes provide access to over 50 years of ministry to aid in a better understanding of God’s word. Over 2 million readers around the world have had their spiritual lives enriched and their understanding of God’s Word expanded by The MacArthur Study Bible.

Drawing on more than fifty years of dedicated pastoral and scholarly work, Dr. John MacArthur’s verse-by-verse study notes, book introductions, and articles display an unparalleled commitment to interpretive precisionwith the goal of making God known through His Word. Features include:Fully redesigned second edition with updated study notes and expanded selection of maps and chartsNearly 25,000 verse-by-verse study notes190 in-text maps, charts, and diagrams that illustrate the meanings, themes, teachings, people, and places of ScriptureOutline of Systematic TheologyMore than 80,000 cross-referencesConcordanceBible reading plansChronology of Old Testament Patriarchs and JudgesChronology of Old Testament Kings and ProphetsChronology of the New TestamentOverviews of Christ’s Life, Ministry, and Passion WeekHarmony of the GospelsIntroductions to each major section of ScriptureIndex to Key Bible Doctrines9.5-point type size


8. NRSV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Hardcover, Comfort Print: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture

Author: by Zondervan
Zondervan
English
2464 pages

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Discover new dimensions of insight with a behind-the-scenes tour of the ancient worldYou’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind even the most familiar stories of Scripture.

That’s what the NRSV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page of this NRSV Bible is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of biblical times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.

The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the texts read.

For us to truly understand the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world and language. The NRSV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S.


9. NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture

Author: by Craig S. Keener
0310431581
Zondervan
English

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Discover new dimensions of insight with a behind-the-scenes tour of the ancient worldYou’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind even the most familiar stories of Scripture.

That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page of this NIV Bible is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of biblical times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.

The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the texts read.

For us to truly understand the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world and language. The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S.

10. Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels

Author: by Kenneth E. Bailey
English
443 pages
0830825681

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Beginning with Jesus’ birth, Ken Bailey leads you on a kaleidoscopic study of Jesus throughout the four Gospels. Bailey examines the life and ministry of Jesus with attention to the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, Jesus’ relationship to women, and especially Jesus’ parables.

Through it all, Bailey employs his trademark expertise as a master of Middle Eastern culture to lead you into a deeper understanding of the person and significance of Jesus within his own cultural context. With a sure but gentle hand, Bailey lifts away the obscuring layers of modern Western interpretation to reveal Jesus in the light of his actual historical and cultural setting.

This entirely new material from the pen of Ken Bailey is a must-have for any student of the New Testament. If you have benefited from Bailey’s work over the years, this book will be a welcome and indispensable addition to your library.

If you are unfamiliar with Bailey’s work, this book will introduce you to a very old yet entirely new way of understanding Jesus.

11. Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew about the Bible

Author: by Michael F. Bird
Zondervan (June 8, 2021)
English
240 pages

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Answers to the most common questions and misconceptions about the Bible Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew about the Bible is a short and readable introduction to the Bible-its origins, interpretation, truthfulness, and authority. Bible scholar, prolific author, and Anglican minister Michael Bird helps Christians understand seven important “things” about this unique book:how the Bible was put together;what “inspiration” means;how the Bible is true;why the Bible needs to be rooted in history;why literal interpretation is not always the best interpretation;how the Bible gives us knowledge, faith, love, and hope; andhow Jesus Christ is the center of the Bible.

Seven Things presents clear and understandable evangelical account of the Bible’s inspiration, canonization, significance, and relevance in a way that is irenic and compelling. It is a must read for any serious Bible reader who desires an informed and mature view of the Bible that will enrich their faith.

12. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar: Fourth Edition (Zondervan Language Basics Series)

Author: by William D. Mounce
0310537436
Zondervan Academic
English

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Clear.Understandable. Carefully organized. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar by William D. Mounce is the standard textbook for colleges and seminaries. Since its initial publication in 1993 its integrated approach has helped more than 250,000 students learn New Testament Greek. The fourth edition of Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar has been updated throughout based on continuing feedback from professors, students, self-learners, and homeschoolers, making it even more effective for today’s students.

As well, improvements have been made based on recent developments in scholarship. The key to the effectiveness of Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar in helping students learn is in how it introduces them to the language. Students learn about the features of the Greek language in a logical order, with each lesson building upon the one before it.

Unnecessary obstacles that discourage students and hinder progress are removed, such as rote memorization of endless verbal paradigms. Instead students receive encouragement along the way to assure them they are making the necessary progress. As well, detailed discussions are included at key junctures to help students grasp important concepts.

13. The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians

Author: by N. T. Wright
0310499305

Zondervan Academic
English

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Finally: an introduction that captures the excitement of the early Christians, helping today’s readers to think like a first-century believer while reading the text responsibly for today. The New Testament in Its World is your passageway from the twenty-first century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians.

A highly-readable, one-volume introduction placing the entire New Testament and early Christianity in its original context, it is the only such work by distinguished scholar and author N.T.(Tom) Wright. An ideal guide for students, The New Testament in Its World addresses the many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity.

Both large and small, these questions include:What is the purpose of the New Testament? What was the first-century understanding of the kingdom? What is the real meaning of the resurrection in its original context? What really were the Gospels?

Who was Paul and why are his letters so controversial? As twenty-first-century people, how do we recover the excitement of what it was like to live as Christians in the first or second centuries? In short, The New Testament in Its World brings together decades of ground-breaking research, writing, and teaching into one volume that will open readers’ eyes to the larger world of the New Testament.

14. Zondervan's Compact Bible Dictionary

Author: by T. Alton Bryant
0310489814
Zondervan Academic
English

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A fact-and-image-filled guide to the arts, cultures, geography, geology, theologies, philosophies, and lifestyles of biblical times. Easy to use, and full of a wealth of information, the Zondervan Compact Bible Dictionary will equip your study of the Bible. The dictionary features:Concise definitions of persons, places, objects, events, and conceptsOver 6,000 entriesSummaries of the books of the BibleInformation about archaeological finds in the Holy LandHundreds of illustrationsMaps of the ancient world from the time of Abraham to the height of the Roman Empire (2000 B.C.A.D.

117)Conservative scholarship that is comprehensive in scopeIdeal usefulness for laypersons, students, teachers, and pastors

15. NKJV Study Bible, Premium Bonded Leather, Black, Comfort Print: The Complete Resource for Studying God’s Word

Author: by Thomas Nelson
English

2208 pages
0785220488

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With more than 2 million copies sold, it’s no secret that the NKJV Study Bible is a reliable guide for your journey into God’s Word. This Bible provides a complete resource for study, including thousands of notes, articles, extensive cross-references, and features contributed by top evangelical scholars.

These multilayered study tools, combined with the accuracy and beauty of the New King James Version, make this Bible a perfect choice to help you understand and deeply engage with Scripture. Features include:Over 15,000 verse-by-verse study notesBible times and culture notesWord studies with Strong’s numbersExtensive cross-reference systemIn-text maps and chartsBook introductions, outlines, and timelinesFull-length articles, a concordance, and color mapsClear and readable Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print

16. NKJV Study Bible, Full-Color: The Complete Resource for Studying God’s Word

Author: by Thomas Nelson
B07BB58PGX
Thomas Nelson
English


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With more than 2 million copies sold, it’s no secret that the NKJV Study Bible is a reliable guide for your journey into God’s Word. This beautiful full-color Bible provides a complete resource for study, including thousands of notes, articles, extensive cross-references, and features contributed by top evangelical scholars.

These multilayered study tools, combined with the accuracy and clarity of the New King James Version, make this Bible a perfect choice to help you understand and deeply engage with Scripture. Features include:Over 15,000 verse-by-verse study notesBible times and culture notesWord studies with Strong’s numbersExtensive cross-reference systemIn-text maps and chartsBook introductions, outlines, and timelinesFull-length articles, a concordance, and color mapsClear and readable Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print