The Zondervan Biblical and Theological Lectures series provides a unique audio learning experience. Unlike a traditional audiobook's direct narration of a book's text, Four Portraits, One Jesus: Audio Lectures includes high quality live-recordings of college-level lectures that cover the important points from each subject, as well as relevant material from other sources.To Christians worldwide, the man Jesus of Nazareth is the centerpiece of history, the object of faith, hope, and worship. Even those who do not follow him admit the vast influence of his life. For anyone interested in knowing more about Jesus, study of the four biblical Gospels is essential.Four Portraits, One Jesus is a thorough yet accessible introduction to these documents and their subject, the life and person of Jesus. Like different artists rendering the same subject using different styles and points of view, the Gospels paint four highly distinctive portraits of the same remarkable Jesus.With clarity and insight, Mark Strauss illuminates these four books, first addressing their nature, origin, methods for study, and historical, religious, and cultural backgrounds. He then moves on to closer study of each narrative and its contribution to our understanding of Jesus, investigating things such as plot, characters, and theme. Finally, he pulls it all together with a detailed examination of what the Gospels teach about Jesus' ministry, message, death, and resurrection, with excursions into the quest for the historical Jesus and the historical reliability of the Gospels. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark L. Strauss. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/001635/bk_zond_001635_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It is still unknown as to who the original author was of The Good News According to Matthew. Some scholars believe the author to have been Matthew himself, also known as Levi, a former tax collector and one of Yeshua’s 12 disciples. Some regard the The Good News According to Matthew as the most important of all the gospels as it shows the transition from the Old and New Testament in its explanation of the immaculate conception, teaching of the early church, Judaism and the law, and a detailed account of the life and death of Yeshua the Messiah. Filled with parables and life-changing teaching, like the Sermon on the Mount, The Good News According to Matthew teaches us what it looks like to live as a true disciple of Yeshua the Messiah. An important factor in the The Good News According to Matthew is the mention of the Kingdom of God. The word “kingdom” is used 28 times throughout this book. This evokes the question, “What exactly is the Kingdom of God?” We read in other books, “for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” It is understood that the Jews were expecting the coming Messiah to set up and rule over a physical kingdom, but as we see in the text of Matthew, Yeshua’s heavenly perspective is quite different than what some of the Jews had expected. Most historians agree that John Mark is the author of this account of the good news and it may have been one of the first Gospels written. Some believe that the timeline of the gospel being written was approximately sometime between the years 65-70 AD, which was shortly after the death of Peter. There are details in The Good News According to Mark that are not in the other Gospels which lead historians to believe that this was written by someone who had been an eye-witness to these events. What also distinguishes this book among the other Gospels is the emphasis of the suffering of Yeshua. This could have been due to t 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jacob Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/192185/bk_acx0_192185_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book covers four distinct areas concerning the life and teachings of Jesus Christ: 1. An interview with the late Charan Singh, spiritual head of Radhasoami Satsang Beas, conducted by a group of fundamentalist Christians. Charan provides a detailed explanation for why he believes Jesus was a mystic-yogi. 2. An excerpt from Dr. Andrea Diem's pioneering work on early Gnosticism and its connection to Indian mysticism. 3. A complete translation of the Gospel of Thomas by Mark M. Mattison. 4. A radical new interpretation of Christianity based on a deep and horizontal reading of the four Gospels in the New Testament, focusing on the humanity of Mary Magdalene and her unconditional love. This book taken as a whole provides a new way of looking at Jesus and early Christianity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Stefano. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/076242/bk_acx0_076242_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Determined to Believe is written for those who are interested in or even troubled by questions about God's sovereignty and human freedom and responsibility. John Lennox writes in the spirit of helping people to get to grips with the biblical treatment of this issue for themselves. In this comprehensive review of the topic of theological determinism, Lennox seeks firstly to define the problem, looking at the concepts of freedom, the different kinds of determinism, and the moral problems these pose. He then equips the reader with biblical teaching on the topic and explores the spectrum of theological opinion on it. Following this Lennox delves deeper into the Gospels and then investigates what we can learn regarding determinism and responsibility from Paul's discussion in Romans on God's dealings with Israel. Finally Lennox tackles the issue of Christian assurance. This nuanced and detailed study challenges some of the widely held assumptions in the area of theological determinism and brings a fresh perspective to the debate. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Crockett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106615/bk_acx0_106615_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Roberta Grimes spent decades studying nearly 200 years of afterlife evidence and forming a detailed picture of what happens at and after death. She then discovered that 2,000 years ago Jesus told us things about God, reality, death, the afterlife, human nature, and the nature of reality that perfectly match the afterlife evidence in even small details. She outlines many of these correspondences in appendices to her books The Fun of Dying (2010, 2014) and The Fun of Staying in Touch (2014).In Liberating Jesus Roberta offers compelling evidence that the earliest Christians misunderstood the meaning and the message of Jesus. She demonstrates that all the correspondences between the Gospels and the afterlife evidence amount to nothing less than a new revelation from God. And she shows us that once we put aside the magic-thinking notion that the whole Christian Bible must be the inspired word of God just because the earliest Christians said it was, we at last free Jesus to bring to humankind the messages directly from God that long ago were his true life's purpose. His promise remains as fresh today as it was 2,000 years ago, and now it is confirmed by the afterlife evidence: if we will live according to the teachings of Jesus, we can create the Kingdom of God on earth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roberta Grimes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/074780/bk_acx0_074780_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the controversial 1960 novel of the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis. It stars Willem Dafoe as Jesus Christ, Harvey Keitel as Judas Iscariot, Barbara Hershey as Mary Magdalene, David Bowie as Pontius Pilate, and Harry Dean Stanton as Paul. The film was shot entirely in Morocco. Like the novel, the film depicts the life of Jesus Christ, and its central thesis is that Jesus, while free from sin, was still subject to every form of temptation that humans face, including fear, doubt, depression, reluctance and lust. This results in the book and film depicting Christ being tempted by imagining himself engaged in sexual activities, a notion that has caused outrage from some Christians. The movie includes a disclaimer explaining that it departs from the commonly-accepted Biblical portrayal of Jesus'' life, and that it is not intended to be an exact recreation of the events detailed in the Gospels.
In this excellent, thoroughly-researched and thoughtful study, J. aims to steer a path between these divergent views, and to provide a way out of what has become a scholarly impasse. [...] J.'s study is a model of sober scholarship. [...] this is a fine study that will undoubtedly become the standard discussion of Antipas for some time to come." Helen Bond in Theologische Literaturzeitung 133 (2008), pp. 379-381 "Jensen has written a persuasive and comprehensive study on Antipas and his impact on Galilee. He has given us significant background information to our understanding of the Gospels and the historical Jesus." Christoph Stenschke in Religion and Theology 16 (2009), pp.111-115 "We recommend the book to every scholarly or seminary library, and to all individuals interested in the origins of Christianity." Zdzislaw J. Kapera in The Polish Journal of Biblical Research 6 (2007), pp.193-194 "His bibliography is a goldmine for those interested in Galilean archaeology, and a set of helpful illustrations, maps, and charts enhances the work. This book is a must read for anyone interested in historical Jesus, indeed, it undermines so much current scholarship on Christian origins that it (and Galilee generally) is a good place to begin." Jonathan L. Reed in Bulletin of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity 35 (2007), S. 10-11 "This is an important study, one that no scholar writing on the cultural climate of first-century Galilee or the historical Jesus can afford to ignore. It is a fine exemplar of thoroughness and nuance and will quickly become the standard reference work on Herod Antipas's impact on the region." Die ungekürzte Rezension von Mark A. Chancey finden Sie auf www.bookreviews.org "This seems to be a model historical study." L.L. Grabbe in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament - Book List 31.5 (2007), S. 48-49 "This work is a major up-to-date contribution on the life and reign of Herod Antipas. Jensen is to be commenended for his research and insight. Although he deals with complex and detailed issues, the book is easy to read and follow because it is so well organized and well written. For anyone who wants to learn about Herod Antipas and first-century Galilee, this book is a must." Harold W. Hoehner in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 50 (2007), S. 833-835
The book presents a description of Unua, one of two dialects of Unua-Pangkumu, an Oceanic language of Malakula Island, Vanuatu. Unua has about 700 speakers who are bilinguals using Unua in local interactions and using the national language, Bislama, non-locally, as well as in local public and religious settings. The description is based on material collected in the field from speakers of different age-groups in the five Unua villages. The data corpus includes a substantial body of material: contemporary translations of the New Testament gospels, audio-recorded transcribed and glossed texts, and elicited material collected with a range of speakers. The analysis includes comparisons with other Malakula languages and is both of typological and historical-comparative interest. The data documentation is substantial and detailed.
Professor Rist questions the assumption that the texts of the Gospels of Maark and Matthew are explained in terms of direct literary dependence. He argues that Matthew and Mark gospels grew independently on the basis of a common oral tradition, and supports his view by detailed examination of a large number of parallel passages.