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  1. 9.1 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    For almost 1,500 years, the New Testament manuscripts were copied by hand—and mistakes and intentional changes abound in the competing manuscript versions. Religious and biblical scholar Bart Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself are the results of both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes. In this compelling and fascinating book, Ehrman shows where and why changes were made in our earliest surviving manuscripts, explaining for the first time how the many variations of our cherished biblical stories came to be, and why only certain versions of the stories qualify for publication in the Bibles we read today. Ehrman frames his account with personal reflections on how his study of the Greek manuscripts made him abandon his once ultra-conservative views of the Bible.

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    Misquoting Jesus

    9.1 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
  2. 9.8 hrs • 7/1/2016 • Unabridged

    This epic, thrilling journey through Bible scholarship and ancient religion shows how much of Scripture is historically false--yet the ancient writings also resound with theologies that crisscrossed the primeval world and that direct us today toward a deep, inner, authentic experience of the truly sacred. From a historical perspective, the Bible is shockingly, provably wrong, a point supported by today's best archaeological and historical scholarship but not well understood by (or communicated to) the public. Yet this emphatically does not mean that the Bible isn't, in some very real measure, true, argues scholar of mysticism Richard Smoley. Smoley reviews the most authoritative historical evidence to demonstrate that figures such as Moses, Abraham, and Jesus are not only unlikely to have existed, but bear strong composite resemblances to other Near Eastern religious icons. Likewise, the geopolitical and military events of Scripture fail to mesh with the largely settled historical time line and social structures. Smoley meticulously shows how our concepts of the Hebrew and Christian God, including Christ himself, are an assemblage of ideas that were altered, argued over, and edited--until their canonization. This process, to a large degree, gave Western civilization its consensus view of God. But these conclusions are not cause for nihilism or disbelief. Rather, beneath the metaphorical figures and mythical historicism of Scripture appears an extraordinary, truly transcendent theology born from the most sacred and fully realized spiritual and human insights of the antique Eastern world. Far from being "untrue," the Bible is remarkably, extraordinarily true as it connects us to the sublime insights of our ancient ancestors and points to a unifying ethic behind many of the world's faiths.

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    How God Became God

    9.8 hrs • 7/1/16 • Unabridged
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    6.0 hrs • 6/21/2016 • Unabridged

    From renowned historian, biographer, and novelist A. N. Wilson comes a deeply personal, literary, and historical exploration of the Bible. In The Book of the People, A. N. Wilson explores how readers and thinkers have approached the Bible, and how it might be read today. Charting his own relationship with the Bible over a lifetime of writing, Wilson argues that it remains relevant even in a largely secular society, as a philosophical work, a work of literature, and a cultural touchstone that the western world has answered to for nearly two thousand years: Martin Luther King was “reading the Bible” when he started the civil rights movement, as was Michelangelo when he painted the fresco cycles in the Sistine Chapel. Wilson challenges the way fundamentalists—whether believers or nonbelievers—have misused the Bible, either by neglecting and failing to recognize its cultural significance or by using it as a weapon against those with whom they disagree. Erudite, witty, and accessible, The Book of the People seeks to reclaim the Good Book as our seminal work of literature and a book for the imagination.

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    The Book of the People by A. N. Wilson

    The Book of the People

    6.0 hrs • 6/21/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 2.3 hrs • 6/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Godu2019s revelation: where would we be without it? In this series, Dr. Stephen Nichols explains that we would be lost if not for Godu2019s Word, trapped in the darkness of sin forever. Rather than forsake us, God sent His Son, Jesus, revealing and recording His redemptive purposes in an inspired, inerrant, and authoritative source: the Bible. Sufficient for all of life, a crucial question arises: will we accept its authority?_x000D_

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  5. 6.1 hrs • 2/23/2016 • Unabridged

    The emergence of radical Islamists should be of no surprise to students of scripture. America is only now understanding their intense passion to rule, not only the Middle East but the Western world as well. Youssef points to passages that show us how biblical prophecy speaks to the awful things to come. He finds a clear, relevant presentation of major themes in the book of Revelation with some surprising insights. He presents not just a guidebook to the future but also an action plan for living confidently for Christ in today’s uncertain and turbulent world.

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    End Times and the Secret of the Mahdi

    6.1 hrs • 2/23/16 • Unabridged
  6. 7.3 hrs • 1/31/2016 • Unabridged

    Since the days of the early church, Christians have struggled to understand the relationship between two seemingly contradictory concepts in the Bible: law and gospel. If, as the apostle Paul says, the law cannot save, what can it do? Is it merely an ancient relic from Old Testament Israel to be discarded? Or is it still valuable for Christians today? Helping modern Christians think through this complex issue, seasoned pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson carefully leads readers to rediscover an eighteenth-century debate that sheds light on this present-day doctrinal conundrum: the Marrow Controversy. After sketching the history of the debate, Ferguson moves on to discuss the theology itself, acting as a wise guide for walking the path between legalism (overemphasis on the law) on the one side and antinomianism (wholesale rejection of the law) on the other.

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    The Whole Christ

    By Sinclair Ferguson
    Foreword by Timothy Keller
    7.3 hrs • 1/31/16 • Unabridged
  7. 4.5 hrs • 1/14/2016 • Unabridged

    Did the historical person Jesus really regard himself as the Son of God? What did Jesus actually stand for? And what are we to make of the early Christian conviction that Jesus physically rose from the dead? In this book N. T. Wright considers these and many other questions raised by three controversial books about Jesus: Barbara Thiering’s Jesus the Man, A. N. Wilson’s Jesus: A Life, and John Shelby Spong’s Born of a Woman. While Wright agrees with those authors that the real, historical Jesus has many surprises in store for institutional Christianity, he also presents solid reasons for discounting their arguments, claiming that they “fail to reach anything like the right answer” as to who Jesus really was. Written from the standpoint of professional biblical scholarship yet assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, Wright’s Who Was Jesus? shows convincingly that much can be gained from a rigorous historical assessment of what the Gospels say about Jesus. This is a book to engage skeptics and believers alike.

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    Who Was Jesus?

    4.5 hrs • 1/14/16 • Unabridged
  8. 5.6 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Jacob and Solomon were polygamists. Tamar and Rahab were prostitutes. What are polygamists and prostitutes doing on the pages of Holy Scripture? And God told the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute. What about Cain—did he really marry his sister? Abraham did, and he was also a polygamist. Lot offered his daughters up for rape, David committed adultery (or rape?) and the Bible calls both men righteous. Love, Old Testament style, was bizarre. As readers of the Old Testament encounter these weird, confusing, and horrific “love” stories they ask, “What’s up with sex in the Old Testament?” The church often ignores the R-rated bits of the Bible, so it’s hard for people to find answers to their disturbing questions about sex in Scripture, which can lead people to give up on God and God’s word. However, these stories were included in the Bible for a reason, to reveal an even more shocking “love” story. When humans behave badly, God behaves graciously. God not only forgives people with sexual baggage, but also redeems their lives and includes them in his mission. God’s word records their story to benefit us. Just as sex was not often ideal in the Old Testament, it’s often not ideal today. Instead of ignoring these stories, Prostitutes and Polygamists engages, discusses, and learns from them.

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    Prostitutes and Polygamists

    5.6 hrs • 9/1/15 • Unabridged
  9. 9.7 hrs • 5/13/2015 • Unabridged

    For centuries, translations of the Bible have obscured our understanding and appreciation of the original text. Now And God Said provides readers with an authoritative account of significant mistranslations and shows how new translation methods can give readers their first glimpse into what the Bible really means. And God Said uncovers the often inaccurate or misleading English translations of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament that quotes from it. Sometimes the familiar English is just misleading. Other times the mistakes are more substantial. But the errors are widespread. This book tackles such issues as what’s wrong with the Ten Commandments (starting with the word “commandments”), the correct description of the “virgin” birth, and the surprisingly modern message in the Song of Solomon, as well as many other unexpected but thought-provoking revelations. Acclaimed translator Dr. Joel M. Hoffman sheds light on the original intention of the text and the newly developed means that readers can use to get closer to it. In And God Said his fresh approach has united the topics of religion, language, and linguistics to offer the first modern understanding since the Bible was written.

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    And God Said

    9.7 hrs • 5/13/15 • Unabridged
  10. 3.0 hrs • 5/1/2015 • Abridged

    Someone loves you—unconditionally, unshakably, unfailingly. That someone is God Himself. But how can that be possible? Why would God love you so? It is because He has fashioned an unbreakable covenant between Himself and you. And He always keeps His promises. “Everything God does,” says Kay Arthur, “is based on His covenant.” And when you understand how thoroughly the dynamic concept of covenant permeates everything God says in His Word and everything He does in our lives, you’ll come to experience one of the most stabilizing, most freeing truths you’ll ever know. In a culture in which unfaithfulness is rampant, God’s “fierce, ferocious loyalty” toward us is difficult to imagine. And yet, through her characteristically warm and wise exploration of the Scripture, Kay Arthur will lead you into discovering the stunning truth of God’s covenant—and help you experience its revolutionary truth in your life. The Bible reveals the covenant bond to be the highest personal relationship possible. In ancient times, covenants were solemn, binding agreements supremely honored above all others. Making a covenant represented an unqualified, total commitment of one person to another—unconditionally, totally, eternally. As you follow the thread of God’s covenant woven throughout the Bible, you’ll discover the awesome privilege of getting to know the Lord as your Covenant God.

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    Our Covenant God

    3.0 hrs • 5/1/15 • Abridged
  11. 4.2 hrs • 2/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Bible scholar Arthur W. Pink became a prolific and highly influential evangelical author over the course of the twentieth century, beginning with his monthly magazine Studies in Scriptures. Many of his books began as articles in this small publication, including The Attributes of God. In this work, Pink sets out to reveal the true character of God. He believes that in order to truly know God, we must first submit to God and follow in his footsteps. “The people that do know their God shall be strong” (Dan. 11:32). It is the author’s hope that those who listen to these words shall be blessed and see their lives transformed by the power of God.

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    The Attributes of God by Arthur W. Pink

    The Attributes of God

    4.2 hrs • 2/1/15 • Unabridged
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    3.2 hrs • 5/6/2014 • Unabridged

    “Deny that the Bible is, without any qualifications, the very word of God, and you are left without any ultimate standard of measurement and without any supreme authority.”—from the book The Bible is the foundation of Christianity. In The Divine Inspiration of the Bible, Arthur Pink sets out to defend the belief that this holy book is, in fact, the true word of God. In doing so he examines the idea of divine inspiration and presents various arguments that aim to prove God Almighty is the author of the Bible. This book not only examines evidence for the trustworthiness of scripture and what belief in inspiration means but also helps Christians achieve a firmer understanding of the Bible’s authority.

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    The Divine Inspiration of the Bible by Arthur W. Pink

    The Divine Inspiration of the Bible

    3.2 hrs • 5/6/14 • Unabridged
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  13. 6.8 hrs • 9/15/2013 • Unabridged

    Second in a new series of expository guides to the Bible, Timothy Keller’s Judges for You walks you through the book of Judges, showing how the flawless God is at work in the most flawed situations and the most failing people. Combining a close attention to the detail of the text with Timothy Keller’s trademark gift for clear explanation and compelling insights, this resource will both engage your mind and stir your heart. Judges for You is a uniquely flexible resource. It can simply be read as a book; used as a daily devotional, complete with reflection questions; or utilized by anyone who has a teaching ministry. It’s an excellent resource for helping small-group leaders understand and apply the text, and to give preachers helpful ways of connecting timeless Bible truths to today’s world. Judges for You is part of a curriculum and is designed for both small groups and individuals.

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  14. 8.7 hrs • 8/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Fight explores violence in the Bible and challenges us to live out Jesus’ call to nonviolence. With prophetic relevance, New York Times bestselling author Preston Sprinkle tackles the controversy surrounding violence and grapples with surprising conclusions. Anyone who has struggled with the morality of violence will appreciate this convincing biblical guide.

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    8.7 hrs • 8/1/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 4.2 hrs • 5/28/2013 • Unabridged

    From the bestselling author of The Lamb’s Supper and Signs of Life comes an illuminating work that unlocks the many mysteries of the Catholic sacrament of the Eucharist. In Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church, Dr. Scott Hahn undertakes an examination of some of Christianity’s most basic terms to discover what they meant to the sacred authors, the apostolic preachers, and their first hearers. Moreover, at a time when the Church is embarking on a new evangelization, he draws lessons for Christians today to help solidify their understanding of why Catholics do what Catholics do. Consuming the Word brings us a powerful and welcome guide as we take our place in the great and challenging work in sharing the Good News. 

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    Consuming the Word

    4.2 hrs • 5/28/13 • Unabridged
  16. 6.2 hrs • 3/15/2013 • Unabridged

    Galatians for You walks you through the book of Galatians, showing how the gospel message changes the whole of our lives. The book’s close attention to detail, along with Timothy Keller’s trademark gift for clear explanation and compelling insights, make Galatians for You a uniquely flexible resource. It can be utilized by anyone who has a teaching ministry, to help small-group leaders understand and apply the text in their study groups, and to give preachers helpful ways of connecting timeless Bible truths to today’s world. It can also be used as a daily devotional, complete with reflection questions, or it can be read for personal study and instruction. Galatians for You is the latest resource from New York pastor and bestselling author Timothy Keller, and the first in the new God’s Word for You series.

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