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Walk Through the Greek Text of Philippians with Mark Giacobbe


Helpful Resources For Biblical Theology and Backgrounds

Fantastic Biblical Theology Works from G.K. Beale and Desmond Alexander

Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

“Leading evangelical scholars G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson have brought together a distinguished team to provide readers with a comprehensive commentary on Old Testament quotations, allusions, and echoes that appear from Matthew through Revelation.”

The Temple and the Church’s Mission

“In this comprehensive study, a New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, G. K. Beale argues that the Old Testament tabernacle and temples were symbolically designed to point to the end-time reality that God’s presence, formerly limited to the Holy of Holies, would be extended throughout the cosmos.”

From Eden to the New Jerusalem

“Alexander pieces together the Bible’s overarching plot. The resulting picture reveals the reasons for creation and life that have eluded those who seek to answer life’s biggest questions without first placing themselves in God’s story.”

From Paradise to the Promised Land

“A senior biblical scholar provides a new edition of his introduction to the Pentateuch that guides students through a crucial portion of the Old Testament.”

A Helpful Background for Luke-Acts from Karl Allen Kuhn

The Kingdom According to Luke and Acts: A Social, Literary, and Theological Introduction

“Karl Allen Kuhn presents Luke’s narrative as a ‘kingdom story’ that both announces the arrival of God’s reign in Jesus and describes the ministry of the early church, revealing the character of the kingdom as dramatically at odds with the kingdom of Rome.”

Heard In This Episode

0:24 – How a former musician and missionary got to theological education.

3:32 – The influence of the narrative structure of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles on Luke-Acts

5:10 – What is Bayes’ Theorem, and why should pastors and scholars care?

9:13 – How the concept of “background probability” apply to Mark’s dissertation

13:22 – What does it say about Jesus if Luke is influenced by the structure of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles? What does it say about us if Acts is influenced by them?

18:03 – What do Ph.D. students need to know to write an effective dissertation?

19:52 – Why should pastors care about Biblical theology as much as systematic theology, and what can they read to bone up on Biblical theology?

22:24 – Why and how do the backgrounds of Luke and Acts matter to Christians in everyday life?

26:40 – Mark: “Never let study of holy things obscure our love for the Holy One.”