Map of Direct Citations in the Bible
What Scriptures were most influential to the writers of the Bible? Who cited whom? Which writers were most schooled in Scripture? Which Gospel writer referred the most to other Scriptures? How big a role did Revelation play in their thinking and teaching? How about Genesis and Job? How are the parts of the Bible connected? Which books appear to have been written at the same time?
From God To Us Revised and Expanded: How We Got Our Bible by Norman Geisler and William Nix is a foundational text for those interested in the topic, and I can highly recommend pretty much anything by Dr. Geisler (more on that in a future post).
“Jesus and New Testament writers amply illustrate their belief in the full and complete inspiration of the Old Testament by quoting from every part of the Scriptures as authoritative, including some of its most disputed teachings. The creation of Adam and Eve (Matt. 19:4–6), the destruction of the world by a flood, the miracle of Jonah and the great fish (Matt. 12:39–40), and many other incidents are quoted authoritatively by Jesus. No part of Sacred Writ claims less than full and complete authority. Biblical inspiration is plenary.”
Geisler, Norman L.; Nix, William E. From God To Us Revised and Expanded: How We Got Our Bible. Moody Publishers.
“I may not be a trained speaker, but I do have knowledge.”
2 Corinthians 11:6, NIV
We can take a clue from one of the most influential and effective writers who ever lived—knowledge is important.
I’m generally a proponent of the big-thoughts-small-words school of thinking, but have recently been impressed by an apologetics ministry called Reasons To Believe. They offer apologetics courses, which you can read about here. If you are interested in apologetics, please consider giving their courses a go. I’m planning on taking their course entitled Creation and the Bible, which starts March 26, 2012. You can read about their distance learning approach at the Reasons Institute web page.
Hope to see you in class!
This video ties archaeology and history to Matthew 17, and provides some context for the turmoil that surrounds Jerusalem—substantially predating the first century and continuing to this day.
Check out the links at the end of this post. The Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) is a fascinating resource that will engage your imagination and help you see the Bible.
Credits & Sources:
Day of Discovery More Than a Miracle
Gates of the Old City of Jerusalem
Golden Gate (Jerusalem)
Map of Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus
Biblical Archaeology Review
Where Jesus Walked DVD (Biblical Archaeology Review)
The core teachings of Jesus Christ are recorded in Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount. This video is an experiment, using the Glo Bible and other online resources to build upon Dick Woodward’s Mini Bible College lessons. Dick has some unique views on the context and content of Jesus’ formative teaching.