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Douglas Machado | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Sep 28 2009 9:09 PM

can someone write back to me and explain john 14:3 to me, i just came from my bible class and my teacher said that is the first comming of christ, but i still think that is the second comming... thank you

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 28 2009 10:57 PM

Hi Douglas

This is actually a technical forum, discussing Logos Bible Software, so we really can't get into trying to help you decide between different interpretations of Scripture, and we can't email you directly.

If you do have the Logos software, I would encourage you to see what commentaries you have, and to examine several of them so you understand why some might thing Jesus is explaining what he's about to do (go to the cross) while others might understand it as relating to his parousia (second coming.) You will then be informed and able to decide what you thing is the best understanding.

If you have difficulty finding commentaries to support your lecturer's view, I'm sure he/she would be very glad to suggest some. Or you might try to find something by Tom Wright.

If you don't have Logos yet, go grab at least the Bible Study Library, or the Scholars Library if you plan to learn Greek or Hebrew.

HTH.

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 28 2009 11:12 PM

Allen Browne:
If you don't have Logos yet, go grab at least the Bible Study Library, or the Scholars Library if you plan to learn Greek or Hebrew.

Unless you are interested in a lot of old and rather irrelevant resources, I would recommend the Original Languages Library (though there are some irrelevant books there too such as the interlinears and Strong's etc.

george
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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 29 2009 1:30 AM

douglas machado:
can someone write back to me and explain john 14:3 to me, i just came from my bible class and my teacher said that is the first comming of christ, but i still think that is the second comming.

In addition to Logos directly, there are also a number of trustworthy sites on the web if you are cautious.  You can usually find both sides of an issue so that you can really study it.

P.S. Our pastor's homily this week was on study as prayer, communal study and the need to truly grapple with the hard issues. Diversity of materials as in Logos definately can give us views to grapple with.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 29 2009 6:02 AM

Hi George. You know much more about Logos than I do, but some of the resource that are in the Scholars and not in the Original Languages are very useful to me.

The 10-vol Kittel (TDNT) alone was enough to sway me to buy it. The New Bible Commentary (ed Carson, IVP, 1994) is my favorite single-volume commentary ATM. Dictionaries, word studies, ... lots of useful things.

Sure, some are old, but they still have some value. As I write this, I'm 2000 miles from home, and just love that I have the entire library (1000+ volumes) with me here to use.

While I studied Heb & Gk in theological college, I'm not an expert in them, so the Scholars Lib has proved to be the right mix for me, I think.

 

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 29 2009 6:38 AM

Allen Browne:

Hi George. You know much more about Logos than I do, but some of the resource that are in the Scholars and not in the Original Languages are very useful to me.

The 10-vol Kittel (TDNT) alone was enough to sway me to buy it. The New Bible Commentary (ed Carson, IVP, 1994) is my favorite single-volume commentary ATM. Dictionaries, word studies, ... lots of useful things.

Sure, some are old, but they still have some value. As I write this, I'm 2000 miles from home, and just love that I have the entire library (1000+ volumes) with me here to use.

While I studied Heb & Gk in theological college, I'm not an expert in them, so the Scholars Lib has proved to be the right mix for me, I think.

 

I'm not going to suggest that you shouldn't like what you like, but I would note that I do have the TDNT which I don't think I bought separately.  I also have the New Bible Commentary which I know I didn't buy separately since I don't buy one volume commentaries (though I might buy Peake's in print).  I bought the Anchor Bible Dictionary early on when they had a terrific Christmas sale so I don't have much use for other bible dictionaries though I may consult them on occassion when I want a quick reading.  I think Easton's came with it as well as the New Bible Dictionary though I bought Smith's thinking it was something it isn't (big disappointment).  Of course, there's also Willmington's list of lists (which I don't think I've ever used) as well as a good many other items.

george
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יְמֵי־שְׁנוֹתֵינוּ בָהֶם שִׁבְעִים שָׁנָה וְאִם בִּגְבוּרֹת שְׁמוֹנִים שָׁנָה וְרָהְבָּם עָמָל וָאָוֶן

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