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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Feb 28 2014 1:16 AM

I just got to say that this is a really worthwhile resource:  https://www.logos.com/product/4466/tom-constables-expository-bible-study-notes

Tom Constable compiles many resources (commentaries, theologies, journals, etc.) in this verse by verse commentary, into a sort of Digest.  I wonder if it is almost like a Lexham Bible Guide.  I imagine it might be, but I don't have any LBG's yet.  But here you get the whole Bible Guide for price of one LBG book. 

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 28 2014 9:44 AM

His notes are very good, I do not own this edition but have the 2014 edition in another software, which i would bet are basiclly the same as his 2003 version sold by Logos.

-Dan

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 28 2014 10:01 AM

No doubt that is a bargain from an outstanding Bible scholar.  This would be one of the finest set of Bible notes from the Dispensational perspective available, and these notes would be extremely valuable in understanding that perspective on Scripture. 

Personally, I am not of the Dispensational persuasion, but I recognize the value and scholarship of these notes.  As one who has often said that we should read points of view other than our own, I would not want to miss this one.

Even if you are not Dispensational, if you preach in the South, as I do, most of your members are.  So you better understand their point of view.  How else can you explain your own point of view to them?  Respect tends to breed respect.  And I have awesome respect for some great men of God who shared the Dispensational perspective, like Dr. Billy Graham, for instance.

Who knows, I might even be wrong. about theology..........(but I am not, you know.  Wink)

"In all cases, the Church is to be judged by the Scripture, not the Scripture by the Church," John Wesley

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 28 2014 11:14 AM

Here is his comments on Proverbs 6:1-19:

Solomon singled out a few more serious errors to avoid in addition to marital unfaithfulness. These include assuming liability for the debts of others (vv. 1- 5), being lazy (vv. 6- 11), being untruthful (vv. 12- 15), and seven other practices that need no clarification (vv. 16- 19).
The advice in this section provides a good example of what prudence is. A prudent person is one who is capable of exercising sound judgment in practical matters. He or she is cautious and discreet in conduct, is circumspect, and is sensible. We often describe a prudent person by saying that he or she has common sense. A prudent person can foresee the consequences of possible actions and behaves accordingly. A godly (wise) person can be prudent because God's revelation helps us see the usual consequences of our actions before we commit them. This is largely what the Book of Proverbs helps us do.
"Surety" (v. 1) means "security" in the sense of taking on another person's obligations as one's own, as when a person co- signs a note to pay another person's loan, for example. Paul offered to pay Onesimus 'past debts, but not his future ones (Phile. 18- 19). "Neighbor" and "stranger" (v. 1) together mean anyone; these two kinds of people are not the only ones in view. This is a figure of speech called a merism in which two extremes represent the whole. Solomon strongly counseled avoidance of this obligation. If one finds himself in it already he should do everything he can to get himself out of it before he discovers that he is in even worse trouble (v. 3). The writer did not command his son never to become surety for his neighbor; he told him what to do if he had already done this so he could escape the consequences that typically follow such an act. The reader is not disobeying God if he or she becomes surety for a stranger, but this proverb warns of the possible consequences and gives advice about how to avoid them.
Verses 6- 11 warn against laziness (cf. 24:33- 34).
"Improvidence is not faith; it is the grossest presumption to act the part of the sluggard and then to expect divine provision in the hour of need. In this as in all else sowing follows reaping [cf. 13:6]."
"Hard work ought to be the normal routine of us who serve a carpenter- Christ, who follow the lead of a tentmaker- apostle, and who call ourselves children of a Father who is still working (John 5:17)."
A "vagabond" (v. 11) is a "highwayman," namely, a robber.
"In that society there were no technological controls or government social programs to serve as a safety net against poverty."
The person in view in verses 12- 15 is one who, for the amusement it gives him or her, causes other people to experience inconvenience or suffering. A simple joke is different from joking at someone else's expense, joking that hurts someone else. The latter practice is what Solomon urged his son to avoid. He called such a mischievous prankster "worthless" and "wicked" (v. 12). "Worthless" is literally "of Beliel," a word that became a name for Satan (2 Cor. 6:15).
The list in verses 16- 19 repeats some of what Solomon mentioned earlier. It may have been one whole proverb he added because it carried on the idea of other temptations to avoid. The phrase "six... yes, seven" (v. 16) implies that this list is not exhaustive of what God hates, though it is explicit. These seven practices deal with attitude (v. 17a), thought (18a), speech (17b, 19a), action (17c, 18b), and influence (19b). For what God loves, compare Isaiah 66:2.
"The numerical pattern-' six... seven"- plays several roles:(1) it aids memory by numbering the items in a list; (2) it encourages recitation or repetition of the items by making a game, almost a riddle, of the text; (3) it thrusts into bold relief the final item, here the seventh, as the climax and center of the list... "

-Dan

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 28 2014 11:19 AM

Michael Childs:
Who knows, I might even be wrong. about theology

Hmm Hmmmmmm! Hmm

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 28 2014 1:05 PM

Michael Childs:

Even if you are not Dispensational, if you preach in the South, as I do, most of your members are.  So you better understand their point of view.  How else can you explain your own point of view to them?  Respect tends to breed respect.  And I have awesome respect for some great men of God who shared the Dispensational perspective, like Dr. Billy Graham, for instance.

Who knows, I might even be wrong. about theology..........(but I am not, you know.  Wink)

Michael, I admire the way you pursue truth with respect for others who disagree with you! The humble leader can honestly say, "I may be the one in error, although I don't think I am"

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Josh | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 28 2014 1:11 PM

Michael Childs:

Who knows, I might even be wrong. about theology.....

As a Dispensationalist myself, you might just be right about being wrong! Stick out tongue

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 28 2014 2:34 PM

My point was not very clear.  Try this:

Constable writes many of his own notes which generally are pretty good (and theologically sound, being dispensational) Wink.  What I also like is the many resources he cites by folks from all over.  

Unfortunately cited sources are mostly not yet well cross-linked to other resources in Logos, but hopefully that will eventually happen.  How wonderful if one of Constables references such as Bibliotheca Sacra 152:607 (July-September 1995):306-17 would actually take you to that resource and location!  Many of his resources provide a title, but not necessarily a location--maybe that is why.  But many do give a location!  Or maybe that is why we pay more for Logos products--so someone will find those locations.

What I find useful is that that much of Constable's Notes are excerpts, a sort of digest of many commentaries and scholars with different viewpoints--all side by side.  Do you know of any other resource like that? If so, tell me.

His Bibliographies are quite useful too even if they are not well linked.  I am sure LBG resources are very well linked.

Here is a randomly selected Bibliography from 1 Thessalonians:

Bibliography
Askwith, E. H. “‘I’ and ‘We’ in the Thesalonian Epistles.” Expositor. Series 8:1 (1911):149-59.
Barclay, William. The Letters to the Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians. Daily Study Bible series. 2nd ed. and reprint ed. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1963.
Baxter, J. Sidlow. Explore the Book. 6 vols. London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1965.
Best, Ernest. A Commentary on the First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians. Harper’s New Testament Commentaries series. New York: Harper and Row, 1972.
_____. A Commentary on the First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians. Black’s New Testament Commentaries series. 2nd ed. London: Black, 1977.
Bicknell, E. J. The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians. Westminster Commentaries series. London: Methuen, 1932.
Boice, James Montgomery. The Last and Future World. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1974.
Bornkamm, Gunther. Paul. Translated by D. M. G. Stalker. New York: Harper, 1971.
Brindle, Wayne A. “Biblical Evidence for the Imminence of the Rapture.” Bibliotheca Sacra 158:630 (April-June 2001):138-51.
Brookes, James H. “Kept Out of the Hour.” Our Hope 6 (November 1899):153-57.
Bruce, F. F. 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Word Biblical Commentary series. Waco: Word Books, 1982.
Chafer, Lewis Sperry. Systematic Theology. 8 vols. Dallas: Dallas Seminary Press, 1947–48.
Clark, Kenneth W. “Realized Eschatology.” Journal of Biblical Literature 59 (1940):367-83.
Constable, Thomas L. “Analysis of Bible Books—New Testament.” Paper submitted for course 686 Analysis of Bible Books—New Testament. Dallas Theological Seminary, January 1968.
_____. “1 Thessalonians.” In Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament, pp. 687–711. Edited by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck. Wheaton: Scripture Press Publications, Victor Books, 1983.
Darby, John Nelson. Synopsis of the Books of the Bible. 5 vols. Revised ed. New York: Loizeaux Brothers Publishers, 1942.
Demy, Timothy J., and Ice, Thomas D. “The Rapture and an Early Medieval Citation.” Bibliotheca Sacra 152:607 (July-September 1995):306-17.
Denney, James. The Epistles to the Thessalonians. The Expositors’ Bible series. New York: Hodder and Stoughton, n.d.
Dictionary of the Apostolic Church, Edited by James Hastings. 1915 ed. S.v. “Thessalonians, Epistles to the,” by F. S. Marsh.
Dictionary of the Bible, Edited by James Hastings. 1910 ed. S.v. “Thessalonians, First Epistle to the,” by W. Lock.
Donfield, Karl P. “The Cults of Thessalonica and the Thessalonian Correspondence.” New Testament Studies 31:3 (July 1985);336–56.
Edgar, Thomas R. “An Exegesis of Rapture Passages.” In Issues in Dispensationalism, pp. 203–23. Edited by Wesley R. Willis and John R. Master. Chicago: Moody Press, 1994.
_____. “The Meaning of ‘Sleep’ in 1 Thessalonians 5:10.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 22:4 (December 1979):345-49.
Fee, Gordon D. The First Epistle to the Corinthians. New International Commentary on the New Testament series. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1987.
Feinberg, Paul D. “Dispensational Theology and the Rapture.” In Issues in Dispensationalism, pp. 225–45. Edited by Wesley R. Willis and John R. Master. Chicago: Moody Press, 1994.
Fickett, Harold L. Keep On Keeping On! Bible Commentary for Laymen series. Glendale: Gospel Light Publications, Regal Books, 1977.
Findlay, George G. The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians. Cambridge Greek New Testament for Schools and Colleges series. 1904; reprint ed., Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1982.
Frame, James Everett. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistles of St. Paul to the Thessalonians. International Critical Commentary series. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1912.
Fuller, Reginald H. The Mission and Achievement of Jesus. Chicago: Alec R. Allenson, Inc., 1954.
Gaebelein, Arno C. The Annotated Bible. 4 vols. Reprint ed. Chicago: Moody Press, and New York: Loizeaux Brothers, Inc., 1970.
A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. By C. G. Wilke. Revised by C. L. Wilibald Grimm. Translated, revised and enlarged by Joseph Henry Thayer, 1889.
Gundry, Robert H. The Church and the Tribulation. Contemporary Evangelical Perspectives series. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, Academic Books, 1973.
Guthrie, Donald. New Testament Introduction. 3 vols. 2nd ed. London: Tyndale Press, 1966.
Hendriksen, William. New Testament Commentary: Exposition of I and II Thessalonians. Reprint ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1974.
Hiebert, D. Edmond. The Thessalonian Epistles. Chicago: Moody Press, 1971.
_____. Working with God: Scriptural Studies in Intercession. New York: Carlton Press, 1987.
Hock, Ronald F. The Social Context of Paul’s Ministry: Tentmaking and Apostleship. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1980.
Hodges, Zane C. “The Rapture in 1 Thessalonians 5:1–22.” In Walvoord: A Tribute, pp. 67–79. Edited by Donald K. Campbell. Chicago: Moody Press, 1982.
Hodgson, Robert, Jr. “Gospel and Ethics in First Thessalonians.” The Bible Today 26 (November 1988):344-49.
Hubbard, David A. “The First Epistle to the Thessalonians.” In Wycliffe Bible Commentary, pp. 1347–59. Edited by Charles F. Pfeiffer and Everett F. Harrison. Chicago: Moody Press, 1962.
Hunter, A. M. Paul and His Predecessors. London: SCM Press Ltd., 1961.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Edited by James Orr. 1957 ed. S.v. “Thessalonians, The First Epistle of Paul to the,” by Rollin Hough Walker.
Ironside, Harry A. Addresses on the First and Second Epistles to Thessalonians. New York: Loizeaux Brothers, 1959.
Jewett, Robert. The Thessalonian Correspondence: Pauline Rhetoric and Millenarian Piety. Foundations and Facets series. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1986.
Karleen, Paul. The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church: Is It Biblical? Langhorne, Pa.: BF Press, 1991.
Katterjohn, Arthur D. The Tribulation People. Carol Stream, Il.: Creation House, 1975.
Kimball, William R. The Rapture: A Question of Timing. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1985.
Ladd, George E. The Blessed Hope. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1956.
Lange, John Peter, ed. Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. 12 vols. Reprint ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1960. Vol. 11: Galatians-Hebrews, by Otto Schmoller, Karl Braune, C. A. Auberlen, C. J. Riggenbach, J. J. Van Oosterzee, and Carl Bernhard Moll. Translated by C. C. Starburk, M. B. Riddle, Horatio B. Hackett, John Lillie, E. A. Washburn, E. Harwood, George E. Day, and A. C. Kendrick.
Lenski, Richard C. H. The Interpretation of St. Paul’s Epistles to the Colossians, to the Thessalonians, to Timothy, to Titus and to Philemon. Reprint ed. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1964.
Lewis, Gordon R. “Biblical Evidence for Pretribulationism.” Bibliotheca Sacra 125:499 (July-September 1968):216-26.
Lightfoot, J. B. Notes on the Epistles of St. Paul. Reprint ed. Winona Lake, In.: Alpha Publications, n.d.
Lindars, Barnabas. “The Sound of the Trumpet: Paul and Eschatology.” Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 67:2 (Spring 1985):766-82.
Lowery, David K. “A Theology of Paul’s Missionary Epistles.” In A Biblical Theology of the New Testament, pp. 243–97. Edited by Roy B. Zuck. Chicago: Moody Press, 1994.
Malherbe, A. J. Moral Exhortation, A Greco-Roman Sourcebook. Library of Early Christianity series. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1986.
Manson, Thomas W. “St. Paul in Greece: The Letters to the Thessalonians.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 35 (1952–53):428-47.
_____. Studies in the Gospels and Epistles. Manchester: University of Manchester, 1962.
Marshall, I. Howard. 1 and 2 Thessalonians. New Century Bible Commentary series. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., and London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott Pub. Ltd., 1983.
Martin, D. Michael. 1, 2 Thessalonians. The New American Commentary series. N.c.: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995.
McClain, Alva J. The Greatness of the Kingdom. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1959.
McLean, John A. “Another Look at Rosenthal’s ‘Pre-Wrath Rapture.’” Bibliotheca Sacra 148:592 (October-December 1991):387-98.
McNeile, A. H. An Introduction to the Study of the New Testament. 2nd ed. revised by C. S. C. Williams. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965.
Milligan, George. St. Paul’s Epistles to the Thessalonians. Evangelical Masterworks series. Reprint ed. Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell, Co., n.d.
Morgan, G. Campbell. Living Messages of the Books of the Bible. 2 vols. New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1912.
Morison, Frank. Who Moved the Stone? 1930. Reprint ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, Lamplighter Books, 1958.
Morris, Leon. The Epistles of Paul to the Thessalonians. Tyndale New Testament Commentary series. London: Tyndale Press, 1966.
_____. The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians. New International Commentary on the New Testament series. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1979.
Murray, John. The Epistle to the Romans. 2 vols. New International Commentary on the New Testament series. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1959.
Ockenga, Harold John. “Will the Church Go Through the Tribulation? Yes.” Christian Life, February 1955, pp. 22, 66.
Payne, J. Barton. The Imminent Appearing of Christ. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1962.
Pentecost, J. Dwight Things to Come. Findlay, Oh.: Dunham Publishing Co., 1958.
Plevnik, Joseph. “The Taking Up of the Faithful and the Resurrection of the Dead in 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 46 (1984):274-83.
Radmacher, Earl D. “Believers and the Bema.” Grace Evangelical Society News 10:3 (May-June 1995):1, 4.
_____. “The Imminent Return of the Lord.” In Issues in Dispensationalism, pp. 247–67. Edited by Wesley R. Willis and John R. Master. Chicago: Moody Press, 1994.
Reese, Alexander. The Approaching Advent of Christ. London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1937.
Robertson, Archibald Thomas. Word Pictures in the New Testament. 6 vols. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1931.
Rosenthal, Marvin. The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990.
Ryrie, Charles Caldwell. First and Second Thessalonians. Moody Colportage Library series. Chicago: Moody Press, 1959.
_____. So Great Salvation. Wheaton: Scripture Press Publications, Victor Books, 1989.
Showers, Renald E. Maranatha Our Lord, Come: A Definitive Study of the Rapture of the Church. Bellmawr, Pa.: Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, 1995.
Smith, J. B. A Revelation of Jesus Christ. Edited by J. Otis Yoder. Scottsdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1971.
Stanton, Gerald B. Kept from the Hour. Fourth ed. Miami Springs, Fl.: Schoettle Publishing Co., 1991.
_____. “A Review of The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church.” Bibliotheca Sacra 148:589 (January-March 1991):90-111.
Tarn, W. W., and Griffith, G. T. Hellenistic Civilisation. Third edition. London: E. Arnold, 1952.
Thiessen, Henry Clarence. Introduction to the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1962.
Thomas, Robert L. “1 Thessalonians.” In Ephesians—Philemon. Vol. 11 of Expositor’s Bible Commentary. 12 vols. Edited by Frank E. Gaebelein and J. D. Douglas. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1978.
Wall, Joe L. Going for the Gold. Chicago: Moody Press, 1991.
Wallace, Daniel B. “A Textual Problem in 1 Thessalonians 1:10: ‘Ek tes ‘Orges vs ‘Apo tes ‘Orges.” Bibliotheca Sacra 147:588 (October-December 1990):470-79.
Walvoord, John F. The Blessed Hope and the Tribulation. Contemporary Evangelical Perspectives series. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1976.
_____. The Rapture Question. Findlay, Oh.: Dunham Publishing Co., 1957.
_____. “The Resurrection of Israel.” Bibliotheca Sacra 124:493 (January-March 1967):3-15.
_____. The Thessalonian Epistles. Study Guide series. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1979.
Wanamaker, Charles A. The Epistles to the Thessalonians. New International Greek Testament Commentary series. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., and Exeter, Eng.: Paternoster Press, 1990.
White, R. Fowler. “Does God Speak Today Apart from the Bible? In The Coming Evangelical Crisis, pp. 77–90. Edited by John H. Armstrong. Chicago: Moody Press, 1996.
Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Ready. BE Books series. Wheaton: Scripture Press Publications, Victor Books, 1980.

 

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 28 2014 6:52 PM

Josh:

Michael Childs:

Who knows, I might even be wrong. about theology.....

As a Dispensationalist myself, you might just be right about being wrong! Stick out tongue

Big Smile Great comment!  Made me chuckle.  My wife believes that I am often wrong, and she is right.  Blessing on you.

By the way I grew up a Dispensationalist, proving Arminius right that some fall from grace.

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 1 2014 4:11 AM

Michael Childs:
By the way I grew up a Dispensationalist, proving Arminius right that some fall from grace.

God accepts those who are truly repentant and return to the path of light Wink.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 1 2014 10:08 AM

Raised Lutheran I am not a huge fan of Calvin or Arminius (but I do feel both have valid points in their arguments ). I am always reminded of the the story of a congregation that  split on lines of Calvin and Arminius. And one poor soul went to the Calvinists, and wanting to make sure of his convictions were true was questioned. "Why are you here?" When the man answered, "I choose to be here." The leaders cried, "Out of here, you must be destine to be here there is no choice, go to the others where your kind belongs." Feeling he had no choice he went to the Arminians and when they questioned him on to why he was there he answered honestly, "I was sent here, told this is where I belonged." Leaving the leaders there to say, "No it must be your choice, we cannot have you with us."  

Of course being Lutheran I also remember Luther's great analogy (paraphrased): You can jump off the ship that is the church, but Jesus our captain will steer the ship after you madly till you are back on board, God's grace never gives up.

-Dan 

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kyle lammott | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 3 2014 9:59 AM

You can look at all of Constable's notes at http://soniclight.com/constable/notes.htm

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