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  • Re: using Logos for theological research

    [quote user="Chris adamou"] Hi all, I'm fairly new to Logos and recently bought the Platinum library (plus a ton of other books). I'm hoping to use Logos to help me with my Bible college assignments. Unfortunately customer services have not been very helpful and have pointed me in the direction of the forums for help. One of the questions I've been
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Tue, Mar 5 2019
  • Re: Overblown marketing hype

    I don't know if you've heard of it, but just in case you haven't, try to read Christian Smith's "The Bible Made Impossible". He identifies the cause of all the differences of opinion over bible interpretation in the Church, and comes up with a very good antidote to it, which is Christologically centred. It was my "Best Read" of last year. Remarkable
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Tue, Mar 5 2019
  • Re: Convince me on this resource

    [quote user="Michael S."] So David, would you recommend these books? [/quote] Indeed I do. Before I read Walton's books, I struggled when I was confronted with more literal ways of understanding Genesis. Subsequent to reading Walton, I now have a deeper insight into how Genesis was read and understood by its original recipients. And how all this obsession
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Thu, Oct 25 2018
  • Re: Convince me on this resource

    [quote user="David Paul"] [quote user="Joseph Turner"]Walton attempts to help you to think about the Bible the way the original audience would have thought about it.[/quote] This, of course, assumes that there is such a thing as "the original audience", and that they would have a more comprehensible understanding of Scripture than contemporary readers
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Thu, Oct 25 2018
  • Re: Being a Witness

    [quote user="Beloved"] I'm looking for Logos resources that discuss being a witness from a Jewish perspective. Thanks for your help! [/quote] Firstly, let me say I am not one to "jump" on somebody because they are not being "politically correct" (whatever that means!), but you just said something which on the education of fellow Christian brothers and
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Mon, Oct 22 2018
  • Re: OT-ish: Talmud Online

    [quote user="DAL"] Quite honestly I’m glad I got both Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud in Logos. Many resources reference the Talmud so it’s kind of nice to be able to jump back-and-forth, highlight, copy and paste or create notes within the Talmud. Maybe it won’t take me 7 1/2 years read it 👍😁👌 DAL [/quote] There is an old Rabbinic
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Sat, Sep 29 2018
  • Re: Messianic Jews Question

    [quote user="Genghis"] [quote user="David Staveley"]So, as you can see, different classes of gentile would have accepted different levels of mitzvot . Not as you say "only one set for all".[/quote] Hmmm... Aren't the conception of these classes (ger, ger toshav, and proselyte) relatively recent developments in Jewish history? I've seen one or two articles
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Sat, Sep 29 2018
  • Re: Messianic Jews Question

    [quote user="DAL"] Any information on the Netzarim Messianic Jewish group, David? You seem to be familiar with different branches of MJ’s. I found a link in English by the same guy that wrote the material in Spanish: https://answersintorah.wordpress.com/ From an article I read, they go as far as denying the virgin birth of Christ. According to
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Fri, Sep 28 2018
  • Re: Messianic Jews Question

    [quote user="Genghis"] [quote user="DAL"] What is the Talmud good for (Babylonian and Jerusalem)? DAL [/quote] Talmud is like a email discussion of rabbinical authorities or a string of dicta from a law journal. It's a record of rabbinical discussions. Useful to glean what people were thinking about various topics and passages in their day. Like all
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Fri, Sep 28 2018
  • Re: Messianic Jews Question

    [quote] But then, when you look at certain passages in the Pentateuch, when a non-Jew wanted to live with the Jewish people, s/he was to take on the Torah and it expressly requires that they weren't to live under a separate set of rules; only one set for all. It even says they were to be treated as if they were their own and to be loved. [/quote] I
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Fri, Sep 28 2018
  • Re: What’s the Difference or...

    [quote user="Denise"] [quote user="Mark Barnes"] On the usefulness of DSS vs Talmud, etc., it really depends on what you're wanting. For NT studies, DSS is far more relevant than Talmud. For studies of later Judaism (medieval and post-medieval), the opposite is true. This recent thread has a helpful discussion on the NT question: Can someone help me
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Fri, Sep 28 2018
  • Re: Messianic Jews Question

    [quote user="DAL"] Can anyone point to a good resource to learn about Messianic Jews that meet in synagogues on Saturday and Sunday? I have a friend that left Christianity to follow his Hebrew/Jewish roots (Even though he’s not a Jew). Here are some of the things he’s emphasizing that he just learned: 1. Everybody can serve Elohim because
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Thu, Sep 20 2018
  • Re: Can someone help me learn how to use these resources? :)(Jewish studies)

    [quote] If I understand right the Mishnah is NOT included in either of the Talmud I have and the collection is focused on "Rabbinic Judaism" which is very different from the Second Temple Judaism that influenced the NT. If this is true I wonder if returning the set and buying the Mishnah and the" Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism " separately would
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Thu, Sep 20 2018
  • Re: Can someone help me learn how to use these resources? :)(Jewish studies)

    [quote user="Mike Tourangeau"] Thank you for your help. I guess where I am confused is....Is the Talmud the Mishnah? I know I am woefully illiterate on this subject :/ [/quote] No, they are 2 separate works. The Mishnah came first, in late Second Century CE. It was Rabbi Judah Ha-Nasi (the Prince), the unofficial leader of the last remaining Pharisees
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Wed, Sep 19 2018
  • Re: Can someone help me learn how to use these resources? :)(Jewish studies)

    [quote user="Mike Tourangeau"] I am not familiar with Jewish literature (Talmud etc) but I want to be. So to this end I purchased the Jewish Studies XL package for a great deal. Now I would like to learn how the Jews understood the giving of the Torah and angels. ( Acts 7:38 + Vs 53) ( Gal 3:19 ) What set me off on it was the author of Hebrews showing
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Wed, Sep 19 2018
  • Re: Question about pastoral and exegetical value of top commentaries

    [quote user="Mark Barnes"] [quote user="David Staveley"]Couldn’t agree more. So, your point is what precisely?[/quote] There's an inherent paradox in your position, which is arguing (1) that the methodology of the NT writers' was the same as their fellow Jews, but (2) the results of that exegesis was radically different. In your initial reply
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Fri, Aug 10 2018
  • Re: Question about pastoral and exegetical value of top commentaries

    [quote user="Mark Barnes"] [quote user="David Staveley"]As for what to do with historical-critical commentaries and making them relevant for today's Church, I would point out that the New Testament writers practised a Christian form of pesher interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures, where the historical context in which the biblical books were originally
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Fri, Aug 10 2018
  • Re: Question about pastoral and exegetical value of top commentaries

    [quote user="EastTN"] [quote user="David Staveley"] ... Thus, there is very little attempt at theology in them. It is entirely an historical-critical pursuit. ... [/quote] I think that's what people are saying when they suggest most Evangelicals won't find these commentaries especially helpful for preaching purposes. For Evangelicals, preaching is an
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Fri, Aug 10 2018
  • Re: Question about pastoral and exegetical value of top commentaries

    [quote user="Mattillo"] [quote user="Mark Barnes"] [quote user="Rokas"]some of the Hermeneia, Anchor Yale, ICC and Library commentaries are listed as top commentaries - could you please inform me on their usefulness for sermon preparation? [/quote] It rather depends on your theological persuasion. As an evangelical I rarely find the Anchor or Hermeneia
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Thu, Aug 9 2018
  • Re: Tablets

    [quote user="James McAdams"] [quote user="David Staveley"] I think you will find the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 trumps any iPad. The principle reason for this is obviously because Android is open source and you don't have to Jailbreak your device in order to install content of your choice onto it. This is why Android is the front runner in the OS wars and
    Posted to General by David Staveley on Sat, Jul 14 2018
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