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Six Discourses on the Miracles of our Saviour and Defences of his Discourses

By Thomas Woolston
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  • Book Code : 0486119009
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 135
  • Pdf File: the-philosophy-of-history.pdf

Book Short Summary:

One of the great classics of Western thought develops concept that history is not chance but a rational process, operating according to the laws of evolution, and embodying the spirit of freedom.

A Survey of the New Testament

By Robert H. Gundry
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Book Code : 0310559286
  • Total of Pages : 560
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 330
  • Pdf File: a-survey-of-the-new-testament.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The 4th edition of this widely used guide to reading and interpreting the New Testament This revised edition of Gundry's survey of the New Testament goes beyond providing background information and technical introductory material and leads students to read the New Testament itself. Whenever possible general questions of introduction and background are tied to assigned readings covering the entire New Testament. In addition, comments on these readings help students with interpretation and follow the flow of thought from one passage to another. Features include: * New design with four-color format and more photos and improved maps * Chapters begin with list, of study goals and end with summary, overview and of people, places, terms to remember, and review questions * Outlines, section headings, subheadings, and bolded items make it easy to follow structure of discussion * Phonetic pronunciations for unfamiliar names and terms * Breakouts with illustrative quotes from ancient, nonbiblical literature * Discussion questions on the contemporary relevance of the New Testament * Updated bibliographies * Conservative evangelical theological perspective also notes other positions and literature