A collection of letters between a pastor and people of all ages and circumstances who are struggling with big questions in life—free will, the truth of the Bible, and finding peace. Subjects are presented in a straightforward manner, with a focus on breaking down misconceptions and fallacies that have crept into people’s thoughts about the Bible, to reveal the intent and meaning of Scripture. This text combats difficult issues that apply to both Christians and non-Christians alike.
This book is the product of more than thirty years of pre and post marriage counseling. It uses the Small Catechism as an outline for addressing the many and various aspects of relationships with biblical texts. It includes preliminary materials that seek to ensure productive counseling for those considering marriage or those already married. There is a Workbook companion to help couples focus and reflect on this study. The format and material are fit for individual study, youth groups, High School and College classrooms, and Adult Bible studies.
Was David a good man ruined by the negative influence of the evil villain Joab or was David himself the villain who cast his dark shadow wrongfully over Joab? The depth and complexity of David’s character are more clearly observed and appreciated through this careful reading of the texts describing Joab as his foil. This book provides a wealth of information regarding character studies, a new perspective on David, and a groundbreaking study of Joab. Courses in biblical studies, especially literary or historical, will find this text most helpful.
This study is part of the LifeLight Bible study series of in-depth studies of Bible books. The goal of LifeLight is that through a regular program of in-depth personal and group study of Scripture, more and more Christian adults may grow in their personal faith in Jesus Christ. The Enrichment Magazine includes student leaflets embedded in the middle, allowing the instructor to easily remove the student leaflets to pass out each week. It also includes historical background and current articles that relate to the lessons. James and Jude include: Dealing with Trials and Temptations; Listening and Responding; Faith in Action; Taming the Tongue; Dealing with Conflict; Manipulated by Money; Patience; Contending for the Truth; Dealing with Scoffers.
Called to Be God’s People is an introduction to the Old Testament designed for those who wish to have a comprehensive guide to the contents, theology, and important passages of the Old Testament. Written from a Lutheran perspective, this book is especially designed for those within that tradition and others who seek a guide to the canonical books of the Old Testament that consciously presents the Scriptures’ message of Law and Gospel as well as the traditional Christian messianic understanding of Moses and the Prophets that points to Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel. The text dealing with Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, and 1-2 Chronicles were provided by Dr. Eschelbach. The abridged edition contains the same text as the full edition but does not include indices and other more specialized details for more scholarly work.
Apocalypse How? is a method for understanding the Revelation to St. John by way of translation. This manuscript approaches the text in four columns; the Greek text (for reference), the author’s translation of the Greek to present the text as an original reader would see it, the author’s translation of the text as the original reader would have understood it, and notes that explain the change from “as seen” to “as understood.” This text is not a commentary, rather it seeks to reduce the need for commentaries.
This manuscript contains the author’s answers to questions collected from students of his New Testament classes over the years. The text is arranged by book, chapter, and verse. This book is filled with a multitude of questions from simple to complex, from ordinary to profound. Unlike commentaries, this text confines itself to the biblical texts that inevitably generate questions that need answers.
Notes for Malachi and Philippians were written by Dr. Eschelbach.