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Strange Scriptures: Deciphering 52 Weird, Bizarre, and Curious Verses from the New Testament (Hardcover)


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By Chris Palmer, Nathan Finochio (Foreword by)


What's that Scripture mean?

Ever asked yourself this question when you're reading through the Bible? We all have. Whether we've been saved a long time or are just beginning to follow Christ, there are portions of Scripture that go over our heads. They're puzzling. Odd. Complicated. Strange.
  • What's baptism on behalf of the dead? (1 Corinthians 15:29)
  • Wasn't it rude for Jesus to call a woman a dog? (Mark 7:27)
  • If Jesus is eternal, why is he called the firstborn? (Colossians 1:15)
  • How can we do greater works than Christ? (John 14:12)
Scriptures like these are not preached from the pulpit as commonly as our favorite texts. You rarely hear about them in your small group Bible study. And it's definitely not easy to explain what they mean.
Think of it like this: if the Bible were an apple orchard, the Scriptures we're most familiar with are like the luscious Honeycrisp. They're our favorites. Like, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" and "Love never fails."

But strange Scriptures are more like an unripe Granny Smith. There's juice in it, all right, but if you want meaning and life application, you have to do a whole lot more squeezing. That's where Strange Scriptures comes in. Within each short study, author Chris Palmer has aimed to represent scholarship, Greek exegesis, and life application to bring forth a full-bodied study to nourish your soul.

About the Author

The Rev. Chris Palmer is the founder and pastor of Light of Today Church in Novi, Michigan, and founder of Chris Palmer Ministries. He is host of the popular podcast, Greek for the Week, seen on several Internet platforms. Chris began in full-time ministry in 2006 and began to preach internationally in 2009, helping many congregations grow, flourish, and expand. His desire for missions is to train and educate pastors, encourage congregations, support the vision of local church, and show the love of God to the culture. For over a decade, he has worked successfully with both traditional churches and the underground and persecuted church in more than forty nations throughout the world, including Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean. An adjunct professor at Moody Bible Institute, Chris earned a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from North Central University and an M.A. in Exegetical Theology, magna cum laude, from Moody Theological Seminary. He is a sought-after Greek scholar for his ability to make God's Word come alive from the Greek in a unique way. Chris is often invited to present Greek and hermeneutics workshops at Bible and ministry schools. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Apocalyptic Studies at the University of Wales, Bangor. His books include Greek Word Study: 90 Ancient Words That Unlock Scripture, Letters from Jesus: Studies from the Seven Churches of Revelation, Living as a Spirit: Hearing the Voice of God on Purpose, The 85 Questions You Ask When You Begin a Relationship with God, The Believer's Journey, and Escaping the Haunting Past: A Handbook for Deliverance. His articles have been published by Charisma, CBN, Crosswalk, and elsewhere.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781641236850
ISBN-10: 164123685X
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication Date: August 31st, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English