As a legacy of the Soviet Union, many Central Asian Muslim peoples spoke and read Russian as their first language. If you gave them Scripture in their national language, they would accept it, but they couldn’t read it. But if you offered the Bible in Russian, which they could read, they would refuse it, because in the popular mind, the “Bibliya” is a Holy Book only for Russian people. How could we reach this Russian-speaking Muslim population, estimated at over 26 million people?
In appealing to the testimony of Scripture, Christians have largely agreed that there is no more foundational statement regarding the Bible’s ontological identity than this: Holy Scripture is the Word of God (Sacra Scriptura est Verbum Dei). This correlation is commonly referred to as the ‘Scripture Principle’. It is, in fact, this principle that undergirds the above conviction that Scripture is the primary theological source.
How could David best thank God for His intervention in his behalf? How could he let others know how God had delivered him? How could he encourage his fellow Israelites to share in his praise and worship of Almighty God?
Jesus made it clear in his Great Commission that we are to “make disciples” (Matt. 28:18-20). But how is this goal best accomplished? I would like to suggest that biblical discipleship takes place through companionship, preparing leaders to serve the church of Jesus Christ. Discipleship can be simply defined as “companionship in preparation for leadership.” […]
In sum, Daniel Boyarin is a Jewish scholar who has allowed the literature of the Bible and Judaism to speak for itself, even though his conclusions are often opposed to traditional beliefs about Judaism and Christianity. The thirty pages of endnotes are an added bonus, and provide evidence of Boyarin’s careful research of this topic.