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Mobile Ed: Further Investigations into The Unseen Realm
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Mobile Ed: Further Investigations into The Unseen Realm

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Lexham Press 2018

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Overview

The Bible must be interpreted in context to be accurately read and understood. “Context” does not mean any interpretive framework of our time, or any time that came after the era of the biblical writers. Only when we interpret the Bible in light of the context of its original writers and readers can we tap into the originally intended messaging. These three courses situate important themes, concepts, and passages in their original context with the aim of helping students see the importance of original context and how Scripture interprets Scripture.

Individual Titles

The Cosmic Mountain: Intersection of Heaven and Earth

  • Instructor: Michael S. Heiser
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Video Hours: 2

The cosmic mountain is an important metaphor in the Old Testament. People in the ancient Near East thought of mountains as the home of the gods and the place from which the gods issued decrees. The biblical writers shared this worldview but had the cosmos run by the lone, incomparable God of Israel and had human beings, the terrestrial children of God, involved in that activity. Learn how Eden, Sinai, the Tabernacle, the Temple, Zion, and the Church are interconnected by conceptual threads that derive from the cosmic mountain idea.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how ancient Near Eastern thought is important for interpreting the Old Testament
  • Summarize the elements of the cosmic mountain metaphor
  • Describe ways in which Eden, Sinai, the Tabernacle, the Temple, Zion, and the Church are conceptually connected
  • Discuss ways in which biblical writers interpret Scripture and connect ideas

Sons and Daughters of God: The Believer’s Identity, Calling, and Destiny

  • Instructor: Michael S. Heiser
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Video Hours: 2.5

Believers are children of God—a phrase that presumes family. The “children of God” are also called “holy ones” (“saints” in most translations). But these familiar New Testament terms have an Old Testament context that is largely overlooked—the spiritual world of God and his supernatural children. In the Old Testament, “sons of God” and “holy ones” refers to supernatural beings whose Father is God and who work with God to carry out his will. Learn where the metaphor of being in God’s family comes from in the Old Testament and how that informs our sense of identity and mission as believers.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how New Testament theology derives from the Old Testament
  • Summarize the rationale and supernatural context for the family metaphor in the Bible
  • Describe ways in which the image of God informs our identity as children of God and our mission on earth as believers
  • Discuss ways in which biblical writers interpret Scripture and connect ideas

Divine Rebellions

  • Instructor: Michael S. Heiser
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Video Hours: 3

Most Bible students presume that the evil and depravity of our world is to be explained exclusively by the Fall in Genesis 3. An Old Testament Israelite or Jew of Jesus’ day would not share that perspective. They would affirm the Fall as one of three reasons why the world is permeated by evil and sin. Learn about the three divine rebellions of the Old Testament and how a person from the ancient biblical world would understand their impact on the human condition, the work of the messiah, and the struggle of the kingdom of God against the powers of darkness.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how the Bible frames the fallen state of the world as not only the result of human rebellion, but supernatural rebellion
  • Summarize how Jesus the messiah resolves all three rebellions that led to estrangement from God and depravity
  • Describe the distinction between Satan and other groups of evil spirits
  • Discuss ways in which biblical writers interpret Scripture and connect ideas

Product Details

  • Title: Further Investigation Into The Unseen Realm
  • Instructor: Michael S. Heiser
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 3
  • Video Hours: 7.5

About the Instructor

Dr. Michael S. Heiser is a Scholar-in-Residence for Faithlife Corporation, the makers of Logos Bible Software. His varied academic background enables him to operate in the realm of critical scholarship and the wider Christian community. His experience in teaching at the undergraduate level and writing for the layperson both directly contribute to Logos’ goal of adapting scholarly tools for nonspecialists.

Dr. Heiser earned his PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic languages and holds and MA in ancient history and Hebrew studies. He is the coeditor of Old Testament Greek Pseudepigrapha with Morphology and Semitic Inscriptions: Analyzed Texts and English Translations, and can do translation work in roughly a dozen ancient languages, including Biblical Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Ugaritic cuneiform. He also specializes in Israelite religion (especially Israel’s divine council), contextualizing biblical theology with Israelite and ancient Near Eastern religion, Jewish binitarianism, biblical languages, ancient Semitic languages, textual criticism, comparative philology, and Second Temple period Jewish literature. In addition, he was named the 2007 Pacific Northwest Regional Scholar by the Society of Biblical Literature.