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SkyLight Biblical Studies Collection (4 vols.)

Format: Digital
, 2004–2007


In these volumes from the Skylight Illuminations series, expert scholars provide accessible translations and probing commentary on the history, context, and meaning of biblical texts. In The End of Days: Essential Selections from Apocalyptic Texts, Robert G. Clouse surveys the major Christian positions on the end times. In The Hidden Gospel of Matthew, Ron Miller uncovers the source material behind Matthew’s Gospel, revealing its similarities to the gnostic Gospel of Thomas. In The Sacred Writings of Paul, Miller explains how this often misunderstood figure held revolutionary ideas that are still relevant today. Finally, Teresa Hornsby’s Sex Texts from the Bible gathers major biblical passages on human sexuality, and considers how those ancient texts might still apply to contemporary life.

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Key Features

  • Addresses key issues in biblical studies
  • Presents expert scholarship on eschatology, the Bible’s view on sexuality, and biblical texts
  • Includes accessible translations and probing commentary

Product Details

Individual Titles

The End of Days: Essential Selections from Apocalyptic Texts—Annotated & Explained

  • Author: Robert G. Clouse
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 224

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Christian concepts of the end times involve complex beliefs that have developed over the centuries. They range from popular ideas about the rapture when believers will be swept up to meet Christ in the air, to suspicions about the Antichrist who will deceive and enslave the world, to teachings about the millennium when Christ himself will return victoriously to reign in peace for a thousand years. Christians have disagreed, sometimes violently, on exactly how and when these events will occur—or whether they will occur at all.

With insightful and broad knowledge of the historical, religious, and contemporary contexts of these writings, distinguished scholar Robert G. Clouse guides you through the fascinating and intricate world of apocalyptic literature. He examines key verses from Christian and Hebrew scriptures; visionary writings from Augustine and other church fathers; accounts of radical millennial movements of the 1600s; bold sermons from preachers such as Jonathan Edwards and Dwight L. Moody; and popular books circulating in our own day, including 1970s prophecy sensation The Late Great Planet Earth and the mega-bestselling Left Behind novels. Clouse’s accessible commentary explains the apocalyptic writings for you, even if you have no previous knowledge of Christian teachings on the end times.

A must-read for serious students of our world and of the Bible.

Donald K. Campbell, president emeritus, Dallas Theological Seminary

Masterful. . . . A fine resource for the careful student.

Homer Kent, president emeritus, Grace College and Theological Seminary

Robert G. Clouse (b. 1931) is professor emeritus at Indiana State University. He was the editor of The Meaning of the Millennium and is the author of The Church in an Age of Orthodoxy and Enlightenment, 1600–1800.

The Hidden Gospel of Matthew: Annotated & Explained

  • Author: Ron Miller
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 272

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Matthew’s Gospel is the first book of the New Testament, visible to all the world for almost 2,000 years—but there is something hidden beneath its surface. It wasn’t written at one time by one person—it is an edited document, bringing together different sources of tradition. The Hidden Gospel of Matthew: Annotated and Explained takes readers deep into the text to find the words and events that have the strongest connection to the historical Jesus. Ron Miller reveals the underlying story of Matthew to readers, giving them a full appreciation of the book’s message, uncovering a portrait of Jesus that at times resembles the gnostic Christ and sage teacher of the Gospel of Thomas more than it does traditional Christianity.

Ron Miller is the chair of the religion department at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. He is the author of many books and articles, including The Gospel of Thomas: A Guidebook for Spiritual Practice and Healing the Jewish-Christian Rift: Growing Beyond Our Wounded History.

The Sacred Writings of Paul: Selections Annotated & Explained

  • Author: Ron Miller
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 224

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The Apostle Paul, who wrote many of the books in the New Testament, was a fearless and revolutionary religious innovator. In a society where slaveholding was commonplace and women were little more than servants, he preached a groundbreaking equality founded on a new spiritual identity. In an imperial political system that demanded unquestioning allegiance, Paul told his readers they were citizens of heaven. Yet Paul diverged from many of Jesus’ own teachings about the world and God’s kingdom, and his writings have been used to justify slavery, defend violence toward women, and vilify followers of other religious paths.

With fresh translations from the original Greek and insightful yet unobtrusive commentary, Ron Miller guides you through the complexities of Paul’s writings. He explores Paul’s limitations and sometimes harmful legacy, but also highlights his deep connection with God’s Spirit. This connection led to Paul’s penetrating insights on how to live a life filled with spiritual vigor, experience profound joy even in the face of trouble, and understand the fundamental power of love to overcome any obstacle. Whether you are familiar with Paul’s writings or have no previous knowledge of them, this SkyLight Illuminations volume will help you experience the power of Paul’s words for yourself.

Brings Paul to life for the twenty-first-century reader.

Adela Yarbro Colins, Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale University Divinity School

A perceptive account of one of [Christianity’s] greatest figures. . . . Illuminates Paul’s deep spirituality.

Andrew Phillip Smith, author, The Lost Sayings of Jesus: Teachings from Ancient Christian, Jewish, Gnostic and Islamic Sources—Annotated & Explained

Ron Miller is the chair of the religion department at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. He is the author of many books and articles, including The Gospel of Thomas: A Guidebook for Spiritual Practice and Healing the Jewish-Christian Rift: Growing Beyond Our Wounded History.

Sex Texts from the Bible: Selections Annotated & Explained

  • Author: Teresa Hornsby
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 208

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For some people, the Bible’s perspectives on sex seem too one-dimensional or antiquated to apply to modern-day life. Others may hold up the Bible as the ultimate moral guideline when it comes to human sexuality. A close reading of the Bible reveals that while its rules and lessons about sex may not be applicable to all people at all times, this sacred scripture does offer surprising insight into our modern sexual lives. This intriguing guide demystifies the Bible, synthesizing basic historical, theological, literary, and linguistic ideas about the Bible’s texts with our modern attitudes about sex.

Thoughtful new translation and provocative commentary bridge the divide between biblical authority and our present-day views on gender roles, marriage, sexual orientation, virginity, lust, and sexual pleasure. Drawing from Hebrew and Christian Scripture, it examines the ways the language of religion and the language of sex intersect. Now you can discover what the Bible says about sex with no previous background in theology or religious history. Teresa Hornsby offers insightful and engaging commentary that explains the historical context and religious worldviews of those who wrote the Bible as well as the role their perspectives play in current social debates. You will be encouraged to form your own opinion about what the Bible has to say about sex and gain a deeper understanding of your own sexuality.

Teresa Hornsby is associate professor of religion at Drury University and is the director of Drury’s Women and Gender Studies Program. She is a popular teacher, speaker, and media consultant.