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These are at various stages, some are complete as notes but lack the tape sets, others were taught at a local bible college but need re-editing for distance study. Please enquire if you are interested in studying them or having them taught at your church or class.

APPROACHING THE BIBLE

Word in the Wilderness - food in the desert
A love of the Truth (2 Thessalonians 2.10)
A heart to know the Scriptures, road to Emmaus
Jewish views on study as the highest form of worship
Christ centred Bible Interpretation
Context & Pretext, Literal & Spiritual

THE UNITY OF THE TWO TESTAMENTS

Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 20-22 compared
Heretical attempts to abandon the Old Testament e.g., Marcion, Delitzsch, Hegel
Grace in the Old Testament
Judgement in the New Testament
Love in the Old Testament
Law in the New Testament

THE LAW & THE COMMANDMENTS

Introduction, relevance and Torah word study
The Law before Moses - Did the Patriarchs keep the Law?
The Giving of the Law - Sinai & Pentecost, to all nations or Israel only?
The Ten Commandments
The Greatest Commandment - or How many commandments?
The Heart of the Law (Leviticus) & The Law in the Heart (Jeremiah)
Jesus & the Law - Matthew 5.17-18 etc.
Oral & Written, Heavy & Light?
The Sermon on the Mount - New commandments or old?
Paul and the Law (Romans etc) - Which law?
Is Christ the 'end' of the Law?
The other NT writers and the Law
Acts 15, the early church and the Law; does the law have a future?

BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION

Whetting the appetite, Jewish & Hebraic keys to interpreting Scripture
Adding one thing to another - rock & stone
Skipping - linking verses
Chaining - more linked verses
Parallelism: Applications and Implications
Parallelism: chiasmus

JEWISH FEASTS & CHRISTIAN WORSHIP

Overview of the Jewish feasts: joy and freedom/Passover
The Lord's Supper, agape meal and worship
Pentecost: Word and Spirit together
Sabbath and/or Sunday
Christmas & Easter
All Saints/Souls etc

JEWISH PARABLES & JESUS' PARABLES

Parables in the Old Testament
Rabbinic parables
Rabbinic parallels to Jesus' parables
Why Jesus' taught in parables
The Parable of the sower
Other Parables of Jesus

HEBREW THOUGHT

Why Hebrew?
Hebrew attitude to Scripture & History
Hebrew language of salvation
Unitary nature of man - body & mind
Hebrew view of family & community
Hebrew view of sacred vs secular
Hebrew insights into the New Testament
The simplicity of learning Hebrew

HEBREW WORD STUDIES

dabar - 'word, power, act, thing...'
torah - 'law, instruction, revelation'
lebab - 'heart, mind'
y'shua - 'salvation, deliverance, freedom'
shalom - 'peace, wholeness, friendship'
tsedeq - 'righteousness, justice'
sowd - 'secret, council, recline, cushion'
chesed - 'grace, zeal, favour, mercy'
emunah - 'faith, truth, steady, faithfulness'
shama - 'hear, heed, understand, obey'
ruach - 'spirit, wind, breath'
nephesh - 'soul, person, being'
basar - 'flesh'
darash - 'seek, study'
mizbeach - 'altar, sacrifice'
rosh - 'head, chief, source'
shanan/shanah - 'repetition, sharpness'
deleth/pethach - 'door, open, well, poverty...'

STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY/END TIMES

Motives, approaches, principles, terminology of study
Chronology of History & Revelation: 7 feasts, churches, seals, creation week perspective
Israel: why Israel? will Israel be restored?
End Time Church: remant or triumphant?
The Rapture?
The Millenium/Revelation 20
2 Witnesses, AntiChrist, 2nd coming, new earth

THE EARLY WRITING PROPHETS

The Early Writing Prophets - Introduction
Jonah
Amos
Isaiah
Hosea
Micah

THE LATER PROPHETS

Habakkuk
Zechariah
Malachi
Obadiah

HEARING GOD'S VOICE

God speaks / especially to you!
Characteristics of a true disciple
How God speaks
Testing what you hear
How you hear - 3 main channels
Lessons from the prophets

STUDIES IN GENESIS 1

The authorship of Genesis defended
Creation stories compared
The Fall - literal?
The Flood
The curse on Canaan (chapter 9)
Abraham's faith and faithfulness

THE PERSON OF CHRIST

Virgin Birth
Incarnation
Jesus the Man
Jesus the Lord & God
Lamb of God
Jesus the Judge

NEW TESTAMENT EPISTLES: JAMES

Introduction
James 1-5

NEW TESTAMENT EPISTLES: PETER & JUDE

Introduction
1 Peter
2 Peter
Jude

APOLOGETICS

Don't apologise, apologetics and apologists
Reason & Faith and/or Signs & Wonders?
Argument from Prophecy
Argument from the Resurrection
Argument from Creation
What is the Gospel?

CREATION & EVOLUTION

Nothing new under the Sun (nothing 'old' either!)
Early Evolutionary Philosophy - Epicurus & the Stoics (Acts 17)
Judaism and Creation
The Early Church & Creation
The age of the earth
The long ages of man
Dinosaurs and dragons

THE DIFFICULT WORDS OF JESUS - SERIES 1&2

"hear ... and not understand ... lest they ... turn and I heal them" (Matthew 13.13-15, Mark 4.11-12, Luke 8.10)
"whoever says 'you fool' shall be liable to hell fire" (Matthew 5.22)
"pluck out your right eye" (Matthew 5.29)
good eye and evil eye (Matthew 6.22)
sell all your possessions (Mark 10.21, Luke 12.33)
the camel and the eye of the needle (Matthew 19.24, Mark 10.25, Luke 18.25)
greater than John the Baptist (Luke 7.28, Matthew 11.11)
violent entry to the kingdom (Matthew 11.12, Luke 16.16)
do not go to the gentiles (Matthew 10.5-6)
let the children first be fed (Mark 7.27)
hate your parents (Luke 14.26, Matthew 10.37)
call no man your father (Matthew 23.9)
let the dead bury their dead (Matthew 8.22, Luke 9.60)
this generation will not pass away (Matthew 24.34, Mark 13.30)
"I come to hurl fire into the earth...but I have a baptism to undergo" (Luke 12:49-50)
"not peace but a sword" (Matthew 10.34; Luke 12.51)
let him who has no sword buy one (Luke 22.36)
to whoever has more will be given (Matthew 13.12, Mark 4.25; Luke 8.18; 19.26)
If you will receive it John is Elijah (Matthew 11.14)
where the carcass is the eagles gather (Matthew 24.28, Luke 17.37)
"today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43)
"I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven" (Luke 10.18)
donkey and colt (Matthew 21.2.-7, Mark 11.2, Luke 19.30)
2 men or 1 (demoniacs: Matthew 8.28-34, Mark 5.21, Luke 8.27)
2 men or 1 (blind men: Matthew 9.27, Mark 8.22-23; Matthew 20.30, Mark 10.46)
divorce/remarriage (Matthew 5.32; 19.3-9, Mark 10.2-12
eunuchs for the kingdom (Matthew 19.12)
the sin against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3.28-29, Luke 12.10)
Binding and loosing (Matthew 16.19)
The Green Tree (Matthew 17.12; 25.40,45; Luke 23.31)

THE NATURE OF MAN

Tripartite?
Body & Flesh
Soul
Spirit
Mortal & Immortal
Original Sin?

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

The Church in the Old Testament
The Church in Matthew
The Church in the New Testament
Church and synagogue
The Early Church
The Established Church

WOMEN’S WRITES/RIGHTS: THE MINISTRY AND ROLE OF WOMEN

Women in the Old Testament
Women in Judaism
Women and Jesus
Women in the New Testament Epistles
Women in the early church writers
Women in post-Nicene church

THE GODHEAD

The names of God
The theophanies of Jesus in the OT
The hints at trinity & person of the Holy Spirit in the OT
The Deity of Jesus in the New Testament
The Unity of God
The Development of Trinity in the early church

POPES, PRIESTS, PROPHETS & PASTORS

Priests
Prophets
Pastors
Teachers
Apostles
Popes

EARLY CHURCH PRACTICE

Leadership and function in the early church: fivefold ministry, elders, deacons, bishops, readers etc
Worship & Liturgy
Charismata & Miracles
Scripture & Canon
Ethics, military service, theatres, abortion
Social Action, wealth & poverty

EARLY CHURCH WRITERS

Didache
Clement
Ignatius
Hermas
Diognetus
Barnabas

LATER CHURCH WRITERS

Irenaeus
Tertullian
Origen
Cyprian
Augustine
Jerome

PSEUDEPIGRAPHA

Introduction
Enoch
Jubilees
Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
Testament of Abraham, Job
Miscellaneous: Life of Adam and Eve, Assumption of Moses…

EARLY JEWISH LITERATURE

Targumim
Dead Sea Scrolls
Philo
Josephus
Pirqe Aboth – Sayings of the Fathers
Mishnah

LATER JEWISH LITERATURE

Midrash
Talmud
Tosephta
Kabbalah
Medieval commentators
Modern Chumash & Haphtorah editions

BIBLE DOCTRINE OR CHURCH DOGMA

Immortality of the Soul
Original Sin
Submission and Covering
Spiritual Warfare
Infant Baptism
Once Saved, Always Saved

BIBLE PARADOXES

Faith & Works
Predestination & Freewill
Judgement & Grace
God & Man
Prosperity & Suffering
Saved & being Saved

JERUSALEM IN PROPHECY & THE PURPOSES OF GOD - MADNESS AND MURDER IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The history of Jerusalem and its place in God’s purposes

LEVITICUS - THE HEART OF THE LAW & THE LAW IN THE HEART

Is Leviticus just a book of codes or does it contain something more eternal? Why, in the Bible Code do the rest of the books of the Pentateuch all point to Leviticus?