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From Dr. Creasy's Introduction: Deuteronomy receives its English title from a Greek mistranslation of the Hebrew in Deuteronomy 17:18, “repetition of the Law” or  “second Law.”  Like the Book of Numbers, the Hebrew title better reflects Deuteronomy’s content and character:  ‘elleh haddebarim, “These are the words”; or more simply, debarim, “words.”  Drawing on the first words of Deuteronomy 1:1, the title offers more than a simple description of the book’s contents; it offers a striking insight into the character of Moses himself and into the nature of God’s covenant relationship with the Israelites. Read More

Welcome to An Introduction to the Old Testament, our first “Pop-Up Course” in the Logos catalogue of courses.  Each ”Pop-Up Course” will consist of four lessons, each approximately 1-hour.  ​​   For An Introduction to the Old Testament, those lessons will be:​​ What is the Old Testament, and How Did We Get It?​ The Pentateuch and the Historical books​ The Poetical books; and​ The Prophets.   Each lesson is delivered online, so you can listen to the lessons anywhere, at any time.  In addition, for more in-depth study, each “Pop-Up Course” includes hundreds of pages of supplements with text, photos and satellite maps, as well as an extensive “Recommended Reading” list.    For any questions, email online@logosbiblestudy.com Read More

Dr. Bill Creasy teaches through the entire Bible!In addition to the 77 audio lessons included in The Bible: An Introduction, this course includes: 30 award-winning video "Bible Blast" lessons supplementary written material access to "Virtual Office Hours" with Dr. Creasy, and more! SAMPLE: Listen to Lesson 1, "Introduction to the Bible"What students are saying:   "Best audio Bible study out there. Creasy strikes the right balance between explaining facts, applying the Bible's lesson to daily life and making it interesting. He's crazy smart on understanding every detail within the Bible."   "This is by far the best overview of the Bible I have ever encountered. Dr. Creasy takes you on an epic journey that can help you understand the bible as a narrative, a story, and most importantly helps you follow the story of salvation."   "one of the finest Bible teaching courses you can listen to"   "So much content.... I am closer and deeper in my faith."   "I found myself fascinated by and thirsty for each new chapter! Dr. Creasy gives life to the Bible and a meaning and relevance I've never had before! What a blessing it has been in my life!!"   "an incredibly fascinating look at the Bible through a historical lens. It kept my interest hour after hour. I would highly recommend it to the Bible scholar and Bible novice alike." Read More

Your introduction to Logos Bible Study, Dr. Bill Creasy, and the Online Classroom! For many years as a UCLA English Department faculty member, Dr. Bill Creasy taught a year-long, 12-unit undergraduate course, The English Bible as Literature.  It became one of the most popular and highly-rated courses at UCLA, placing Dr. Creasy among the top two percent of UCLA’s teaching faculty.  ​ Dr. Creasy teaches at the Garden of GethsemaneSee Logos Travel for upcoming adventures! Logos Bible Study grew out of that UCLA class.  In 1989 he was asked to teach verse-by-verse through the entire Bible at a local parish in Los Angeles, and the UCLA class served as the basis for that 7-year program.  By 2000 Dr. Creasy was teaching over 5,000 people weekly at parishes and churches throughout Southern California and Arizona, in addition to continuing as a full-time faculty member at UCLA.  Dr. Creasy designed each course in the Online Classroom to meet all the standards for 3 units of university academic credit.  Consequently, for all Logos online courses the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, through the Office for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministry, recognizes Logos online courses for recertification credit for Catholic school teachers and catechists:  your diocese, church, college or university may grant academic or continuing education credit, as well. Logos Bible Study’s goal is two-fold:    To create “educated readers” of Scripture who are fully equipped to engage the text in its proper historical, cultural and literary context and to reflect accurately the teaching and tradition of the Church; and​   To bring students into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Christ. Enjoy this introductory lesson, and when you finish unlock a 20% discount on your first enrollments in the Online Classroom! ​ ​ Read More

Genesis speaks of beginnings:  God’s creation; the beginning of humanity; the beginning of sin; the beginning of salvation; and the beginning of our story.  It is a literary tour de force that makes all other creation stories pale in comparison.    The opening scene spans Chapters 1: 1 - 2: 3.  In this scene God creates all that is, simply by speaking it into existence.  During the first half of creation, God creates space:  on the first day he creates light, and he separates the light from darkness; on the second day, he creates earth and sky, and he separates them from one another; and on the third day he moves the waters on earth to expose dry ground.    During the second half of creation, God fills the spaces he has created:  on the second half of the third day, he fills the dry ground with vegetation; on the fourth day, he fills the sky with sun, moon and stars; on the fifth day, he fills the waters on earth with fish, and the sky above with birds; and on the sixth day he fills the ground with animals.  Closing day six, God creates humanity—the subject of our story.  And on the seventh day, God rests, his creation complete, perfect and “very good.”   Like William Blake’s “Ancient of Days” kneeling on a cloud and marking out creation with a compass, we view the opening chapter of Genesis from a divine perspective:  all is symmetry, balance and harmony...   William Blake.  “Ancient of Days,” Europe a Prophecy, copy K (relief etching with hand coloring), 1794.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University.   But there is much more to the story! This is Dr. Creasy's definitive teaching of Genesis, and it lays the foundation for everything to come. Read More

The Hebrew canon divides scripture into three categories:  Law, Prophets and Writings.  In this arrangement, Joshua heads “The Prophets,” with Judges following second, while Ruth is placed in “The Writings.”  In the Christian canon, however, Joshua, Judges and Ruth follow sequentially, continuing the linear narrative that begins in Genesis and extends through Esther.  Although written by different authors at different times, Joshua, Judges and Ruth function together, continuing the on-going story.  From this perspective, Joshua and Judges fit seamlessly together, while Ruth is a recapitulation to the “time when the Judges ruled” (Ruth 1:1).   The book of Joshua received its name from its principle character, and the Talmud tells us that “Joshua wrote his own book,” although Talmudic tradition suggests that Eleazar, Aaron’s son, recorded the death of Joshua in the book’s final chapter, and Phinehas, Eleazar’s son, recorded the death of his father.  During medieval times, the Jewish scholar, Abrabanel, proposed that Samuel wrote Joshua, believing that the recurring expression “until this day” indicates a considerable lapse of time between the events in the story and its writing.    Judges draws its name from the fact that several of its main characters are said to have “judged” Israel, although the Hebrew verb (sopetim) has a much wider semantic range than the strictly judicial function of modern times.  Better translated “ruler” or “leader” than “judge,” the thirteen judges in our narrative lead Israel during times of national crisis.  The Talmud identifies Samuel as the author of Judges, although one could certainly argue that Judges is an anthology of several separate stories, compiled at a later time.   Like Joshua, Ruth draws its title from its principle character, and the Talmud attributes authorship to Samuel.  Modern scholarship, of course, takes issue with the traditional authorship, but there is little compelling evidence supporting anyone else.   Joshua, Judges and Ruth take us into a tumultuous time in Israel’s history.  After four hundred years of slavery, the Exodus and a grueling forty years in the wilderness, a new generation, born into and hardened by the wilderness experience, is poised to invade and conquer the Promised Land.  The job requires strict obedience to God’s command and a ruthless determination to follow God’s lead.  In Joshua, the Israelites begin the conquest at Jericho, totally destroying everything and everyone in the city, and they spread the invasion into the central mountain range, and then to the north, south and coastal plain.  By the end of the book, the land is subdued and allocated to its new inhabitants.  Joshua is a book of conquest.   Judges is a book of settlement.  At this point in our story, Israel is no more than a loose confederation of twelve tribes, each living life in rather isolated tribal territories bounded by mountains, rivers and valleys, having little to do with one another.  When outside forces threaten, the tribes coalesce and a leader—or judge—emerges to fight off the threat.  Once it is subdued, the tribes revert back to a loose confederation.  All the while, however, as one generation succeeds another, the leaders become weaker and the people more corrupt, until the final, terrible story of the Levite from the hill country of Ephraim and his concubine triggers the slaughter—and near-extermination—of the entire tribe of Benjamin by their brother Israelites.  Indeed, “in those days Israel had no king, and everyone did that which was right in his own eyes.”  In a time of political, economic and religious chaos, the Israelites have become worse that the people who were in the land to begin with, and as readers we can only ask: “What happened to the theme of redemption introduced in Genesis 12?”   Ruth answers the question.  Back “in the days when the judges ruled,” there was Naomi, Ruth and Boaz.  In sharp contrast to Joshua and Judges, Ruth presents the greatest love story in the Scripture, the love between Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi, and the love between Ruth and her suitor, Boaz.  When we leave the book of Judges and look back over our shoulder, we see a charred, smoking and bloody landscape, reeking of death and destruction.  But if we look closely, we see a flash of light in the muck, the sparkle of a diamond in the mire:  Ruth.  Only four chapters long, Ruth moves us from the dark days of the judges to the bright light of a new dawn.  For the great love story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz leads us to the birth of Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of king David.  At the end of Ruth we are on the cusp, poised between chaos and Camelot.    Read More

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