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Update to the Essential Greek New Testament for the Absolute Beginner

We have just updated our personal favorite OSNOVA publication, the Essential Greek New Testament for the Absolute Beginner.
 
EGNTThe latest edition of the Essential Greek New Testament for the Absolute Beginner adds a hyperlinked Greek concordance (i.e. the lists of occurrences of all Greek words in the Greek New Testament) to the included Greek Lexicon.  Only a small number of extremely frequent words have a shortened (rather than complete) list of their occurrences.  The concordance will allow you to see the passages in the New Testament where a specific Greek word occurs.
 
As a reminder, this book represents a new approach to the study of the Biblical Greek by allowing an absolute Greek beginner to start “reading” the Greek New Testament from the first day. As such, it is an indispensable resource for those who would like to get a glimpse of the New Testament in the original. The compilation of resources will also be useful to those who have some knowledge of Biblical Greek.

For a limited time only, we set the price to $4.99. Get your copy today.
 
THIS VOLUME CONTAINS A NUMBER OF VALUABLE FEATURES:

  • Parallel Greek-English text for each verse.
  • Each word in the Greek text is hyperlinked to its grammatical information and then to its entry in the Greek lexicon.
  • A list of each word form found in the Greek text identifying the grammatical codes for that form and hyperlinked to the explanation of the code and an entry in the included Greek lexicon.
  • An extensive Greek Lexicon organized by Strong’s numbers. The Lexicon can be accessed in a number of ways (e.g. searching for g9 or agape, using the word frequency list, etc.).
  • A list of over 1,000 most frequent Greek words in the NT and flash cards for the Greek word study. Note that the list of Greek words can be used to navigate the Greek lexicon on devices that do not support the index function (e.g. Kindle Fire).
  • On some Kindle devices, you can use the Direct Verse Jump to find the passage or word in the Lexicon in seconds.  Even without the DVJ, this publication is extremely useful on all portable devices supporting the Kindle application: Android tablets and phones, iPhones and iPads, Kindle Fire, etc.

 

If you already bought this publication on Amazon, you can obtain an updated version for free through the “Manage Your Content and Devices” page on Amazon.com.  If you bought this publication directly from us, please contact us for the updated file.

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Albert Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament

We are happy to announce for Christmas the release of Notes on the New Testament by Albert Barnes for the Kindle.

The best-selling Notes on the New Testament were written over a number of years in 11 volumes by the 19th century American theologian Albert Barnes. They contain evangalical verse-by-verse explanation of the Bible using the King James translation. Charles Spurgeon said of this commentary, “No minister can afford to be without it.”

This OSNOVA Kindle edition contains complete and unabridged text of the Notes in one electronic publication, which is made easy to navigate via a Direct Verse Jump (DVJ) method, an active table of contents, and a cross-reference system between the Notes and the included Bible.

The DVJ works both for the Bible and the Notes, making it easy to open any Bible verse or Notes passage. There are also other navigational aids, described in detail at the beginning of the book. We highly recommend that you take time to read the instructions on how to use this excellent study tool effectively before you dig into the book!

DISCLAIMER: Not all features of this publications are supported on Kindle applications (e.g., Kindle for iPhone, iPad, or PC) or some Kindle models (e.g. original Kindle Fire). This is a limitation imposed by software developed by Amazon and is out of our control.

If you have any questions or concern please email us first at osnova@gmail.com. We want to provide the best service and receive five-star reviews from you!  Please leave positive reviews!

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Diamonds sparkle most amid the darkness…

“Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.” (Psalm 130:1)

This is the Psalmist’s statement and plea: he had never ceased to pray even when brought into the lowest state. The depths usually silence all they engulf, but they could not close the mouth of this servant of the Lord; on the contrary, it was in the abyss itself that he cried unto Jehovah. Beneath the floods prayer lived and struggled; yea, above the roar of the billions rose the cry of faith. It little matters where we are if we can pray; but prayer is never more real and acceptable than when it rises out of the worst places. Deep places beget deep devotion. Depths of earnestness are stirred by depths of tribulation. Diamonds sparkle most amid the darkness. Prayer de profundis gives to God gloria in excelsis. The more distressed we are, the more excellent is the faith which trusts bravely in the Lord, and therefore appeals to him, and to him alone.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Treasury of David

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John Gill’s Bible Commentary by OSNOVA is 40% off!

We have lowered the price on Amazon for one of the greatest Bible Commentaries!

Gill’s Bible Commentary is among the very first verse-by-verse commentaries of the Bible. It is the largest Bible commentary written by a single person.

It was written by the 18th century theologian and Biblical scholar John Gill. The commentary contains two of Gill’s seminal works — the Exposition of the Old Testament and Exposition of the New Testament. These works are full of priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews.

John Gill’s works were among Spurgeon’s personal favorites. He wrote about Gill: “In some respects, he has no superior. He is always worth consulting.”

This OSNOVA Kindle edition has all 9 volumes of the commentary, which are made easy to navigate via a Direct Verse Jump (DVJ), an active table of contents, and a cross-reference system between the commentary and the included KJV Bible.

The DVJ works both for the Bible and the commentary, making it easy to go to any Bible verse or Gill’s commentary. Please note that DVJ is not supported on Kindle Fire and software Kindle apps (Kindle for PC, etc.) but the highly efficient system of hyperlinks has been created for the ease of navigation on those devices.

The 40% discount is offered till May 1st, so go get this excellent Bible study resource before then!

 

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Bible Commentaries For Better Knowledge of the Scriptures

Bible Commentaries are a great tool in studying the Bible. It is not, by any means, a substitute to the reading of the Bible itself, and prayerful digesting and applying it under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And yet the commentaries can prove to be faithful companions in getting a better knowledge of the Scriptures.

“In order to be able to expound the Scriptures, and as an aid to your pulpit studies, you will need to be familiar with the commentators: a glorious army, let me tell you, whose acquaintance will be your delight and profit.
…It seems odd, that certain men who talk so much of what the Holy Spirit reveals to themselves, should think so little of what he has revealed to others. … A respectable acquaintance with the opinions of the giants of the past, might have saved many an erratic thinker from wild interpretations and outrageous inferences.”

~ C. H. Spurgeon, “On Commenting and Commentaries”

On his blog HeadHeartHand, David Murray offers 20 Tips on How to Use Bible Commentaries, which we found very informative and useful. Here are several of those tips:

  • Use them to help you understand grammar and syntax;
  • Use them to confirm or correct your pericope and translation;
  • Use them to highlight unasked questions (and help find answers to such);
  • Use them to find other passages that are related to this one.

Here is our recommendation for Bible Commentaries for Kindle:

The Treasury of David: Commentary on the Psalms by Charles Spurgeon

This book is a magnum opus of an outstanding Christian author and preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who spent many years working on this unparalleled commentary on the Book of Psalms, giving his personal exposition on each verse, enriching it with extracts and quotes from hundreds of Bible commentators of his time as well as the great Puritan expositors of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible

Matthew Henry’s six-volume ‘Exposition of the Old and New Testament’ has long been celebrated as the best of English commentaries of the Bible for devotional purposes. It provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the Bible, covering the whole of the Old Testament and the New Testament, dealing with the Scripture text as presented.

Charles Spurgeon wrote about this commentary, “Every minister ought to read it entirely and carefully through once at least.”

Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown’s Commentary of the Whole Bible

Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown’s Commentary of the Bible remains the preeminent evangelical expository commentary of the Scriptures. It provides verse-by-verse exposition of most Bible passages in insightful, accurate, succinct, and easy to understand articles.

Charles Spurgeon highly praised the JFB Commentary: “It contains so great a variety of information that if a man has no other exposition he would find himself at no great loss if he possessed and used it diligently.”

Exposition of the Old and New Testaments by John Gill

Gill’s Bible Commentary is among the very first verse-by-verse commentaries of the Bible, written by the 18th century theologian and Biblical scholar John Gill. The commentary contains priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews.

John Gill’s works were among Spurgeon’s personal favorites. He wrote about Gill: “In some respects, he has no superior. He is always worth consulting.”

There are a couple of other Bible commentaries that we found useful:

– Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
The MacArthur Bible Commentary

Along with Bible commentaries, we also recommend using the International Standard  Bible Encyclopedia.

 

Do you use Bible commentaries for your Bible studies?

What are your favorite commentaries, either paper copy or electronic?

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Who is Jesus?

The Bible,
from cover to cover,
answers the question,
“Who is this Jesus?”

 

 

 

JESUS: FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION 

In the Old Testament:

– In Genesis, He is the Creator God.

– In Exodus, He is the Redeemer.

– In Leviticus, He is your sanctification.

– In Numbers, He is your guide.

– In Deuteronomy, He is your teacher.

– In Joshua, He is the mighty conqueror.

– In Judges, He gives victory over enemies.

– In Ruth, He is your kinsman, your lover, your redeemer.

– In I Samuel, He is the root of Jesse.

– In 2 Samuel, He is the Son of David.

– In 1 Kings and 2 Kings, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

– In 1st and 2nd Chronicles, He is your intercessor and High Priest.

– In Ezra, He is your temple, your house of worship.

– In Nehemiah, He is your mighty wall, protecting you from your enemies.

– In Esther, He stands in the gap to deliver you from your enemies.

– In Job, He is the arbitrator who not only understands your struggles, but has the power to do something about them.

– In Psalms, He is your song–and your reason to sing.

– In Proverbs, He is your wisdom, helping you make sense of life and live it successfully.

– In Ecclesiastes, He is your purpose, delivering you from vanity..

– In the Song of Solomon, He is your lover, your Rose of Sharon.

– In Isaiah, He is the mighty counselor, the prince of peace, the everlasting father, and more. He’s everything you need.

– In Jeremiah, He is your balm of Gilead, the soothing salve for your sin-sick soul.

– In Lamentations, He is the ever-faithful one upon whom you can depend.

– In Ezekiel, He is your wheel in the middle of a wheel–the one who assures that dry, dead bones will come alive again.

– In Daniel, He is the ancient of days, the ever- lasting God who never runs out of time.

– In Hosea, He is your faithful lover, always beckoning you to come back–even when you have abandoned Him.

– In Joel, He is your refuge, keeping you safe in times of trouble.

– In Amos, He is the husbandman, the one you can depend on to stay by your side.

– In Obadiah, He is Lord of the Kingdom.

– In Jonah, He is your salvation, bringing you back within His will.

– In Micah, He is judge of the nation.

– In Nahum, He is the jealous God.

– In Habakkuk, He is the Holy One.

– In Zephaniah, He is the witness.

– In Haggai, He overthrows the enemies.

– In Zechariah, He is Lord of Hosts.

– In Malachi, He is the messenger of the covenant.

In the New Testament:

– In Matthew, He is king of the Jews.

– In Mark, He is the servant.

– In Luke, He is the Son of Man, feeling what you feel.

– In John, He is the Son of God.

– In Acts, He is Savior of the world.

– In Romans, He is the righteousness of God.

– In I Corinthians, He is the rock that followed Israel.

– In II Corinthians, He the triumphant one, giving victory.

– In Galatians, He is your liberty; He sets you free.

– In Ephesians, He is head of the Church.

– In Philippians, He is your joy.

– In Colossians, He is your completeness.

– In I Thessalonians, He is your hope.

– In II Thessalonians, He is your glory.

– In I Timothy, He is your faith.

– In II Timothy, He is your stability.

– In Titus He is your reason for serving.

– In Philemon, He is your benefactor.

– In Hebrews, He is your perfection.

– In James, He is the power behind your faith.

– In I Peter, He is your example.

– In II Peter, He is your purity.

– In I John, He is your life.

– In II John, He is your pattern.

– In III John, He is your motivation.

– In Jude, He is the foundation of your faith.

– In Revelation, He is your coming King.

 (Post source: Bible Study Planet)

 

Have you discovered who Jesus is for you?
Pick up the Bible and spend some time with Jesus today! 

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John Gill and His Outstanding Commentary of the Bible

John Gill (23 November 1697 – 14 October 1771) was a biblical scholar, pastor, and the first major writing theologian. His two seminal works — the Exposition of the Old Testament and Exposition of the New Testament – compile Gill’s Bible Commentary, which is the largest Bible commentary written by a single person and the first verse-by-verse commentary of the Bible.

John Gill’s works were among Spurgeon’s personal favorites. He wrote about Gill: “In some respects, he has no superior. He is always worth consulting.” Gill’s commentary is full of priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. Continue reading

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Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Coded with Strong’s Concordance Numbers

On the heels of the the Essential Greek New Testament we are releasing another Biblical Greek work: Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament for the Kindle.

The chief work of Joseph Henry Thayer was his translation of Grimm’s Wilke’s Clavis Novi Testamenti (1886; revised 1889) as A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. Thayer spent 25 years working on his Lexicon, and made thousands of revisions from Grimm’s Wilke’s Clavis. Thayer’s Lexicon has been recognized as one of the best New Testament lexicons of Biblical Greek. This edition provides dictionary definitions and nuances of meaning for each word and provides a hyperlink for each word to the included New Testament and the Strong’s number.

 

UPDATE: This New Testament edition can be currently be purchased directly from OSNOVA by request via email. The price is $5.99.

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The Essential Greek New Testament for the Absolute Beginner

We are excited to release the Essential Greek New Testament for the Absolute Beginner (thank you, James, for the title).

This book represents a new approach to the study of the Biblical Greek by allowing an absolute Greek beginner to start “reading” the Greek New Testament from the first day. As such, it will establish itself as an indispensable resource for those who would like to get a glimpse of the New Testament in the original. The compilation of resources will also be useful to those who have some knowledge of Biblical Greek.

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The Greek New Testament For Beginning Readers, Byzantine Textform (with Direct Verse Jump)

OSNOVA™ is pleased to announce the digital publication of Robinson/Pierpont’s The Greek New Testament for Beginning Readers: Byzantine Textform.

Greek NT ByzantineThis Greek New Testament includes John Jeffrey Dodson’s lexical information along with brief definitions of words occurring fewer than fifty times, parsing of verbs occurring fewer than fifty times and various other helps particularly useful for those whose Greek is less than perfect, and the OSNOVA edition does not disappoint. These helps are included, and many words are linked to the corresponding lexicon entry and grammatical parsing information.

The Kindle edition from OSNOVA™ includes a number of navigational aids such as Direct Verse Jump and hyperlinked table of contents. Short instructions on their use are included in the book itself, with more detailed instructions available on our blog.

This helpful study tool can be used by a beginning student of Greek or a busy pastor who had his Greek many years ago. You do not have to be an expert in New Testament Greek in order to use this tool profitably. The Kindle format makes this useful information accessible for all students of the Greek New Testament.

 

You can purchase The Greek New Testament for Beginning Readers: Byzantine Textform on Amazon.com.

 

Have you experienced the benefits of reading the Word of God in the original languages?

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