Popular Beliefs: Are They Biblical?
The Christian and Rock Music: A Study on Biblical Principles of Music
"To rock or not to rock," this is the critical question rocking many Christian churches today, including an increasing number of Seventh-day Adventist churches. A generation ago there was almost universal agreement that rock music, in whatever version, was inappropriate for personal and church use. At that time, young people who wanted to listen to the "worldly music" had to look for a hiding place, away from the hearing of their parents, teachers, and even some of their friends. Today, if a Christian teenager wants to listen to the same "worldly music"–and in many cases much worse–he can do so with the encouragement of his family, church, Christian school, and friends. It is not uncommon to hear rock music blaring out of dormitory rooms in Adventist academies and colleges.
The Sabbath Under Crossfire: A Biblical analysis of Recent Sabbath/Sunday Developments
Few Biblical doctrines have been under a constant crossfire of controversy
during Christian history as has the Sabbath. A bibliographic survey indicates that since
the sixteenth-century Reformation, over 2000 books, besides countless articles, have been
published on this subject.
Immortality or Resurrection? A Biblical Study on Human Nature and Destiny Immortality or Resurrection? A Biblical Study on Human Nature and Destiny
What Christians believe about the make-up of their human nature largely determines what
they believe about their ultimate destiny. Historically, most Christians have believed
that human nature consists of a material, mortal body and a spiritual, immortal soul. This
belief, known as dualism, is largely derived from Greek philosophers who regarded the body
as temporary and evil but the soul as eternal and good. Dualism has led Christians to
envision a destiny where immortal souls survive the death of the body and spend eternity
either in the bliss of paradise or in the torment of a fiery hell.
From Sabbath to Sunday: A Historical Investigation of the Rise of Sunday Observance in Early Christianity
How did the change come about from Saturday to Sunday in early Christianity? To find an answer to this question Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi spent five years at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, examining the most ancient documents available.
The results of this investigation are presented in From Sabbath to Sunday, which is a translation and an adaptation of his Italian doctoral dissertation, presented at and published by the Pontifical Gregorian University Press.
Divine Rest for Human Restlessness: A Theological Study of the Good News of the Sabbath for Today
How can one find inner peace and rest in our tension-filled, restless society? In Divine Rest for Human Restlessness Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi shows how the values of the Biblical Sabbath provide a divine remedy to such contemporary problems as stress, restlessness, ecological crisis, marital tensions, human rights and competitive pressures.
The Sabbath in the New Testament. Answers to Questions
Many sincere Christians believe that the New Testament teaches that Christ brought to an end the principle and practice of Sabbath keeping, and instituted Sunday keeping instead. To test the validity of this popular view, Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi has devoted many years of painstaking research in Vatican libraries in Rome, examining the earliest Christian documents. The results of his investigation are found in his dissertation first published in 1977 by the Pontifical Gregorian University Press, in Rome, Italy.
God’s Festivals in Scripture and History. Volume I: The Spring Festivals
Most evangelical churches no longer observe the annual Biblical Festivals today, partly as a result of the radical anti-feasts attitude of the Puritans, who swept away all religious holy days except the Lord’s Day. The Puritans viewed the church calendar, which was filled with saints’ days and Marian feasts instituted by the Roman Catholic Church, as indicative of the apostasy into which the church had fallen. To rid the church of all the pagan superstitions which had become part of the popular piety, the Puritans in Colonial America did away with all the annual holy days. In doing so, however, they left Christians without a religious calendar to commemorate the great saving acts of God.
God’s Festivals in Scripture and History. Volume 2: The Fall Festivals
In the second volume of God’s Festivals Dr. Bacchiocchi examines the typical nature and the antitypical fulfillment of the feasts of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles. The study shows how the Fall Feasts of Israel reveal the unfolding of the events leading to the consummation of redemption. Bible students interested in End-time prophecies will find this book of great value, because it offers valuable insights into the prophetic message of the Book of Revelation.
The procedure followed throughout the book is first to establish the typical nature and meaning of the feasts in the Old Testament and then to trace their antitypical fulfillment in the New Testament. The study traces the historical, Christological, ecclesiological, and eschatological fulfillment of the Fall Feasts through Biblical and Christian history.
Wine in the Bible: A Biblical Study on the Use of Alcoholic Beverages
Christian churches are partly responsible for the alcohol epidemic raging in America today, because since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, most of them have abandoned their stand for total abstinence, encouraging instead moderation in drinking. Moderation has led millions to become immoderate drinkers.
The Advent Hope for Human Hopelessness. A Theological Study of the Meaning of the Second Advent for Today
In the book The Advent Hope for Human Hopelessness, Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi endeavors to meet the dual challenge of skepticism and sensationalism, by presenting a balanced Biblical analysis of many vital topics related to the Second Advent.
Women in the Church: A Biblical Study on the Role of Women in the Church
In the book Women in the Church Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi provides a much needed balanced interpretation and application of the overall Biblical teachings on the role of women in the church. With compelling research he shows that while Scripture excludes women from serving in the representative role of priests, elders or pastors, it does include them in the supportive ministries of the church and in participation in public worship. The reason for this Biblical distinction derives not from the cultural conventions of the times, but from the distinct and yet complementary roles for men and women established by God at creation.
Christian Dress and Adornment
In Christian Dress and Adornment Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi reminds us that while clothes do not make a Christian, Christians do reveal their identity through their clothes and appearance. The Bible does not prescribe a standardized dress for Christian men and women, but it calls us to follow the simplicity and unpretentiousness of Jesus’ lifestyle, even in our clothes and appearance. The Christian priority is not the external decoration of the body with costly clothes and ornaments, but the internal beautification of the soul with the love of Christ.
Hal Lindsey’s Prophetic Jigsaw Puzzle: Five Predictions that Failed!
In Hal Lindsey’s Prophetic Jigsaw Puzzle, Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi analyzes five of the predictions which Lindsey made in 1970, showing how they failed to come to pass. The purpose of the book, however, is not merely to show the senselessness of Lindsey’s sensational end-time scenario, but primarily to help Christians understand the true nature and purpose of Biblical prophecies. The author encourages the reader to look forward, not to the occurrence of impersonal events, but rather to the coming of our personal Savior Jesus Christ, our "blessed hope."
The Time of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection
In The Time of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi thoroughly examines the crucial texts used in support of the Wednesday crucifixion dating. The book offers compelling Biblical and historical evidences which clearly refute the Wednesday-crucifixion and Saturday-resurrection dating.
The Marriage Covenant: A Biblical Study on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage.
In The Marriage Covenant Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi challenges Christians to reject the secularization and easy-dissolution of marriage by accepting instead the Biblical view of marriage as a sacred, life-long covenant. This important book is designed to strengthen your Christian home through a recovery of those Biblical principles established by God to ensure happy and lasting marital relationships.
The Passion of Christ: In Scripture and History
More Than A Prophet
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