Two Appian Way Press Titles Now on @LogosPrePub!

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Appian Way Press have licensed Faithlife (makers of Logos Bible Software) to produce two of our titles for Logos Bible Software:

These titles are on Prepub with Faithlife (more info). That means if you’re interested, you commit to purchasing at the prepub price (which is Faithlife’s lowest possible price). If enough people commit, then the books are produced, and you are charged at time of delivery (and not before). If there isn’t enough interest, then the books aren’t produced.

We are really excited about this opportunity! And, as with all Appian Way Press books, all proceeds from sales go directly to support the Brannans and their adoption.

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My 1 Timothy Commentary on Prepub at Logos

One of our books is headed for Logos Bible Software. Get it on prepub *and* help support the Brannan family adoption — at the same time!

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BookCoverImage-LCPE-1TimEver since I published my First Timothy work in print with Appian Way Press, I have been asked about whether or not the commentary will be made available for Logos Bible Software. I’m happy to say today that it will be!

Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy at Logos.com

I’m excited about this because I think it is a unique and helpful commentary. But I’m really excited because, like the sales of all Appian Way Press books, all of the proceeds that I receive from the commentary sale will be used to support our adoption.

But proceeds from the Logos version are only realized if the book passes from pre-pub into production (more on the Logos prepub process). That means it would be awesome if you, your friends, and their friends all chip in $14.99 (cheaper than print!) to move this book into production.

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Brannan’s Building a Firm Foundation is Coming

We’ve been spending some time wrapping up Rick Brannan’s forthcoming study, Building a Firm Foundation: A 12-Week Study on the Apostles’ Creed. Our plan is to make it available soon, both in print and for Kindle.

FirmFoundationCover-001 “I am very grateful for this treatment by Rick Brannan. He is faithful to the concise and memorable content of the Apostles’ Creed while expositing its meaning. He addresses the depth of the creed through an easily-digestible question-and-answer format. He gives us further riches in showing the interaction of the Heidelberg Catechism, itself a treasure of historical teaching of the faith, with the Apostles’ Creed.

“May you enjoy again the Apostles’ Creed, in its history and depth. May you treasure forever the truths it contains, of a Savior who was crucified, dead and buried, yet rose again from the dead, and provides forgiveness of sins and resurrection to all who put their faith in him.”

Dax Swanson
Pastor, Grace Church Bellingham

 

New Title: Building a Firm Foundation: A 12-Week Study on the Apostles’ Creed

AppianWay-BFF-Title-001Just this morning, we started working on getting Rick Brannan’s Building a Firm Foundation: A 12-Week Study on the Apostles’ Creed ready to publish. Brannan’s work is a look at the topics of the Apostles’ Creed through the lens of the Heidelberg Catechism.

The Heidelberg Catechism is designed to provide a teaching schedule for the year. It is broken into 52 “Lord’s Days”, indicating the subject matter to be taught each week.

Because the Heidelberg Catechism is designed to teach, it utilizes three main components: The Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, and The Lord’s Prayer. The bulk of the catechism is concerned with the exposition of these three components. This 12-week study is essentially a study on the Apostles’ Creed that uses the Heidelberg Catechism as a foundation for examining the Apostles’ Creed in detail.

Each week’s study, then, will look to the biblical text to examine the teaching in the Heidelberg Catechism as regards the Apostles Creed with a goal of better understanding the statements in the Apostles Creed.

Just a note: While this description mentions the Heidelberg Catechism frequently, in practice the catechism itself is in the background of the study. This is not a course focused on the catechism, and Brannan’s approach is broadly evangelical.

If all goes well, we hope to have copies ready for purchase by the end of July, 2016.

Buy My Books To Help Fund Our Adoption

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adopt (the dictionary project)The Brannans are adopting. Again. And we’re asking for your help.

If you’ve been around us for awhile, you know that we have a heart for adoption. Our nearly four-year-old son Lucas is adopted. But adoption is an expensive thing. Like, really expensive. So we need some help.

Now, since you’ve been around us you also know that I’ve recently published two books through Appian Way Press. If you didn’t know, “Appian Way Press” is me (Rick Brannan), and these books are self-published. That means we’re in control of the copyright and the proceeds.

Now here’s the important part: All proceeds from all sales of Appian Way Press books are being set aside to assist with our adoption. If you’re interested, there are two ways you can help.

  • First Method: Buy the books in print from Amazon.com (1 Timothy, 2 Timothy). You’ll get great books on 1 & 2 Timothy, and you’ll contribute…

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Lexical Commentary Excerpt: 1 Tim 1:5

Rick Brannan recently posted an excerpt from his “Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy” —

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BookCoverImage-LCPE-1TimHere’s an excerpt from my recently published Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy. The commentary below is on 1 Timothy 1:5, which is pretty much the thesis of the letter.

Verse 5

but the goal of our instruction

The word translated “goal” is τέλος. The basic meaning is that of ‘end, finish, or termination;’[1] though τέλος developed many supplemental and context-sensitive meanings over time. In this context, the meaning of ‘aim’ or ‘goal’ is appropriate as the context indicates that it is the end of the effort, thus the purpose or reason for expending the effort. The word translated “instruction” is παραγγελία, which is less common in the New Testament. The basic sense of the word is that of a message that essentially commands or orders someone (or a group) to do something.[2] This is commonly known as a charge. Consider First Clement:

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Dr. William Varner on Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on First Timothy

BookCoverImage-LCPE-1TimHere’s what Dr. William Varner had to say about Rick Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy:

Rick Brannan’s methodology for these word studies in First Timothy opens new semantic vistas because he takes into account the usage of the Greek words in contemporary Koine works like the Pseudepigrapha and Josephus. Furthermore, he illustrates the “effective” use of these lexemes in the Apostolic Fathers as well. He is careful not to be guilty of anachronism in the latter practice but simply illustrates how the word was understood in Christian literature written soon after the Pastorals. In some ways, this is a ground-breaking approach that deserves serious consideration by other commentators on the sacred text.

Dr. William Varner, Professor of Bible and Greek, The Master’s College

Purchase Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy today (from our store or Amazon)

New Publication: Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy

Rick Brannan’s announcement of his new Appian Way Press title, “Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy”

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BookCoverImage-LCPE-1TimIf you’ve followed me around the internet (blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) then you probably know about my long-term interest in the Pastoral Epistles. I’ve always had an interest in the letters, but the disease seriously took hold around 2003, when I was single and had lots and lots of free time. I dug into these letters and didn’t look back.

Back in those days, I started writing as I studied First Timothy. I didn’t really know where it was going or what it would look like, but it was helpful in thinking through the text. I invited friends over for dinner to eat food and thrash what I’d written — some of the best feedback ever (thanks again to Eli, Vince, James, Bob, Dale, and the other Bob) —and began to produce what just today (April 20, 2016) became available for purchase on Amazon: Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles:…

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Dr. Michael F. Bird on Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on First Timothy

BookCoverImage-LCPE-1TimHere’s what Dr. Michael F. Bird had to say about Rick Brannan’s forthcoming Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy:

Rick Brannan has produced a robust and rigorous exegetical introduction to First Timothy. This book is a great guide to the nuances of the Greek text that interpreters need to grapple with as they attempt to interpret this letter. Whether it is women “saved through childbirth” or how “you will save both yourself and your hearers,” Brannan shows you what you need to know as you wrestle with First Timothy.
Dr. Michael F. Bird (PhD University of Queensland) is Lecturer in Theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia.

We’re putting the final touches on the cover, and should send it to press in the next few days. We’ll let you know when it’s ready for purchase!

On Its Way: Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on First Timothy

We’re wrapping up indexing and typesetting for Rick Brannan’s forthcoming volume, Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy. If all goes well, it should be released sometime in April, 2016.

Author: Rick Brannan
Title: Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy
Pages: xx, 334, with indexes
Price: $24.95

We hesitate to use the term “Word Studies” because it has negative connotations among some, but that’s what this volume is about. Brannan examines the vocabulary of First Timothy using the New Testament, the Septuagint (LXX), the Apostolic Fathers, Josephus, Philo, Christian Apocrypha, Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, and whatever else can be consulted to illustrate how words were used and understood in contexts similar to their use in First Timothy. These examples are not simply listed with a citation for the reader to follow up with, but translations of these relevant examples are presented in context. The reader is introduced to a new world of material and also shown how it can be useful in one’s reading of the New Testament.

Below are some examples of the interior and the indexing.

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