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The Portable Seminary [Hardcover]

By David Horton (Editor)
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"Lay people and pastors will find the major topics included in this volume that would be found in a typical seminary master's program. The information is gleaned from a distinguished international faculty of more than fifty professors, lecturers, and authors"--Provided by publisher.

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A Seminary Overview for Those Who Can't Attend Classes
In this one-of-a-kind book, lay people and pastors will find the major topics included in a typical seminary masters program, including surveys of the Old and New Testaments, systematic theology, church history, apologetics, missions, ethics, Christian education, and more. Designed for anyone who wants an introduction to a seminary education but cannot afford the time or money to attend seminary, who lives where formal training is unavailable, or whose previous education is primarily secular. Complete in one volume.

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Studio: Bethany House
Pages   784
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.4" Width: 6.5" Height: 2.4"
Weight:   3.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0764201603  
ISBN13  9780764201608  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Horton is a former businessman, missionary, and mission executive whose publishing experience began nearly twenty years ago. A graduate of Oregon State University, he is currently editorial director at Bethany House Publishers and the author of three previous books, including Boys Life Adventure Bible Storybook.

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Overview of "seminary" education?  Mar 22, 2007
I'm delighted to see that a previous reviewer said, "The first thing to note is that it does not claim to be equivalent to a Master's Level education." That was the opposite of what I thought when I bought the book. I run a Bible College and was curious as to what others are doing in the field. Most of the material in this book is what my students should know and be able to articulate by the time they begin their fourth year. The writing level for such esteemed colleagues, as another reviewer stated, "... is written in a style that allows the average reader to understand concepts easily." My opinion is that this book is written for those not yet involved in serious theological study, and actually should be aimed at the average person in the pew. This is simple, basic material that every mature Christian should know whether in the Five-Fold Ministry or the Ministry of Helps. This book is worth the effort on the part of the general editor and those who wrote the various essays. It is well worth the money spent.
Excellent OVERVIEW of a typical seminary education  Mar 19, 2007
Since receiving this book the most common question I get is whether or not it is really equivalent to a Master's Level education. The first thing to note is that it does not claim to be equivalent to a Master's Level education. The subtitle calls it a Master's Level Overview. It is a summary of important points and details and never claims to be an actual Master's Level detail education.

The Portable Seminary: A Master's Level Overview in One Volume is a great resource for those who would like to know the basics of what one learns in a Seminary program. The areas covered include the doctrines of Scripture, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Humanity, Sin, Salvation, the Church, and Last Things, the subjects of Biblical Languages, Scripture Interpretation, the Old Testament Survey, the New Testament Survey, and the time between the Testaments, Apologetics, World Religions, Church History, Missions, Church Leadership, Christian Ethics and Christian Education.

Remembering that this is an overview the Biblical Languages section gives a good example of the level at which this is written. Obviously in 20 pages you are not going to learn to read Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. However, it does provide the alphabet in both Hebrew and Greek, examples of translational problems, examples of unique aspects of the language, historical information, grammar, style, figures of speech, and other items of interest related to the language. This in turn brings a much greater respect for the language and the problems of translation. The chapters on church history are excellent and include many of the early church heresies as well as important individuals and movements.

The primary items you will learn at a typical seminary but are not included in this book are things like how to pastor a church, church finances, performing church functions, church human resources, Christian counseling, and similar items related to the running of a church. The focus is much more on classic Bible doctrines, history, and other educational items directly related to understanding and applying the Bible and not church administration. That makes this an excellent resource for those who want to deepen their knowledge of the Bible, the history of the church, comparative world religions, and applying Biblical principles in everyday life.

The book is written in a style that allows the average reader to understand concepts easily. A thoroughly enjoyable read and an excellent high-level overview of a typical Master's level seminary education, The Portable Seminary is highly recommended to all Christians.
A One Volume Education  Mar 8, 2007
I have been trying to be a serious student of the Bible for the past thirty years. I have done graduate work, traveled to Africa 7 times to do mission work. All of these favorable circumstances are blessings and have added to my education. The Portable Seminary is a valuable work because it is practical. An overview points the student in the right direction. A busy minister cannot take the time to be an expert in every field of study; this book exposes him to the many interesting and needed areas of study. And for those so inclined, they can go beyond the overview, delve into the right books, saving themselves much time and expense. I sit in an office of nearly 2000 books. But I am paring down to the essentials - what works, why, and how effective will a particular book be in helping me deliver needed lessons, etc. I needed a guide early on; this would have have saved me much time and money.

Every book has it own particular bias. A broader education could be produced with other volumes that point the student into Catholic scholarship, the early Fathers, etc. Maybe someone will produce those works. That said, The Portable Seminary is a good place to begin what is hopefully a lifetime of serious study and reflection.
The Portable Seminary: A Masters Level Overview in One Volume  Jan 11, 2007
One of the most complete books I've ever been exposed to.

I have started a group of pastors and lay ministry leaders who will use tis as a guide for a year long in depth study to grow spiritually. Highly reccommended for those who want to better understand God and His creation.
The Key Word is Overview  Dec 30, 2006
There are some really great articles in this text, but so many fail to really give the true bredth of their subject. I was impressed with how eschatology, a topic usually butchered by evangelicals, was treated giving at least a fair nod to the major discussion in that field. The real asset this volume should have is a kicking bibliography, and because the depth is not there in the content, they really should have an annotated bibliography. The bibliography isn't horrible, but it isn't as useful as it could have been. I would also add that the small section on biblical languages is excellent. I was skeptical as to what could be usefully said in such a short space, but I was impressed. Too bad much of the chapters that preceeded this one were completely unimpressive. I think that it does give a sense of the bredth of topics engaged with at Seminary, but hopefully the real Seminary experience fills in the major potholes missing here.

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