Another Great Book Find

11th July, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

It’s happened again. I found another great book I want to recommend.  Just by browsing online at Christian Book Distributors I discovered the book Paul and His Letters by John B. Polhill.  Now that the Acts portion of GGC:NT2 is halfway written, the epistles are looming ahead. I began reading Polhill’s book in preparation for » Read More

Psalm 2 — When God laughs

19th June, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Does God laugh? Yes, Psalm 2 says that He does,  but it’s not laughing as we usually think of laughter. Psalm 2 talks about the nations of the world — how they rage and plot against God’s Anointed One (the Messiah, the Christ).  They plot, but all their plotting is in vain. God who made the heavens » Read More

The Life and Letters of Paul

19th January, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I am deep in the thoes of writing God’s Great Covenant: New Testament 2 (Acts, Epistles, and Revelation).  I am gathering together the biggest amount of resources so far. Calvin, Boice, Stott, Kistemake, F.F. Bruce, Dennis Johnson … that’s just to name a few of the commentaries I’m referring to as I write. And, I recently » Read More

Daily Life in Ancient Galilee

8th November, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

This week in a local church in the Harrisburg-Mechanicsburg, PA, area, I’m doing a workshop on Daily Life in Ancient Galilee. Knowing what life was like in first century Galilee will help students and teachers alike understand how Jesus lived growing up in Nazareth and spending much of His years of ministry around the Sea of » Read More

Who were the Medes?

10th April, 2011 - Posted by Claire Larsen - 2 Comments

The Medes lived in Mesopotamia in around 55o BC. This people group dwelt in individual city states that formed a confederation that historians call the Median Empire. It was a large empire stretching from Asia Minor across the wideness of Mesopotamia and to the borders of India. Though the Medes controlled a great amount of » Read More

Ziggurats, Mountains, and Tabernacles

6th March, 2011 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Why did the ancient Mesopotamians build strange-looking step pyramids? In co-authoring the new History For Children with my son, Aaron Laresn, I’m learning helpful background information about the Old Testament stories. Back to my question … ancient people thought that the gods dwelt on the top of the mountains. Wasn’t Mt. Sinai called the “Mountain » Read More

Why does God put up with us?

1st August, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

As I’ve been reading and writing about ancient history, one question keeps coming into my mind?  How did the human race make it this far? Or, to put it another way, why did God put up with the wickedness of men for so many centuries? What information we have about very ancient history is sparse » Read More

Abraham in History

15th May, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - 2 Comments

Several months ago I began a new writing project. My son Aaron (one of the authors of Latin For Children) and I are working together on Classical Academic Press’s History For Children series. Aaron has the historical knowledge, and I add worksheets, quizzes, and some editorial expertise.  It’s been a very long time since I learned » Read More