Sep 3, 2011

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.

David Brakke
The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity
Reviewed by James F. McGrath
Mark Andrew Brighton
The Sicarii in Josephus's Judean War: Rhetorical Analysis and Historical Observations
Reviewed by Catherine Jones
James H. Charlesworth and Lee Martin McDonald, eds.
Jewish and Christian Scriptures: The Function of 'Canonical' and 'Non-Canonical' Religious Texts
Reviewed by Everett Ferguson
Jean Delorme and Isabelle Donegani
L'Apocalypse de Jean: Révélation pour le temps de la violence et du désir
Reviewed by Nils Neumann
Reviewed by Stephan Witetschek
Ian J. Elmer
Paul, Jerusalem and the Judaisers: The Galatian Crisis in Its Broadest Historical Context
Reviewed by Davina C. Lopez
André Myre
Pour l'avenir du monde: La résurrection revisitée
Reviewed by Jeffrey F. Cayzer
Randall W. Reed
A Clash of Ideologies: Marxism, Liberation Theology, and Apocalypticism in New Testament Studies
Reviewed by Leif E. Vaage
Karlheinz Schüssler, ed.
Das sahidische Alte und Neue Testament: Vollständiges Verzeichnis mit Standorten sa 621-672
Reviewed by Robert Paul Seesengood
Hal Taussig
In the Beginning Was the Meal: Social Experimentation and Early Christian Identity
Reviewed by Pieter J. J. Botha

Sep 2, 2011

Sep 1, 2011

Creation: Biblical Options, a Gracious Dialogue

If you live in or near the Houston area, you might be interested in attending the Creation: Biblical Options, a Gracious Dialogue conference on October 28–29, 2011 at Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land, TX. Early bird registration has ended but yit looks like they have some good speakers including Todd Beall, Craig Blaising, Ligon Duncan, Walter Kaiser, John Mark Reynolds, John Walton, and Bruce Waltke. You can find more information here.

Aug 31, 2011

Ten Common Problems with Much Old Testament Teaching

See this excellent post by David Murray. I say amen and amen.

Aug 30, 2011

The Introverted Leader

The introverts in ministry out there might find this article interesting.

Ossuary Related to Caiaphas

I am not sure how "new" this is, but some readers might be interested in this news article on an ossuary that appears to be related to the family of the high priest Caiaphas.

Aug 29, 2011

BibleWorks 9

I recently received a review copy of BibleWorks 9 and was quite excited about some of the new features that I had been hearing about. I have been a BibleWorks user from almost the beginning and have always found it to be a valuable exegetical tool. Here are some initial thoughts on BibleWorks 9.

Installation: I found this version easier to install than previous versions. It is not that earlier versions were difficult, but this time out, everything went quite smoothly.

New Features: I count around thirty-five new features, resources, or translations in BibleWorks 9. Of course, what features one finds most exciting will vary from user to user. Here are few of my early favorites.

BibleWorks Manuscript Project

The BibleWorks Manuscript Project's initial release covers the following:

  • Sinaiticus
  • Vaticanus
  • Alexandrinus
  • Bezae
  • Washingtonianus
  • Boernerianus
  • GA1141
For these manuscripts, the BibleWorks Manuscript Project includes the following:

  • New full transcriptions
  • Complete digital image sets (over 7.5 GB!!)
  • Verse location tagging in images
  • Extensive transcription notes
  • MSS comparison tool
  • Morphological tagging (not complete for all manuscripts but updates will be provided free of charge to BibleWorks 9 users as they become available)
The manuscripts above are fully searchable and integrated with the BibleWorks analysis tools. You can compare, examine, and analyze the text and images of these key manuscripts by using a new image processing panel.

CNTTS NT Critical Apparatus

The New Testament Critical Apparatus from the Center for New Testament Textual Studies (an organization led by  Bill Warren of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) is being made available for the first time for PCs. This exhaustive apparatus covers the entire New Testament.

The Moody Atlas of the Bible

Seasoned Bible students are already aware of the value of Barry Beitzel's atlas and now it is included in BibleWorks 9. This includes 118 high-resolution maps and dozens of photos.

Aug 28, 2011

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.

J. A. van den Berg
Biblical Argument in Manichaean Missionary Practice: The Case of Adimantus and Augustine
Reviewed by Jason BeDuhn
Gordon Campbell
Bible: The Story of the King James Version 1611-2011
Reviewed by Mark Elliott
John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow, eds.
The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism
Reviewed by Siam Bhayro
Michael R. Cosby
Apostle on the Edge: An Inductive Approach to Paul
Reviewed by James M. Howard
Jeffrey A. Gibbs
Matthew 11:2-20:34
Reviewed by Warren Carter
James W. Hardin
Lahav II: Households and the Use of Domestic Space at Iron II Tell Halif: An Archaeology of Destruction
Reviewed by Raz Kletter
Robert W. Jenson
Canon and Creed
Reviewed by Lee Martin McDonald
Scot McKnight
The Letter of James
Reviewed by Alicia J. Batten
Lawrence H. Schiffman
Qumran and Jerusalem: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the History of Judaism
Reviewed by Matthew A. Collins
David F. Watson
Honor among Christians: The Cultural Key to the Messianic Secret
Reviewed by Adam Winn