I have decided to venture out of the book of Hebrews and I have landed in a few canonical books later. I have decided to poke my head around a bit in the tiny, yet powerful letter of Jude. So if you have time or are up late with insomnia one night, please do check it out. Tell your friends, parents, grandparents, congressman, or anyone else I may have missed.
Old Testament professor at Talbot School of Theology, Kenneth Way, is set to publish his first book next month entitled Donkeys in the Biblical World: Ceremony and Symbol. I must admit, I never thought that a book on donkeys would be the focus of one’s dissertation, but Dr. Way has done just that. If you want to know more about the book, go check out his blog post at Talbot’s blog.
Over at Biblical Exegesis and Interpretation, James Tucker has an excellent post that all who are students of Greek/Hebrew should heed. I cannot agree more with the advice he gives for those of us who take the study of the languages of Scripture seriously. So, head over there and thank James for advising us on how we can be better students of God’s word.
My grad school friend and buddy Matt Wilcoxen has a blog worth reading: Scribo ut Intelligam. He is a PhD student, studying under Ben Myers in Australia. He is a smart chap, with a love for Barth. Right now he is posting somethings on the nature of time. In all honesty, I do not understand his obsession with time; while is obsessed with it, I just wish we had more if it at times. Nevertheless, do check out his post. And tell him I sent you. You will not be disappointed.
Well, I figure that after taking almost a year off from posting I should return from my wanderings and once again resurrect this blog of mine. My self-imposed exile from blogging here was mainly caused by burnout. After recently getting married, and with life and work sucking the creative juices from me, I figured that instead of spewing words with no real substance onto a digital page I should go out into the wilderness and seek wisdom. I am back from the wilderness! I am not sure how much wiser I am, but I do feel refreshed and ready to get going again.
As with the past, the majority of my post will be on New Testament topics, probably Hebrews. I have also taken up learning German, so I am sure some of my gleanings from German will find their way into a post or two. Also, I recently purchased Karl Bath’s Kirchliche Dogmatik (Church Dogmatics). I figured that I should become more acquainted with one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century. My readings and thoughts on Barth will no doubt be the topic of many a posts to come.
I am looking forward to returning to a more consistent schedule of blogging, and I hope I have something of worth to say.
To my surprise, this blog was listed as one of the top 100 theology blogs as comprised by christiancolleges.com. It came in at number 98, under the heading of writings, which is described as being concerned with the study of religious texts. I must admit that I am very humbled by this recognition, being that my blogging as declined greatly these last months. I pray that this acknowledgment would be fuel for me to again light the fire of blogging on this site. Again, thank you for this mention.
Well as many of you know, SBL/ETS is right around the corner. This year it is in San Diego, and that means I am able to go. It will be my first time going, so I am unaware of what to expect. I have read many blogs in the past that chronicled their journey to and experience of SBL. But this year it will be my turn to take all of it in. I am looking forward to meeting new people, meeting people who I have interacted with via blogging, and meeting scholars. Any advice would be much appreciated.
I have started a new blog that is focused soley on Hebrews. Please check it out and let me know what you think:
This post is a bit different from what I normally post, but what I normally post is informed by the program that I use.
I have been a user of Logos Bible Software (LBS from this point forward) since my first semester of college in spring 2004. I came across LBS through my schools campus email, which sent out a special 50% off offer for the Scholar’s Edition. After reviewing the contents that came with LBS, I was sold. Boy am I glad that I jumped at the offer. I have been pleased with LBS ever since.
With the recent upgrade (from 2.0 to 3.0) came some significance changes and additions to the Scholar’s Library. One of the most attractive and ground breaking is the addition of the syntax databases. This is the first of its kind, and it promises to be a amazing addition to the LBS family. The prices are reasonable and worth the investment (with the amount of tools that are included in the Scholar’s Edition, the price is right.)
Why do I use LBS? This is a fair question to ask. I use LBS because not only is it stocked with an amazing amount of tools for the trade, it is also user friendly; extremely user friendly in my opinion. Now this does not mean that once you turn on your computer and open LBS, everything comes naturally. I must say that the syntactical searches are not the easiest thing to do. It will take sometime getting familiar with the lingo and what not before you can become an expert. Nevertheless, when the work is put into understanding how to use the syntax database, the skies the limit.
One of the main reason I use LBS is because of the amount of books you can add to your digital library. For example, I have added BDAG, the Apostolic Father’s, BECNT, WBC: The Gospels, and other things. These have been a such a huge benefit to my own personal studies.
So, if you are looking for a good Bible program for series study, then look no further than Logos Bible Software, you will not regret your investment.
*I also use and enjoy greatly Bibleworks 7.0*
Links of interest:
Check out my post over at Novum Testamentum.
Wow, it has been quite some time since I last posted here. Sorry about that. Not a whole lot has been happening these days. I am working at Starbucks, researching on James for Dr. Varner, playing drums for Sunday morning 11am service at Cornerstone Bible Church.
But on a different note, I have joined forces with Brandon Wason et al. over at Novum Testamentum as a team blogger. If any of you have not read his blog, then you are missing out. He is one smart cat (as well the other team bloggers there. They make me look like I am a 1st grader sitting in a Ph. D. New Testament seminar class).
Well, I hope to get back to consistent blogging really soon.