A few recent, noteworthy posts in the biblioblogs:
For the past several weeks, I have been working on some reasonably substantial changes to the site that should make it more useful and beneficial. With these changes completed and my comprehensive exams on the horizon (in both a hermeneutical and a temporal sense), I hope to begin regularly posting again quite soon. For anyone who may be interested, the following are among the most significant of changes to the site:
- The Bookshelf is now visual. Instead of an increasingly long list of text-only links for the publications mentioned on this site and other helpful works, the Bookshelf now uses book cover thumbnails with the author(s) or editor(s) names captioned below.
- Complementing the new design for the bookshelf are the “In this post” sections that have been added. This section provides for each post a kind of quick reference bibliography that can be consulted more extensively if one so desires. This section allows any in-text references in the posts to be more abbreviated and, hence, less intrusive, while at the same time providing an additional means of informally facilitating content control and readerly review.
- The Bookshelf page and the “In this post” sections are now powered by the Westminster Bookstore and DealOz.com. Although Governor Perdue has recently sent the update to the North Carolina Sales and Use Tax back to the North Carolina General Assembly, Amazon.com has preemptively terminated North Carolina-based blog affiliations as infeasible for them under the pending, proposed revisions to the sales and use tax code. In addition, on the positive side, the Westminster Bookstore and DealOz.com have several good features that should make them more useful based on how their resources are being used on this site.
- Links to http://bible.logos.com have been implemented for the biblical and most of the apocryphal literature. It seems that there may still be some quirks with some of the apocryphal literature (e.g., the additions to Daniel and Esther); otherwise, things seem to work quite smoothly.
- Added Widgets
- Series of posts are now tagged, and the series names appear in a sidebar widget.
- The “Current and Recent Reading” section from the Bookshelf has moved to a sidebar widget.
- In addition, I have added added a widget that lists select new and forthcoming publications.
- At the end of May, Google rolled out a blog “bundling” service, which I have used to create a bundle on the sidebar for this blog and the other blogs listed in the blogroll here. Subscribing to this bundle should automatically subscribe you to the New Testament Interpretation feed as well as all of the other feeds in the blogroll. Whether you use Google Reader or anther feed reader, if you already subscribe to one or more of the blogs listed on the blogroll here, the read/unread statuses of posts in the bundled feed should automatically synchronize with the unbundled feed and vice versa. Once you subscribe to the bundle, you can also customize the specific bundle feeds that you want to receive. At this point, as changes are made to the blogroll, individual bundle subscriptions will not automatically update. To update an individual, bundle subscription, you will need to resubscribe to the New Testament Interpretation bundle itself.
- According to my records, the following blogs have been added to the blogroll since the last blogroll update:
- Archaic Christianity – The website and blog of Eric Sowell, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. Eric specializes in New Testament and the history of early Christianity.
- Ben Witherington – The blog of Ben Witherington, Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. Among Dr. Witherington’s specialties is socio-rhetorical criticism.
- Biblical Languages – The blog of Phillip Marshall, Assistant Professor of Biblical Languages at Houston Baptist University.
- Codex: Biblical Studies Blogspot – The blog of Tyler Williams, Professor of Old Testament at Taylor University College. Tyler’s teaching interests include historiography, Psalms, Genesis, wisdom literature, hermeneutics, religion and popular culture, Septuagint, and Dead Sea Scrolls.
- Ecce Homo – The blog of Mike Whitenton, a Biblical Studies student, whose main research interests are research interests are Jesus studies, the Gospels, and Pauline soteriology.
- Greek language and Linguistics – The blog of Micheal Palmer, a resident of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and a former teacher of Classical and Hellenistic Greek.
- Hebrew and Greek Reader – The blog of Daniel and Tonya from the University of Stellenbosch.
- Jesus Creed – The blog of Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University. Dr. McKnight specializes in New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus.
- Koinōnia – A blog oriented toward biblical theology sponsored by Zondervan with contributions from numerous scholars.
- Novum Testamentum – The blog of Matt O’Reilly, a student at Asbury Theological Seminary.
- N. T. Wright Project – The blog of Keas Keasler, Laura Powell, and Andrew Wilkes dedicated to the study of N. T. Wright’s major works.
- NT Blog – The academic blog of Mark Goodacre, Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke University. This blog focuses on issues of interest in the New Testament and Christian Origins.
- NT Pod – The podcast of Mark Goodacre, Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke University. This podcast focuses on the New Testament and Christian Origins.
- NT Resources – The blog of Rod Decker, Professor of Greek and New Testament at Baptist Bible Seminary.
- Paul of Tarsus – The blog of Kevin Scull, a PhD candidate at the University of California. The blog focuses on Paul with occasional entries about other topics, including broad New Testament issues, the historical Jesus, the Apostolic Fathers, papyrology.
- Review of Biblical Literature – The blog of the Review of Biblical Literature.
- Sitz im Leben – The blog of Brandon Wason, an incoming PhD student at Emory University. Brandon will specialize in New Testament, but he also has interests in the Apostolic Fathers and the New Testament Apocrypha.
- Source Theory – The blog of Tim Lewis, an MTh student specializing in Syriac Lexicography.
- Tyndale Tech – The blog of Tyndale House devoted to highlighting electronic resources for biblical studies.
- Westminster Bookstore Blog – The blog of the bookstore at Westminster Theological Seminary.
- A Student Resources page has been added as a parent page for the previously independent New Testament Greek, Other Websites, and Theological Writing pages. Links in older versions of the writing handout will be automatically redirected to the new Theological Writing page location.
- The New Testament Greek page has been updated to revive what had apparently become dead links, add files that had previously been corrupted, add audio files for the optative mood, and add miscellaneous other files.
- Finally, the site has a new theme and a new logo. The image is clipped and edited from a photograph of a leaf from Codex Sinaiticus online at the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. Beginning on the seventh line from the top, is Luke 10:26, which, in the NA27/UBS4 text, reads: ὁ δὲ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτόν· ἐν τῷ νόμῳ τί γέγραπται; πῶς ἀναγινώσκεις; (And he said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”).
Subheadings have now come to the bookshelf. Some of the lists of works under main headings had become quite long and unwieldy, but the subheadings should help minimize the length of the individual lists.
While additional subsections will certainly be required as the bookshelf grows, the sections presently large enough to demand subheadings include Gospels (Jesus, parables) and hermeneutics (biblical interpretation, general hermeneutics, methodology).
The following entries have been added to the blogroll:
- Biblical Studies and Technological Tools – A blog about technological resources available for biblical studies.
- Biblical Theology – The blog of Stephen Dempster, Professor of Religious Studies at Atlantic Baptist University.
- Conn-versation – A blog indebted to the legacy of Harvey Conn, a former professor at Westminster Theological Seminary.
- Conversational Theology – The blog of Ros Clarke, a PhD candidate at Highland Theological College and Book Review Editor for Ecclesia Reformanda. Ros specializes in the Song of Songs and canonical criticism.
- Evangelical Textual Criticism – A blog facilitated by Peter Head, New Testament Research Fellow at Tyndale House, and Tommy Wasserman, Post–doctoral Research Fellow at Lunds University. The blog seeks to serve evangelicals involved in academic study of textual criticism.
- FredPutnam.org – The blog of Fried Putnam, a professor at Philadelphia Biblical University. Dr. Putnam specializes in Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament translation and interpretation.
- Helm’s Deep – The blog of Paul Helm, Teaching Fellow at Regent College and Professor of Theology at Highland Theological College.
- ̔Ελληνιστί – The blog of Alan Knox, Adjunct Instructor of New Testament Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
- Nerdlets – The blog of Tommy Keene, a PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow at Westminster Theological Seminary. Tommy specializes in the book of Hebrews and metaphor theory.
- NT Discourse – The blog of Steven Runge, Scholar in Residence at Logos Bible Software. Dr. Runge sepecializes in discourse grammar.
- Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians – The blog of Thomas, a graduate of Regent College, who specializes in Galatians.
- Zotero – Zotero is a research assistance plugin for the Firefox browser.
The blogroll has been updated and transferred from its own page to a sidebar widget. Also, Greek blog titles are now alphabetized according to the Greek alphabet rather than their transliteration. So, for example, titles beginning with (Greek) epsilon are alphabetized after titles beginning with (English) gee.
Look for several additions to appear in the coming days.
The link list on the Greek resources page has been updated and expanded to include some additional, online resources for studying New Testament Greek and the Greek New Testament.
A new page is now available that will eventually house several resources for learning New Testament Greek. Currently, the page features MP3 audio recordings of the basic verb and noun paradigms as well as some songs that have been translated into Greek. Repeatedly hearing these paradigms and the songs in which they are used can provide one more way of cementing New Testament Greek in memory.
Right now, the Greek resources page basically reflects my old faculty page at Faulkner University, but expect more material to become available and a more friendly organization to develop over the coming weeks.