In the Biblioblogs

A few recent, noteworthy posts in the biblioblogs:

Site Updates

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.
  • 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. Google Reader Blog BundlesSubscribing 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:
  • 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?”).

New to the Blogroll

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.

Blogroll Updates

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.

New Testament Greek Resources

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.