After having the product available for over 10 years, Logos Bible Software has released a substantive update to their Qumran Sectarian Manuscripts database (ed. Martin Abegg). Most significant among this update’s improvements are that the resource:
- Now contains more than 100 scrolls than in the previous version (737 documents are now represented).
- Several texts in the previous version have been reorganized to reflect the latest scholarship on their reconstruction.
- The database’s morphology has been updated to WHM 4.18.
For more information, please see the Logos blog.
The latest Bloomsbury Highlights notes the newly available volume 16 in the T&T Clark Jewish and Christian Texts Series. The volume is a revision of my 2011 dissertation at Southeastern Seminary and primarily explores paradigmatic, or presuppositional, aspects of the hermeneutics at play in Romans and some of the Qumran sectarian texts.
Bloomsbury presently has the hardback on sale for 10% off and is also making PDFs available at a still more substantially reduced price.
The latest reviews from the Review of Biblical Literature include:
New Testament and Cognate Studies
- Jo-Ann A. Brant, John, reviewed by Matthew Gordley
- Bart B. Bruehler, A Public and Political Christ: The Social-Spatial Characteristics of Luke 18:35–19:43 and the Gospel as a Whole in Its Ancient Context, reviewed by John Cowan
- Jaime Clark-Soles, Engaging the Word: The New Testament and the Christian Believer, reviewed by Ronald Witherup
- Gerald J. Donker, The Text of the Apostolos in Athanasius of Alexandria, reviewed by Justin A. Mihoc
- Craig A. Evans, Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence, reviewed by Panayotis Coutsoumpos
- Charles W. Hedrick, Unlocking the Secrets of the Gospel according to Thomas: A Radical Faith for a New Age, reviewed by William Arnal
- Josep Rius-Camps and Jenny Read-Heimerdinger, The Message of Acts in Codex Bezae: A Comparison with the Alexandrian Tradition, Volume 4: Acts 18.24–28.31: Rome, reviewed by Vaughn CroweTipton
- Christopher D. Stanley, ed., The Colonized Apostle: Paul in Postcolonial Eyes, reviewed by Steed Davidson
Second Temple Judaism
Amazon’s selection of texts available for the Kindle platform occasionally includes some interesting oddities. For instance, those who really want to do so can apparently read the Discoveries in the Judaean Desert volumes 10 (4QMMT) and 16 (cave 4 calendrical texts) on Kindle for a mere $239.20 and $254.34 respectively, without print-equivalent page numbers. Or, used hard covers are available for just under $180. 😉
It has taken some time, but in cooperation with Google, the Israel Museum has now released the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls. The website presently has five scrolls available: the Great Isaiah Scroll, the War Scroll, the Pesher on Habakkuk, the Temple Scroll, and the Community Rule. Here is the introductory video clip with voice overs mainly by Adolfo Roitman:
Last evening, I was privileged to attend the second annual Prentice Meador Lecture at Lipscomb University. There, Weston Fields, the Executive Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, addressed what seemed very nearly to be a full house on the topic “The Dead Sea Scrolls Today.”
Overall, most of Fields’ lecture surveyed certain notable features in the history of the scrolls’ discovery, dissemination, and publication. Much of this narrative has been more or less widely discussed, but throughout the lecture, Fields repeatedly turned our attention to an uncertain number of yet-unpublished fragments.
In a conversation with William Kando on April 5, Kando mentioned to Fields that the family has still more Dead Sea fragments that they will be looking to sell in the coming years. According to Kando, this group includes at least four or five biblical fragments that are easily readable without infrared lighting. Kando also speculated that the Psalms fragment that Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has recently acquired may have been in the shoe box that his father, Kahlil Iskander Shahin, showed Frank Cross in the 1960s when they met in Beirut regarding the Temple Scroll.
Later this week, Fields speaks on the significance of the latest developments in Dead Sea Scrolls research at Lanier Theological Library. When he does so, he will probably also discuss, at least to some extent, the recently much-publicized lead codices that the Jordanian government is seeking to recover. Tickets to this lecture are available for free on the Lanier Theological Library website.
What wonderful news just came through from Logos:
We are about to begin processing Pre-Pub orders for Qumran Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls Database.
For a description of the resource, see here. Oh, happy day. 🙂
This week in the biblioblogosphere:
- Bob Cargill notes that, on December 11, the National Geographic Channel will re-air its special on “Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls.”
- Brian LePort hypertextually ponders Derridean non-extra-textuality and deconstruction, and he notes twenty-nine doctoral theses that the University of Durham has recently made available.
- Michael Bird shows how to benefit most from the new SBL Greek New Testament and notes that the new Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters now has its own blog.
- Google Editions are poised to hit the e-book market later this month and allow fee-based full access to copyrighted titles. For some additional details and thoughts, see Blog Kindle and Google Books Help.
For those who may have missed the original special or who might just want to relive it, the National Geographic Channel’s recent documentary on “Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls,” hosted by primarily by Robert Cargill, is available here.
Robert Cargill reports that a recent test conducted by Italian scientists suggests that the Temple Scroll’s papyrus was “cured using water from the Dead Sea.” Cargill also mentions a forthcoming test that could reasonably demonstrate a connection between the scroll’s ink and the water of the Dead Sea. Even if it does so, however, Cargill qualifies, “this still leaves open the possibility that both the inks and parchment were produced at Dead Sea industrial installations and exported to other areas (for instance, Jerusalem), [but] the preponderance of evidence (animals at Qumran, inkwells at Qumran, scrolls in caves near Qumran) would seem to support the continued suggestion that at least some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were produced at Qumran.”