Five Year Anniversary

Because of my schedule I haven’t had the time to be able to post here recently, but I was just notified that today marks five years since I registered my blog on WordPress. Here’s to hoping I have more time in the future to blog!


SBL Course Packs

The Society of Biblical Literature is circulating an email announcing new “course packs” offered through University Readers. Basically, the packs collect a series of representative readings from publications within a specific field and allows the student to read them at a discounted rate (an article in an edited volume appears to average about $4). It appears to be aimed at instructors trying to put together curricula. Check it out.


Free Download: Lenzi & Stökl, Divination, Politics, & Ancient Near Eastern Empires

SBL has made the following volume available for free download here:

Here is the table of contents:

TOC

 


Housewarming Book Sale

I am in the latter stages of building a house for my family and me and am trying to scrape together funds to help furnish said house. As part of this housewarming campaign, I’m offering some books for sale. They’re pretty much all in great shape, although some have light to heavy highlighting or notes. If anyone is interested in anything below, let me know and we can negotiate something. My preferred method of payment is just an Amazon giftcard. (That’s where I’m getting a lot of the stuff for the house.)

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Jacob Wright’s Free Online Course on the Bible!

 

Jacob Wright

I am halfway through the first week’s set of lectures for Jacob Wright’s new free online course on the Bible entitled “The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose, and Political Future,” and I thought I would pause to share some thoughts. The course is hosted by Coursera and Jacob’s own institution, Emory University, and a certificate can be earned for completion of the course and the requisite quizzes (for those who wish; the quizzes are not mandatory). So far the lectures—which should take a couple hours a week to complete and can be viewed at the students leisure—have so far provided excellent historical and conceptual foundations for understanding the rise of Israel and the origins of the Bible. I would highly recommend the course to anyone interested in learning more about the history and future of the Bible. Check it out!


New SBL Texts and Resources Page

The Society of Biblical Literature has just launched a new Texts and Resources page for members that provides access to PDFs and online versions of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS), the UBS Greek New Testament (UBS4), the Rahlf’s edition of the Septuagint, and the Biblia Sacra luxta Vulgatam. Here is the page’s description:

The decades-long commitment of the German Bible Society has produced the staples that have nourished generations of biblical scholars and translators. The booklet Textual Research on the Bible highlights this work. Through a partnership with the German Bible Society, the reading texts (upper texts, without critical apparatus) of four editions are available to SBL members in several formats for download and personal use.

The PDFs of the full documents are quite large, but you can download one book at a time, or use the online version to copy and paste text into other applications. Here’s a screenshot of the page for the BHS:

BHS


Part 1 of Review of How God Became Jesus is up at Near Emmaus

Part 1 of my now-two-part review of Bird, et al., How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature is now posted at Near Emmaus. In this segment I respond only to the contributions of Bird, of which I am quite critical. Please have a look and feel free to comment here, there, or anywhere.


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