Until a few weeks ago, COVID-19 was a distant problem that many discounted as superfluous to their life; it is a global catastrophe. No one today questions the relevancy of COVID-19 to their local community. The surge of articles, blogs, and news announcements are disorienting and often troubling. The virus has impacted every sector of the economy, social life, and human experience. This article focuses on COVID-19’s impact on higher education and proposes ways forward for students and educators.[Read more…]
Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, jobs are being posted at teaching institutions around the world. This is a good sign, as the situation at some point must resolve, and life continue, not “as normal,” but “as new.” The past few weeks have seen new job postings introduced from Bavaria to New Zealand, California to Maryland. Happy hunting, stay safe.[Read more…]
A number of publishers and resource providers have made their journal articles and books available freely on the internet during the present coronavirus pandemic. Steve Walton has compiled those which are relevant to New Testament Studies into an editable Google doc.
Anyone with the link can access the document, and others are invited to add links to other freely available resources for New Testament studies, so that we can help each other in the present situation.
Also, Logos is currently producing a Remote Learning Library that includes all Mobile Ed courses, all Lexham resources (including commentaries and monographs), a Classical Scholarship Collection, and some additional journals. Stay tuned for more, a link will be posted here soon.
Stay safe everyone, and let’s all use this time of isolation productively, both in our research and with our families.
by Andrew M. King, PhD
Dr. Tavis Bohlinger penned a very thoughtful response to my recent FTC article on first-year language students leaving their Greek and Hebrew Bibles at home during corporate worship. I heartily commend it to you. Thanks to Dr. Bohlinger, and others, for taking the time to read and engage! I have been encouraged by many who voiced their desire to magnify Christ and serve the Church using the biblical languages. With a grateful heart, I offer a few final reflections on the issue.[Read more…]
By Tavis Bohlinger with Mark Ward
Recently, gifted pastor/scholar Andrew King caused a stir when he published an article in which he argued, “Don’t Bring Your Greek or Hebrew Bible to Corporate Worship.”
I wish to make the opposite case: we should be encouraging students, lay leaders, language hobbyists, and precocious children in the church to bring their BHS’s and GNT’s (or Original Language Bibles) to church.[Read more…]
SCOTT N. CALLAHAM | BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, SINGAPORE
Browsing job boards for the biblical studies and theology fields can be a thoroughly demoralizing experience. The dwindling number of economically viable seminaries, divinity schools, and church-affiliated universities post meager and infrequent openings. Tersely worded clauses often mandate adherence to specific ideological or denominational agendas, discriminate against scholars who fall within certain demographic categories, require an implausible breadth of specialization and depth of experience, or simply list the limitations of contract jobs. Even worse, some “employment” opportunities carry the euphemistic label “self-funded.”[Read more…]
If you’re planning on doing serious research in biblical Hebrew this year, or preaching from the Old Testament and planning on spending many hours in the original Hebrew, then consider pre-ordering any of the following upper-level academic resources currently gathering interest in Logos.
Resources in Logos that are currently “gathering interest” are pending publication on our digital platform until a certain number of orders are placed. Pre-order deals are a special opportunity to get in early on a book or collection in Logos, and pay a reduced price compared to the cost post-publication. They represent good value for the busy scholar or pastor.
Here’s a short list:
Brill Hebrew Reference Collection (5 vols.) – Brill is renowned as one of the preeminent publishers of biblical studies resources in the world. This elite collection includes a lexicon of Late Biblical Hebrew and a comprehensive encyclopedia of the Hebrew language. The complete history of the Hebrew language is presented, with a focus on Late Biblical Hebrew. With Brill’s collection, you can study Hebrew’s linguistic evolution, and track its diachronic developments through history.
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic Update (7 vols.) – This fine collection from Eisenbrauns includes monographs, collections of essays, and text editions informed by the approaches of linguistic science. Languages covered include Hebrew, Aramaic, Ugaritic, and more.
Learning Biblical Hebrew Interactively (2 vols.) – Interested in teaching Hebrew to your next class using the interactive method? The foundation for Paul Overland’s exciting work is the theory and practice of Second Language Acquisition (SLA). Students work through the book of Jonah actually communicating in Hebrew. A worthy choice for those whose Hebrew has slipped, and want to dive back in using a fresh approach.[Read more…]
How’s that New Year’s resolution going? You know, the one you made last year, too? Didn’t you resolve to read Hebrew and Greek for 10 minutes each every morning? Or was it 20 minutes?[Read more…]
Robert Smith Jr. on Cultivating Imagery to Satisfy the Narrative Mind
In the twenty–first century world of theological education, preaching can seem an antiquated exercise that no longer speaks well to a culture immersed in social media and increasingly skeptical of the role of religious proclamation in the public square. But what is theological teaching without biblical preaching? Enter Robert Smith Jr., the Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, who has spent a lifetime preaching so as to teach, and teaching so as to help others preach. Smith spoke recently with Didaktikos editor Douglas Estes about visual teaching and the importance of theological conversation partners.[Read more…]