Monthly Archives: May 2010

“Still Sola Scriptura: An Evangelical View of Scripture”

Here’s an outstanding article by Dr Jim Hamilton titled, “Still Sola Scriptura: An Evangelical View of Scripture”, recently published in a book titled, The Sacred Text: Excavating the Texts, Exploring the Interpretations, and Engaging the Theologies of the Christian Scriptures (ed. Michael Bird and Michael Pahl. Gorgias Précis Portfolios 7. Piscataway: Gorgias, 2010).

It’s wonderful that such a recent, high-quality book extract is available free online. It should prove very useful reading for all students. Check out the post on Jim’s blog here.

Andy Cheung
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For accredited, online and distance learning courses in Theology and Biblical Studies visit the KEDS website.

Genuine Fake Watches

My wife and I have just returned from three weeks’ holiday. During this time, we got to some interesting places including Rome, Istanbul, Corinth and Ephesus. As a Christian, these particular places were naturally of great interest to me. But yet again, I was struck by the superstition which still surrounds the Christian faith in so many places.

I’ve often thought the Church took a ‘left turn’ when Christianity was adopted by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century AD. From this point, the genuine article, the true faith, as revealed to us in the New Testament began to be swamped with worldly things. Pagan shrines and places of worship were ‘Christianised’, as were pagan festivals (such as 25th December). At the same time, the sudden acceptance and therefore ‘respectability’ of the faith created a demand, not just for places of worship, festivals and ritual, but relics and holy sites too. For example, whilst in Ephesus, we visited the tomb of St. John (though his bones have apparently been removed and taken to Rome). Nearby is the house where Mary, the mother of our Lord, lived out the remainder of her life (John having taken her to Ephesus with him). Such sites may or may not be genuine but of course, the tourist industry works hard to convince us that they are. In this are at any rate, ‘religion’ is still looked upon as a moneyspinner. Read more »

Student Supplement for The SBL Handbook of Style

Having trouble getting your references and bibliography formatted correctly? Here is a short and helpful guide to correct citation containing some of the essentials of the SBL Handbook of Style written especially for students writing papers in Biblical Studies.
http://www.sbl-site.org/assets/pdfs/SBLHS_SS92804_Revised_ed.pdf

This PDF is an abbreviated version of a thorough 300 page hardback volume titled The Sbl Handbook of Style: For Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Early Christian Studies. You can purchase the full version at http://www.amazon.co.uk/SBL-Style-Manual-Patrick-Alexander/dp/156563487X

BTW KEDS doesn’t require students use the SBL style only (other styles are allowed) but it is one of the most common referencing methods in Theology and Biblical Studies and is very suitable.

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For accredited, online and distance education courses in Theology and Biblical Studies visit the KEDS website.

No NET Bible update in 2010

One of our students recently pointed out that Bible.org has announced that the once-projected 2010 update of the New English Translation (NET) is no longer going ahead. In the 2005 first edition of the NET, the following statement was made in the preface, “The NET BIBLE text (notes excluded) has now been frozen for at least 5 years. The next set of upgrades and improvements is planned for release in 2010.” But now, the makers of the translation have decided that there will be no text revisions in 2010 or the near future. On reflection, I think this is perhaps wise: the translation as it stands is already outstanding and as Bible.org indicate, “a 2nd edition would generate a lot of turmoil with print providers and software publishers who use the NET Bible.” See the full announcement at http://bible.org/net-bible-update-2010

BTW I briefly reviewed the NET Bible a couple of years ago here

Andy Cheung is a lecturer in New Testament at King’s Evangelical Divinity School, a distance learning Bible college and Seminary in the UK.