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Holman QuickSource Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls by Craig Evans

This helpful book was brought to my attention by Jim Hamilton over at his blog. It’s written by Craig A. Evans, Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, Canada. Don’t let the ‘QuickSource’ name mislead you: this is nearly 400 pages although happily it’s written in an easy to read manner (it’s not a dense academic treatise). There’s a good review of it over at the Amazon.com website and if you want a preview, check it out on Google books.

Andy
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For accredited, online and distance learning courses in Theology and Biblical Studies visit the King’s Evangelical Divinity School website.

Free book online: J. I. Packer, Truth & Power: The Place of Scripture in the Christian Life

J. I. Packer, Truth & Power: The Place of Scripture in the Christian Life, Harold Shaw Publishers, Wheaton, IL: 1996.

A friend once asked me where my interest in Bible translation originates and my answer was that it stems from the doctrine of Scripture. A great place to understand the place of the Bible is Packer’s excellent little book, which is now available for free online at http://www.ccel.us/packer.toc.html
Here is the blurb on the back cover:

In the face of theological upheavals and trendy philosophies, J.I. Packer boldly challenges the church to keep the Bible and keep to the Bible. Through centuries of use, abuse and disuse, the Bible remains the foundational document of the Christian faith.

In this book the author offers a masterful overview of the doctrine of Scripture. Beginning with the authority of the Bible, he then considers how it has been challenged through church history. In addition he examines the unity of the Bible, methods of interpreting it and the role the Bible must play in preaching. Through all of this Packer demonstrates how the Bible offers each Christian the spiritual essentials of life, health and peace.

Here is a careful and colorful restatement of the grand truths about God’s Word and the church.

Dr Packer is Professor of Theology at Regents College in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Free online course: Introduction to the Religion of Islam

The excellent website www.biblicaltraining.org is providing a free online course taught by Dr. Timothy Tennent, formerly of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and now President of Asbury Theological Seminary.

This course is an introduction to the religion of Islam. There are 24 separate lectures totaling approximately 16 hours. These lectures were given at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. There is also a summary course for this class.

Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to provide an introductory study of the structure, beliefs and practices of Islam. Special emphasis will be placed on a study of the theology of the Koran. The student will read and study the entire Koran along with important selections from the Hadith, Shari`a material and Sufi writings. The actual historical manifestations of contemporary Islam will be explored with a special emphasis on Islam in the African context. Throughout the course there will be a concern to demonstrate how Islamic thought is different from Christian thought and how the gospel can be most effectively communicated to members of the Islamic faith, the second largest and fastest growing religion in the world today.

See the link here http://www.biblicaltraining.org/introduction-islam/timothy-tennent

(HT: Justin Taylor)

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

Online Journals

Rob Bradshaw has created a helpful table of contents for the online Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal. In Rob’s own words, “There are some good articles on the interpretation of Genesis and King James Onlyism for those with an interest in those subjects.” There is also a good deal else of interest: check out Rob’s comment here.

Whilst I’m at it, here’s a quick plug for Themelios which is generally underused by students in essay writing. It’s not part of our subscription journals package which is presumably why it’s underused among KEDS students but it is free online and contains numerous outstanding articles. Helpfully, they offer the online version in HTML, PDF and iPaper – visit their website here. The journal describes itself as, “an international evangelical theological journal that expounds and defends the historic Christian faith. Its primary audience is theological students and pastors, though scholars read it as well.”

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

“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.

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.