OT in the NT with BibleWorks

Mark Vitalis Hoffman of Luther Theological Seminary has put together a tutorial on the use of the Old Testament in Matthew 4:4. In this PowerPoint tutorial, he demonstrates how to use BibleWorks 7 to investigate the various issues with interpreting the OT in the NT. (See his blog post.) I have not had a chance to check out the presentation, but given that the topic is on “oldinthenew” and BibleWorks (2 of my favorite things), I figured that it would be good to give everyone a heads up.

I hope we see more of this kind of tutorial in the future.

Link: OT in the NT: Matt 4:4-Learning to work with resources

Cowley & Neubauer’s Hebrew Sirach

MSBI’ve made a PDF scan of Cowley & Neubauer’s The Original Hebrew of a Portion of Ecclesiasticus (XXXIX. 15 to XLIX. 11) together with the Early Versions and an English Translation followed by the Quotations from Ben Sira in Rabbinical Literature (Oxford: Clarendon, 1897).

The Hebrew text represents part of Manuscript B. This version has been usurped by more modern presentations of the Hebrew text of Ben Sira (the most handy edited by Pancratius Beentjes).* Still, Cowley & Neubauer’s edition is handy as it presents the Latin text in one section and the Hebrew, Syriac, Greek, and an English translation of the Hebrew in another. The Syriac is particularly pesky to track down, so you can at least get some sense of what’s going on in Sirach 39:15-49:11 using this text. Two plates are included, though they are scanned black and white and are not of a good quality.

I’ve provided two versions. The first is easier to read on the screen, as it presents the Hebrew text in correct order, and it contains bookmarks to various sections. The second version is meant for printing, and when viewed on the screen the Hebrew pages will scroll in reverse. This second version allows you to print the text double-sided and get a pretty decent facsimile of the original.

PDF Downloads:

*Beentjes, The Book of Ben Sira in Hebrew. A Text Edition of all extant Hebrew Manuscripts and A Synopsis of all parallel Hebrew Ben Sira Texts (VTSup 68; Brill: Leiden, 1997). The Brill edition is quite expensive, but SBL has reprinted it in paperback.

UPDATE 3 August 2007: Broken link to “print version” of Cowley & Neubauer fixed.

Do you use Google for research?

On ATLANTIS, a librarian asked for advice on instructing faculty on using Google Books and Google Scholar for research and other things academic.

So, here’s the question for the bibliobloggers. How do you use Google Scholar / Google Books? Have you come across any serendipitous discoveries in your field while using either service? What about using Amazon’s A9 or Microsoft’s Windows Live Search? How would you convince your colleagues to start using these resources?

See also David Instone-Brewer’s TyndaleTech January 2007 and March 2005, as well as Roy Ciampa’s list of books on Amazon & Google at ViceRegency.com.

UPDATE (2 August 2007): I had forgotten about Danny Zacharias’ SBL Forum article, “The Wired Scholar.” There he highlights Google Books, Google Scholar, Google Notebook, Google Docs and LibraryThing. He also mentions in his comments to this post his Online Biblical Studies Journals Search.

ten reasons why to drop your cell phone

I’ve never had one, and as long as I can, I never will. Now I’ve got ten reasons not to! Rob Beschizza at the Wired Blogs Gadget Lab has given “ten reasons why to drop your cell phone”:

  1. It makes your life more complicated
  2. It’s horribly expensive
  3. It enslaves you to a one-sided contract
  4. It makes you perpetually available
  5. It is boring
  6. It must constantly be recharged
  7. It knows where you are
  8. It encourages stupid people to become a public menace
  9. Ubiquitous pleather accessory shops
  10. It turns you into a public annoyance

For the complete list and his explanation, see his post.

“Lay aside every weight” and get rid of your cell phone!

(HT Lifehacker)