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

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.

Search Crystal — Search Engine Eye Candy

I just stumbled upon this nifty little tool that helps you visualize the results of a particular search spread over several different search engines. I have not had time to experiment with it much, but below is an example of a search for “biblioblogging.” Note that Hypotyposeis’ entry on “Biblioblogging and Book Writing” is marked by all five search engines, hence it has a five-sided “crystal.” Claude Mariottini’s entry on “The Disintegration of the Biblioblogging Community” is covered in four search engines, hence the four-sided crystal. Wave your cursor over any particular search engine on the outer perimeter, and the hits from that particular engine are displayed.

Biblica 88.1 (2007) – James 4:1-4

Biblica 88.1 (2007) has just been released to the web. It features an article on James 4:1-4 and the “two ways” tradition. Here is the publication info and abstract:

H. van de Sandt, «James 4,1-4 in the Light of the Jewish Two Ways Tradition 3,1-6» , Vol. 88(2007) 38-63.

The author of the Letter of James accuses his readers (Jas 4,1-4) of being responsible for war, murder and adultery. How are we to explain this charge? This paper shows that the material in Jas 1,13-21; 2,8-11 and 4,1-4 is closely akin to the teknon section in Did 3,1-6. The teknon section belonged to the Jewish Two Ways tradition which, for the most part, is covered by the first six chapters of the Didache. Interestingly, Did 3,1-6 exhibits close affinity with the ethical principles of a particular stream of Rabbinic tradition found in early Derekh Erets treatises. James 4,1-4 should be considered a further development of the warnings in Did 3,1-6.

Access article online (PDF)

I don’t have any time to read this one… I’ll have to put it on my post thesis reading list. Well, I can hear the whip cracking. I would rather avoid the sting, so I better get going… Back to the thesis!

Patrick’s Classic on the Historical James

William Patrick, James the Lord’s Brother. Edinburgh:T&T Clark, 1906.

This classic work on the historical James the Just is available at the Internet Archive as a 35MB PDF! I’ve only had time to peruse this work in the past. I’ve had other pressing matters to deal with, but I have planned to scan this work post-thesis, but now I don’t have to. I hope to OCR the text and make it a part of the Old in the New site in html.

Update: A rough OCR version is now available HERE.

Patrick’s James the Lord’s Brother – rough draft in HTML

Previously I posted on finding a PDF scan of William Patrick’s James the Lord’s Brother (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1906) on the Internet Archive (see previous post). The work is still available as a 35MB PDF, but I have done a rough scan and edit of the work into HTML (AVAILABLE HERE).

This is a very rough scan. I have not proofread it, and the formatting of verse references used in the original text did not scan well (as of now there is no dividing punctuation between all chapter and verse numbers). This draft has other formatting issues with italics, etc. So, be sure to check this scan against the PDF. Also, the Scripture and subject indexes are neither formatted nor proofread.

I’ve assigned “anchors” to all page numbers, so if you’re interested in citing a particular page in this document, just add # followed immediately by the page number in the document url. Example: will take you to pg. 98 (Ch. 5 on “The Epistle of James”).

Again, for the sake of any Luddites, here are a few links for obtaining a paper copy of Patrick’s work: Open WorldCat / Amazon / / Bookfinder

*After looking around a bit, I also found F. J. A. Hort’s Judaistic Christianity (London: Macmillan, 1894) on the internet archives. Perhaps I will be able to OCR scan this and make it available as well.

Sale on Sacra Pagina James Commentary

Patrick Hartin’s commentary on James is on sale at Eisenbrauns.

Regular price: $39.95
Sale price: $21.22
To expensive? Find it in a library.

Written for the Sacra Pagina series (Liturgical Press), this commentary represents a career’s worth of quality scholarship on the Epistle of James. Hartin has established himself as a top-notch James scholar, authoring several important works, including: James and the Q Sayings of Jesus, A Spirituality of Perfection in James, James of Jerusalem: Heir to Jesus of Nazareth, and several related articles.

Don’t miss your chance to purchase an inexpensive copy if you’re interested in quality James scholarship. As of 11:59 pm, 11 January 2007, there are only 6 left!

Doriani’s Reformed Expository Commentary on James

P&R Press is set to release Daniel M. Doriani’s commentary on James in the Reformed Expository Commentary series in January 2007. Here is P&R’s blurb, complete with an endorsement by the king of blurbs, J.I. Packer:

With 59 commands in 108 verses, the epistle of James has an obvious zeal for law. In his imperatives, James directly communicates the royal law, the law of King Jesus (2:8). Thus, the hasty reader will not see much of the gospel in James. But as Doriani reveals in his insightful commentary, the double mention of God’s grace at the rhetorical climax of the book shows that the gospel of James is the message of God’s grace for sinners.

“Well-researched and well-reasoned, practical and pastoral, shrewd, solid and searching, this is a truly Jamesish exposition of James’s letter, top-class in everyway.”

JI Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College

Pages: 216
Binding: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-87552-785-7
Publication Date: 1/2007

Doriani is Senior Pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also Adjunct Professor of New Testament and former Dean of Faculty at Covenant Seminary. Doriani has posted the lectures and notes from his class on “Hebrews to Revelation,” including a few lectures on James:

Hebrews Conclusion; James: Introduction PDF HTML PDF
James 1: The Trials of Life PDF HTML PDF
James 2: Good Works Demonstrate True Religion PDF HTML PDF
James 2-5: Justification in James PDF HTML PDF
James 3-5: Rhetorical Analysis & Structure PDF HTML PDF

I look forward to reading this “Jamesish exposition.” If anyone knows any more information on this commentary or series, post a reply.

SBL/ETS papers on James by Mariam Kamell

Mariam Kamell, PhD candidate at St. Andrews (Scotland) and fellow blogger (theGreekGeek), has been kind enough to let James the Just host two papers that she presented at the recent SBL and ETS meetings in Washington D.C.:

Thank you Mariam, for letting James the Just host your papers.

Sayings of Jesus in the Epistle of James, by Dean Deppe still available…

Dean Deppe, professor at Calvin Theological Seminary still has a few hard bound copies of his dissertation for sale.

Deppe’s dissertation is on “The Sayings of Jesus in the Epistle of James” and it has been cited by scholars as one of the most important works on James’ use of Jesus’ teachings in the Epistle. For instance, Richard Bauckham notes:

Deppe’s very thorough study (unfortunately not easily accessible and so not used by most scholars writing subsequently) probably takes this method of approach to the relationship between James and the Gospels as far as it can be taken (see pg. 117 in “James and Jesus” [pgs. 100-137 in The Brother of Jesus: James the Just and His Mission; eds. B. Chilton & J. Neusner; Louisville, KY: W/JKP, 2001]).

When I first announced that Deppe’s book was available, I noticed that according to WorldCat, only 23 libraries owned the text. Since that post, at least 11 libraries have purchased copies for their own shelves. There are only a few copies left for purchase.

The details of publication are as follows:

The sayings of Jesus in the Epistle of James / Dean B. Deppe.
299 p. ; 26 cm.
Chelsea, Mich. : Bookcrafters, 1989.
Thesis completed at Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam, 1989.
Open Worldcat Record

Dr. Deppe is offering copies of the dissertation for $25.00, plus $5.00 shipping & handling.

To order a copy, contact Dr. Deppe at or send a note to:

Dean Deppe
1731 Ridgemoor SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Latest Expository Times on James

The latest Expository Times is out, containing two small articles and one review pertinent to the Epistle of James. Marilyn McCord Adams challenges Luther’s critique of James in “Faith and Works or, How James is a Lutheran!” (pp. 462-464 / PDF). Donald McCorkindale presents a great set of children’s activities/lessons taken from the Epistle in “Children’s Ministry: Thoughts with James” (pp. 465-466 / PDF). Paul Foster in his book review, “Studies on James” (pp. 481 / PDF) reviews the collection of essays edited by B. Chilton & C. Evans, The Missionsof James, Peter and Paul: Tensions in Early Christianity (NovTSupp 115; Leiden: Brill, 2005).

NOTE: PDF links above are available only with personal or institutional subscription.

Thanks to Michael Pahl for the heads-up.