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Rob Bradshaw’s full time job is librarian at Spurgeon’s College in London. But he also has a passion for making theology available on the Internet.
Here is the website you need to know:
Rob has digitized 40,000 articles from dozens and dozens of journals. Some you have heard of. Some you have not. But he has done his due diligence to contact the authors and/or their heirs to make sure he has permission to put their work on the web so that people across the world can see it.
In this time of Covid-19 when libraries are closed and resources are scarce, it is great to have access to these articles. They are cross-referenced by author, publication, topic, etc.
Rob has articles on a variety of disciplines: theology, church history, Old Testament, New Testament, and archaeology. The website above mentioned above curates and organizes the entire collection of digitized articles.
Now, Rob does this on the side, as a gift to scholars, pastors, and students. Access to the articles are free, but if you’d like to help him with some of the expenses, leave some money in the tip jar before you go.
During this Corona pandemic a lot of important work is being doing. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Katya Covrett as the New Testament editor for the Word Biblical Commentary (WBC). It has been one of my go-to commentaries for years. In fact, at where I work, the Lanier Theological Library, the WBC is one of the most sought after commentary series. The project has been led over the years by some great scholars whom I know and some I do not. My predecessors in this project are Ralph Martin and Peter Davids. It is a joy to add now my efforts to what has been done to make this and keep this a great commentary on the Scripture. Here is a brief announcement from Zondervan Academic. I hope you will take a moment and read it.
Professor Seyoon Kim is well on his way to completing the new commentary on 1 & Thessalonians. I should receive that this summer and will be working on it soon after.
More to come.
Joseph Shulam, Christian minister and Hebrew scholar who leads a messianic congregation in Jerusalem, shares how Jesus figures in the Talmud, a collection of rabbinic discussions from the 1st to the 5th centuries AD. He argues the negative reports among the rabbis actually corroborate aspects of the biblical accounts in the Gospels.
This will be the first podcast in a new series I am hosting called THE STONE CHAPEL. If you want information about that, let me know. It will appear soon on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other platforms.
The novel coronavirus (Covid 19) is wreaking havoc on peoples’ health, the economy and education. Most schools in the USA, if not all, are closed for now. This includes pre-schools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries. These closings are prudent for now. Schools that haven’t been online or only partially online are having to go fully online. Whatever technical resources they have are stretched thin.
The Lanier Theological Library closes today to the public out of an abundance of caution. We generally have about 30 patrons and visitors today. As people stay home, they want things to do and I have good news. There are some great sources online for research. I found one I want to share with you. There are so many great links and helpful suggestions. Thanks to Dr. Askin for his careful work.
Biblical Took Kit—created by Dr. Lindsey Askin, University of Bristol in support of biblical, theological and near eastern studies https://biblicaltoolkit.wordpress.com
Two of the major influences on Larry Hurtado’s work were a book and a friendship. The book was Alan Segal’s classic Two Powers in Heaven: Early Rabbinic Reports about Christianity and Gnosticism (SJLA, 25; Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1977). The book has been re-published twice to my knowledge, most recently by Baylor University Press (2012). Segal examined the rabbinic sources about early manifestations of what is called the “two powers” heresy in Judaism. Certain rabbis condemned these “heretics” (minim) who appear to be reverencing two deities, therefore violating one of the basic tenets of Jewish monotheism. Segal’s work is useful for understanding the complex interactions among Jews, Christians and Gnostics in the centuries that followed Jesus’ execution. Some of the Jewish heretics condemned may have been Jewish Christians. But as Hurtado noted, something more than beliefs about Jesus are being challenged; likely it had to do with the Jewish Christian propensity of reverencing Jesus in ways later rabbis deemed blasphemous.
The other influence was the friendship that struck up between Alan and Larry over the next few years. Alan endorsed the first edition of One God, One Lord (1988) and the second (1998). Alan and Larry came from two different worlds, but they became fast and good friends. Alan was a Jewish New Testament scholar from the Northeast. Larry was a Christian New Testament scholar from the Midwest, who loved Canada and his adopted home in the UK. They had much in common and much in difference, but the differences were made sweeter over time as they spent time together at professional meetings and in Larry’s and Shannon’s Edinburgh home.
Both Alan and Larry were founding members of the Early High Christology Club (along with Carey Newman and David Capes). In a future post, I’ll share the founding myth of the club.
In 2007 colleagues conspired to produce a Festchrift in honor of them both (Israel’s God and Rebecca’s Children: Christology and Community in Early Judaism and Christianity, Essays in Honor of Larry W. Hurtado and Alan F. Segal, eds. David B. Capes, April D. DeConick, Helen K. Bond and Troy A. Miller [Waco, TX: Baylor University, 2007]). Each were told they were writing an essay for the other in the others’ Festschrift. They didn’t know it was a joint Festschrift until the reveal in San Diego in 2007. When they realized what was happening, it was a great moment.
When Alan became “unwell” a few years later, we were all glad we had not waited a few years before we honored them with this volume. Carey, Larry and I flew to New York a few weeks before Alan died to visit him in the hospital near his home. As with all good friends, his death left a hole in our lives. We miss Alan, his quirky sense of humor and ability to order food in 21 languages, and now we miss his friend.