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Postgraduate Trinity students are available to access a wide range of journal articles online in PDF format. To do this it is first neccessary to have registered at Bristol University Library (Arts and Social Sciences) and to have received a username and password. Once this has been done the easiest way to get things going is to change the proxy settings on your internet connection. This can be done for you automatically by clicking here. Once this has been done return to the bristol university library webpage and you should be asked to put in your username and password.  Your computer is now setup to access online journals. There are a number of ways to find appropriate journal articles. Some students use J STore. Alternatively you can just go straight to journal websites if you know what you are looking for. ie. Journal for the Study of the New Testament. Once articles have been downloaded they can be printed off. On my Apple Mac I use the free pdf software called Skim which allows you to take notes on PDFs and highlight the text.

Of the making of bibliographies there is no end. Thanks to bibliography software this task becomes signifcantly easier and less time consuming. Some people us the old favourite called EndNote which is great but is expensive. I use the free piece of software called Zotero.

Zotero requires that you have installed  firefox web browser. I reccomend downloading the beta version of zotero as this allows you to sync your library on mulitiple machines and means that if your computer breaks your zotero library is safe.  I highly reccomend this free piece of software. I would advise though that it better to import bibliography details from academic libraries (such as Oxford) rather than through amazon or google books.

Google Books and Google Scholar are powerful and growing websites  which can be searched. They are often my first port of call when lookign for books and articles in my research area.  If a book is quoted I often type the quote into google books and i can read the surrounding context of the citation.

There are a number of different options of Bible programs for the scholar. Some people prefer a free online Bible which works within your web browser. However, the best option is to download bible software onto your machine. This will allow you to use the program when not online. E-Sword is a free bible program which is pretty good (considering it is free) for general english bible searches and using it like a high speed exhaustive concordance. However, the best option (except it costs money) is to go with either Accordance (for Mac only I think), BibleWorks or Logos. Detailed review of these products can be found here. I use Logos and Trinity Students are able to receive a  significant discount by going through this link .  You can add books at a later stage and it is possible to buy such delights as Word Bib Commentaries, Anchor Bible Dictionary, Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics, IVP Dictionaries.  It can be expensive (depending on what you get) but they do have a payment plan which can spread the payment over several months for only a few extra pounds. Please see me if you would like advise, a demo or anything else.

For those with a mac I do recommend taking a look at Scrivener

Here are a few random websites which I visit. Some are better than others….

I don’t use Word but use OpenOffice and NeoOffice instead. They are free.

Free Don Carson and John Piper Books

N.T Wright Articles,Videos and Mp3

Wayne Grudem offers an mp3 course through his systematic theology.

Spotify. If you like to listen to music but don’t have money to buy CDs.

For free theology and biblical studies lectures in Mp3 format try here, here and here.

Student Discount on a Mac

Free PDF version of decent English translation of the Septuagint

New Testament Gateway

For those interested in New Perspective on Paul

Free commentary by Don Garlington on Galatians

For those interested in Reformational Philosophy

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Gordon Fee on Revelation

Thanks to M.Bird for the link

The brilliant scholar Gordon Fee is interviewed about his new commentary on Revelation. Click here for link

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For His Name’s Sake

Over the last few  weeks I have been thinking  about the nature of God and askign myself why he does what he does.  Tonight I sat down and with the help of logos bible software looked up and meditated upon every verse in the bible (ESV) which uses the words ‘name’ and ‘sake’.  I found  that in the NT the church is called to suffer for his name’s sake. In the OT we see that God calls, creates, judges, leads, saves for the sake of his name. Furthermore we see that  prayers, particularly in the Psalms, often appeal to God to act for the sake of his name. I encourage you to take a few moments to read prayerfully through the following verses.  Sola Deo Gloria!

1 Sam 2:22

. 22 For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.

1 Kings 8:41, 2 Chronicles 6:32

41 “Likewise, when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a far country for your name’s sake 42 (for they shall hear of your great name fand your mighty hand, and of your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this house,

Psalm 23:3

He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness

for his name’s sake

Psalm 25:11

For your name’s sake, O Lord,

pardon my guilt, for it is great.

Psalm 31:3

For you are my rock and my fortress;

and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;

Psalm 79:9

Help us, O God of our salvation,

for the glory of your name;

deliver us, and atone for our sins,

for your name’s sake!

Psalm 106:8

Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,

that he might make known his mighty power.

Psalm 109:21

But you, O God my Lord,

deal on my behalf for your name’s sake;

because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!

Psalm 115:1

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,

for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

Psalm 143:11

For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!

In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!

Isaiah 45:4

For the sake of my servant Jacob,

and Israel my chosen,

I call you by your name,

I name you, though you do not know me.

Isaiah 48:9

9 “For my name’s sake I defer my anger,

for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you,

that I may not cut you off.

10 Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;

I have tried1 you in the furnace of affliction.

11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,

for how should my name2 be profaned?

qMy glory I will not give to another.

Isaiah 66:5

Hear the word of the Lord,

you who tremble at his word:

“Your brothers who hate you

and cast you out for my name’s sake

have said, ‘Let the Lord be glorified,

that we may see your joy’;

but it is they who shall be put to shame.

Jeremiah 14:7

“Though our iniquities testify against us,

act, O Lord, for your name’s sake;

for our backslidings are many;

we have sinned against you.

Jeremiah 14:21

Do not spurn us, for your name’s sake;

do not dishonor your glorious throne;

remember and do not break your covenant with us.

Ezekiel 20:9

9 But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, in whose sight I made myself known to them in bringing them out of the land of Egypt.

Ezekiel 20:14

But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, win whose sight I had brought them out.

Ezekiel 20:22

22 But I withheld my hand and acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out.

Ezekiel 20:44

44 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name’s sake, not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the Lord God.”

Ezekiel 36:22

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came.1

Daniel 9:19

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”

Matthew 10:22

22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. but the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Matthew 19:29

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.

Matthew 24:9

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.

Mark 13:13

And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Luke 21:12

2 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake.

Luke 21:17

17 You will be hated by all for my name’s sake.

Acts 9:16

6 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”

Romans 1:5

through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,

1 John 2:12

I am writing to you, little children,

because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

3 John 7

For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.

Revelation 2:3

I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you

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I have spent the morning reading through the back end of the book of Deuteronomy alongside  Christensen’s Commentary in the WBC series. 29:27 reads ‘Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, bringing upon it all the curses of this book.’. I found his comments quite challenging.

The effects of sin are felt in the productivity of the earth itself. In recent decades we have been reminded again and again of other results of “sinning against the land.” In Bangladesh the wanton consumption of trees for fuel has produced ecological disaster of enormous proportions, with ensuing floods devastating the land year by year. As self-centered exploiters turn their back on the stipulations of God’s covenant and cut down the rain forests of the Amazon valley with no thought except personal gain, the ensuing erosion washes away millions of acres of fertile soil. And other powerful forces of ecological disaster are released, which we only partially understand, with potential to harm human life throughout the entire world. The destruction of tropical rain forests in Borneo and other distant lands appears to be intricately linked to the arrival of the El Niño weather phenomenon—which in turn is linked with devastating floods, drought, hurricanes, and other so-called natural disasters. The price we pay for breaking God’s covenant is exile from the land. This is as true today as it was in ancient Israel.
Christensen, D. L. (2002). Vol. 6B: Word Biblical Commentary : Deuteronomy 21:10-34:12. Word Biblical Commentary (727). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

May God have mercy on us! May the church of Christ arise, strengthenend by the Spirit, to bring blessing to the nations!

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Thanks Steve for the link

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I have battled my way in the last few weeks half-way through this important study by Douglas Campbell. This book offers a serious challenge to justification by faith, whether one takes a ‘Lutheran’ of Wrightian New Perspective.  It offers a new paradigm rather than a new perspective.

I was pleased to see hear that a recent discussion of this book at SBL is available to listen to. It involves a discussion of this book from Gorman, Moo and Torrance with questions from Hays and Wright. Here is the link Thanks to Andy Rowell for making this audio available to those who couldn’t make SBL.

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The award winning Encyclopedia Judaica is available online for free

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The latest volume of Themelios is out which contains a review of N.T Wright’s Justification:Paul’s Vision and God’s Plan by a man called David Mathis from a place called Bethlehem Baptist Church. I thought that sounded familiar so I googled his name and discovered that he is the executive pastoral assistant to John Piper.

That is pretty weird….

Given the seriousness of this interchange between Wright and Piper you might have thought that they may have asked a reviewer who didn’t work for Piper. As it turns out, and there is no surprise here, it is quite a negative review. I do wonder if Piper may have had a hand in it….

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The Death of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark

The purpose of my last few months of research has been to explore, within the narrative of the gospel of Mark, the link between Jesus’ death and the Temple.  This link is clearly to be seen at the surface level of the passion narratives where the  Temple and the  cross are fused together in the closing stages of the Markan narrative. For instance, Jesus at his trial, which leads directly to his execution, is  falsely accused of saying that he would destroy the Temple sanctuary ( ναὸν) and replace it with another (14:58). This accusation is repeated during the crucifixion  in the form of mockery  (15:29) and at the point of death the link between Jesus’ death and the Temple is made explicit, ‘for a single instant…. we [the reader] are transplanted from Golgotha to the Temple area, and then back to Golgotha’ when the veil of the Temple was torn (ἐσχίσθη)  in two (15:38).

The attached paper (click on title above)  seeks to explore these themes.

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Almighty God, you planted in the heart of your servant William Tyndale a consuming passion to bring the Scriptures to people in their native tongue, and endowed him with the gift of powerful and graceful expression and with strength to persevere against all obstacles: Reveal to us your saving Word, as we read and study the Scriptures, and hear them calling us to repentance and life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

tyndale

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