What is the Bible? How did it get to us? Why are translations so different? - And what might the Bible say to us today? From its very first pages, The Bible: An Introduction offers refreshingly clear answers to the most basic questions that first-time students and curious inquirers bring to the Bible. Without presuming either prior knowledge of the Bible or a particular attitude toward it, Jerry L. Sumney uses straightforward language to lead the reader on an exploration of the Bible's contents and the history of its writings, showing along the way how critical methods can help readers understand what they find in the Bible. Neither polemical nor apologetic, The Bible: An Introduction presents the biblical writings as the efforts of men and women in the past to understand their lives and their world in light of the ways they understood the divine.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Where did the timber for the Roman rampart at Masada come from?
Earlier studies claimed that the Judean Desert was much more humid 2,000
years ago, but a new study has revealed: The Romans reaching Masada faced
arid desert conditions that could not supply timber for their siege, and the
isotopic composition of the wood probably reflects a distant wood source.
The Roman Legion that lay siege on Masada some 2,000 years ago was forced to
use timber from other areas in the land of Israel for its weapons and
encampments, and was not able to use local wood as earlier studies have
proposed. This has been revealed in a new study conducted at the University
of Haifa, refuting earlier suggestions that described the Judean Desert area
as more humid in the times of the Second Temple.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
In short, it's a guide to help undergraduate students find their way in the world of religious studies, theology, and university more generally. There are chapters on everything from writing essays, to book reviews, taking exams, giving presentations, documenting sources (and avoiding plagiarism), writing comparative and exegetical essays, short assignments, evaluating sources, learning languages, and so on. I was tired of answering questions like, What are you looking for in a book review? What is an exegetical paper? How should I prepare for the exam? What do you want in my presentation? What is a primary source, secondary source, good source? and so on. There is also a chapter on what Religious Studies is (and how it relates to theology in the university), as well as one on how to approach/succeed in university as a new student. I know of no other guide like it.