Open Source Digital Academic Resources From Around the Web

I love it when good scholarly resources become available to the general public for free.  When the sources are digital and open access, then I am a happy man.  So in the spirit of that sentiment, I thought I would share a few resources with you folks.

Duke University has made their dissertations available to [...]

Paulo Freire and the Bankruptcy of A Banking Concept in Education

This week I began to re-familiarize myself with the Brazilian educator/philosopher/liberation theologian Paolo Freire.  I checked out Pedagogy of the Oppressed from a local library.  I became aware of Freire’s philosophy indirectly by reading various books related to ethics and justice in one of my graduate programs.  If memory serves me correctly, Bruce Birch’s book, [...]

The Importance of Reading Handwritten Manuscripts

Often when students learn to read ancient (i.e. biblical) Hebrew texts, they do so through a very cold and sterile medium.  We learn to read the language from clean modern type-faced critical editions of biblical texts, such as those found in the BHS/BHQ/BHK.[1] This method is fine for 1st year students of the language, but [...]

I Hate Normal Flashcards: Towards a New Solution for Biblical Hebrew!

There, I said it!  I don’t like flashcards and I never did.  My loathing of these ubiquitous scraps of paper likely stems from my elementary school days, but now I can more clearly articulate why I don’t like them. 

Standard vocabulary flashcards don’t provide a context, and context is one of the most important building [...]

Some Thoughts on Attending a Seminary . . .

During the Fall semester, if this blog was a house, then it would have been condemned crack house.  No posts have resided in it until now.  This was my final semester at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and it was a crazy one at that.  I graduated with two master degrees (Old Testament & Religion).  These degrees have allowed me the [...]

My Final Semester Class Load

For my final semester at GCTS, I will be taking four(ish) courses.

Exegesis in Proverbs 5 (directed study under Dr. T. Petter)

I believe that this will be a great experience, which will give me the chance to augment my research in this chapter even further.  The hope is that at the end of the course I [...]

A Tradition Ended at Oxford

Oxford ends one of its coolest academic traditions, the entrance exam essay based on a single word (read the full story, here).  I had heard the horror stories of the single word essay, and it quite frankly has always interested me.  I love the idea of no constraints – free writing with one’s imagination as [...]

I am thankful for…free resources

Well, I am thankful for many things: family, friends, housing, food, education (really far too many things to list).

I am now pretty sure, you will be thankful for the following free resources:

Encyclopedia Judaica (HT: Mark Hoffman) EDIT: This resource is only available for JCC members living in Austin.  Sorry for the false advertising.

Language and Cognition: [...]

Want to Take a Class with Goldingay? Here's your chance…

I just discovered today, through Nijay Gupta’s blog, that John Goldingay has put three graduate level courses on iTunes University.  For those who are not familiar with Goldingay, he is an Old Testament scholar who teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary.  He has most recently completed one of the largest Old Testament Theologies in English.  He [...]

Article or Book Suggestions Welcomed and Greatly Appreciated!

Hello everyone,

I just got clearance to take an guided independent research course this semester with Dr. Niehaus.  We will be exploring the theories behind metaphor, imagery and symbolism, and then specifically connecting these theories to Proverbs 1-9.

Below are a list of sources that I have so far (I would really like more books on theory):