First Five Dead Sea Scrolls Now Online

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The Israel Museum has just announced that the first five scrolls of the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project are now available in an amazing digitized collection.  This project allows "users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible. Developed in partnership with Google, the new website gives users access to searchable, fast-loading, high-resolution images of the scrolls, as well as short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history."

The five Dead Sea Scrolls available include the Great Isaiah Scroll, the Community Rule Scroll, the Commentary on Habakkuk Scroll, the Temple Scroll, and the War Scroll.

Online Bibles and Bible Study Tools

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Recently on a Christian librarian email list that I subscribe to, the discussion turned to online study Bibles.  In a flurry of replies, here's the list of favorite online sites:

Bible Gateway
The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online -- all in the language or translation of your choice! It provides advanced searching capabilities, which allow readers to find and compare particular passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

Bible Study Tools
Bible Study Tools gives Christians of any age and at any stage the opportunity to read, study, understand, and apply the Bible to their lives. With free devotionals, study guides, helpful articles, and rich personalization functions, visitors to Bible Study Tools will be able to make the most of their Bible study time, and unlock its meaning for their lives in new and important ways.

Blue Letter Bible
BLB includes 18 Bible versions, commentaries, audio/visual, lexicons and dictionaries, maps, etc.  The KJV includes Strongs Concordance, Thayer's Dictionary, etc.

HCSB Study Bible
The HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible) Study Bible has been carefully developed and designed for study Bible readers with more than 15,000 study notes, 290 word studies, 141 photographs, 62 timelines, 59 maps, 24 articles, 16 illustrations and reconstructions, 15 charts, 3 Bible reading plans, and much more.

NetBible (new) & NetBible (classic)
The NET Bible ™ Learning Environment offers the most comprehensive set of free resources available online, including commentaries, articles, word studies, original biblical languages and cross references all integrated into a system that empowers you to carefully study the Word of God and to prepare your teaching lessons quickly.

Unbound Bible 
Multiple versions, many languages, able to display parallel versions.  Hosted by Biola University.

YouVersion provides interactive access to 41 translations of the Bible and includes customizable reading plans, social networking, and the ability to sync your account between your computer and mobile phone.

All-in-One: Bible Versions and Translations 
The All-in-One Biblical Resources Search is divided into the following six sections: Bible Versions and Translations, Greek New Testament, Biblical Resource Sites, Ancient World & General Academic and Religion.

Seminary Masters' Theses now in TREN

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Last week the library sent our first seminary masters theses to the Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN).   TREN is a library of over 10,000 theological thesis/dissertation titles representing research from as many as 70 different institutions. Titles may be ordered online through their search and order system.

Congratulations to our MDivs:

Thomas Pittman -- The Church’s Relationship to the New Covenant

Pierre Rosa --  Holier Brethren: A Biblical Analysis of the Implications of the Charismatic Doctrine in Brazil

Justin Windham -- The Role of Repentance in Salvation

New and Improved Scripture searching in ATLA Religion Db with ATLASerials!

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This just in from EBSCO (who brings us the ATLA Religion Db with ATLASerials).  They have improved the Scripture searching feature of ATLASerials. 

"With the new authority file, users can browse the books of the bible in canonical order and drill down to the chapter, then verse level. Selecting an entry at the book, chapter, or verse level will execute a search for all records indexed with that book, chapter or verse.  EBSCO has also added an expanded scripture reference searching for records indexed with a scripture range. 

For example, if a user selects Acts in the new scripture authority and drills down through Chapter 1 and elects to search Verse 5, they will return records indexed with Acts 1:5, as well as records indexed with Acts 1:1-11 or Acts 1:1-15:35. .... The old way was a a flat scripture authority file that displayed scripture references in alphabetical order and required users to search for exact scripture references indexed in a given citation."

Go to  ATLA Religion Db with ATLASerials & login.  Click on the Scripture link (blue bar on top of page).  This will open the ATLA Hierarchical Scripture Authority file.  If you click on the book of the Bible, e.g. Genesis, the database will search for all articles that are indexed for Genesis.  Clicking on [Expand] will take you to more specific chapters, then verses of Genesis.  This updated search automatically includes the ranges of Scripture contained within your verse selection.

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