Website of the Week: Barna Reveals Top Trends for 2011

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At the beginning of each year we tend to look backwards to gain perspective on the past year's events and trends.  Barna Research Group has just posted their top six trends from 2011

  • Changing Role of Christianity
  • Downsized American Dreams
  • Millennials Rethink Christianity 
  • The Digital Family
  • Maximizing Spiritual Change 
  • Women Making it Alone
These would all make interesting topics for research papers!

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.

1,000 Bookmarks on Delicious

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Well, we've done it.  One thousand websites have been added & tagged on the social bookmarking site Delicious.

I add websites to Delicious using student and faculty recommendations, reviews in journals, etc., & pure serendipity.

Some of my favorite sites are:

American Memory  -- from Library of Congress.

Making of America  -- a digital library of primary sources in American social history primarily from the antebellum period through reconstruction

Christian Classics Ethereal Library  -- A digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education.

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