Reviews by Sean Reed
December 4, 2011  | 10:43 AM  |  Fantastic (5)
Comfort's textual commentary provides an excellent introduction to textual criticism issues in the New Testament. It is my first stop when confronted by a variant (even before Metzger's excellent commentary). This commentary is logically laid out, provides just enough information in each discussion without overwhelming, and deals with the translation of each variant in a variety of English translations. Additionally, the introductory articles are great introductions for a pastor or lay-person ...
Comfort's textual commentary provides an excellent introduction to textual criticism issues in the New Testament. It is my first stop when confronted by a variant (even before Metzger's excellent commentary). This commentary is logically laid out, provides just enough information in each discussion without overwhelming, and deals with the translation of each variant in a variety of English translations. Additionally, the introductory articles are great introductions for a pastor or lay-person unfamiliar with textual criticism.
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December 4, 2011  | 10:38 AM  |  Fantastic (5)
When I was in seminary, I had electronic access via the library's web portals to a variety of biblical studies journals including the Journal of Biblical Literature. With the click of a mouse (okay, quite a few clicks) I could pull up relevant articles related to the topic of study at hand (okay, I could pull up hundreds of articles and then wade through them to discover relevant ones). Now that I'm back in pastoral ministry and no longer a university student, I don't have the same access. But ...
When I was in seminary, I had electronic access via the library's web portals to a variety of biblical studies journals including the Journal of Biblical Literature. With the click of a mouse (okay, quite a few clicks) I could pull up relevant articles related to the topic of study at hand (okay, I could pull up hundreds of articles and then wade through them to discover relevant ones). Now that I'm back in pastoral ministry and no longer a university student, I don't have the same access. But I do now have Accordance's Journal of Biblical Literature module which includes volumes 100 - 125 of the respected journal.

Accordance takes searching journal articles to a whole new level. Because of Accordance's trademark fields search capabilities, I can search a total of fourteen different fields for hits ranging from Scripture references, article titles, authors, language fields (Greek, Hebrew, Coptic, Syriac, or Arabic), etc. I can even combine multiple fields into one search (up to five at a time) to unearth just the right article. Rather than wade through hundreds of potential articles, I can now zero in, with just a few clicks and keystrokes, on exactly the information I need.

Even if you are not a scholar, I recommend the Journal of Biblical Literature module from Accordance. As a pastor, I find the scholarly engagement challenging and thought provoking. Interacting with some of the best scholarship of the past twenty or so years broadens my understanding of, and appreciation for, Scripture.
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