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Thursday, August 31, 2006  

Details of the Library 7 Standard Level

Yesterday I detailed the new modules in the new Library 7 Introductory Level. Today, I want to look at the new modules in the Standard Level. As we do, keep in mind that these new modules are in addition to the new modules included in the Introductory level which I talked about yesterday.

Once again, we'll start with the Bibles. The Greek New Testament Textus Receptus with Strong's Numbers (GNT-TRS) has been moved from the Premier Level to the Standard. Though not as powerful as a grammatically tagged Greek New Testament, you can search by Key number to find every occurrence of a particular Greek word, and can triple-click a word to look it up in a Strong's dictionary.

We've also moved the Spanish Bible La Biblia de Las Americas (LBLA) from the Premier to the Standard level.

Other new modules include:

Manners & Customs: Manners and Customs in the Bible by Victor H. Matthews is a modern work which gives valuable information about the social practices and customs mentioned in various Biblical episodes. It covers marriage customs, legal practices, methods of warfare, family life, and more.

Strong-Theology: Baptist theologian A. H. Strong's Systematic Theology.

Gill-Divinity: Baptist theologian John Gill's Body of Doctrinal Divinity deals with such systematic theological topics as the nature of God, His acts and Works, and the Doctrines of Grace. His Body of Practical Divinity explores the nature of private and public worship, church government, even the Christian's domestic and civic responsibilities.

Clarke-Theology: When we released the Library 6, we included a small tract by Wesleyan theologian Adam Clarke on Entire Sanctification. We included it mainly for the sake of theological balance, since we had added several theological works from a Reformed/Calvinistic perspective. However, one of our reviewers, who generally was very positive about the Library, rightly criticized the inclusion of this module as being too small to be of significant value. He recommended that we add Clarke's Clavis Biblica, which introduces the books of the Bible and the basic principles of Christianity, to make this module more worthwhile. So that's what we did. We have removed the module Clarke-Sanctification and have replaced it with Clarke-Theology, which includes both Clavis Biblica and Entire Sanctification.

Ephesians (Hodge): Princeton Professor Charles Hodge's in depth commentary on the book of Ephesians.

Evidences: Evidences of Christianity is an important apologetic work by the famous nineteenth-century apologist William Paley.

James (Manton): Puritan divine Thomas Manton's Exposition of the Epistle of James.

Maclaren's Expositions: Alexander Maclaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, covering Genesis through 2 Corinthians.

Tischendorf-Gospels: Includes two tracts by groundbreaking textual critic Constantin von Tischendorf on the date and origins of the Gospels.

Well, that's the new Standard Level. Tomorrow, we'll look at the new Premier level.

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