The marvelous websites of Rob Bradshaw

There are some websites that are more interesting than others, some blogs that are more rewarding to visit than others, and some sites that are just impressive. I follow several via Feedly; highly recommended.

Today I just wanted to pay my respect and gratefulness to the site, established and upheld by Rob Bradshaw, a graduate of Bangor University and Mattersey Hall Bible College. Rob is passionate about Christian theology and church history and about making theological resources freely available for those who want them. This is currently being done in addition to a full-time job.

He runs several sites. Let me just provide his own description of these:

  1. hosts over 25,000 full text theological articles linked into bibliographies on each book of the Bible. It also covers such subjects as hermeneutics, biblical languages, criticism, language, etc. – in short almost everything connected with the Bible and its study.
  2. throws its net slightly wider, providing material on a range of theologies and theologians, as well as specific doctrines such as the Trinity, for example. The section on practical theology seeks to provide material on how theology is applied in daily life, in such areas as politics and ethics.
  3. covers church history until the rise of the medieval Papacy (c.600 AD).
  4. takes over where leaves off, covering church history from the rise of the Papacy to the time of the Reformation.
  5. – covers church history during and after the Reformation.
  6. provides material relating to the archaeology of the lands of the Bible.
  7. provides resources for students of Christian missions from the first Century onwards [currently under development].

The purpose of all this is (again in his own words):

To make high quality theological freely material available throughout the world, thus providing Bible teachers and pastors with the resources they need to spread the Gospel in their countries. This is achieved by:

  1. Digitising and uploading in co-operation with authors and publishers, rare and out-of-print theology books and articles. Over 32,000 articles are now available for free download.
  2. Providing detailed bibliographies for Seminary level students and ministers.
  3. Providing a single cross-linked resource made up of seven websites, some of which are under development.

What a purpose! What an achievement!


NotaBene 10 Plus offer

In connection with the recent annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta in November, The NotaBene company is offering conference-level pricing to anyone in the field of religion and to their friends. Anyone  interested in Nota Bene? The latest version, Notabene 10 Plus they can be ordered to reduced rates by entering group name “atlanta” at the top of our online order form or by going to this page:

New purchases of the NB Workstation (including Ibidem and Orbis) are 25% off and new purchases of Lingua or Archiva are 50% off. This is a good opportunity to begin using NB at a fabulous price. These prices are available until the end of 2015 — about 3 more weeks.

Strack-Billerbeck in English?

Strack-BillerbeckLOGOS (Bible Software)  has now put up a call for preorders on an English translation of the famous Strack-Billerbeck Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch. Every NT scholar will know this work, and while there are different opinions out there about its use(fulness), it surely should be considered a valuable tool,- if used carefully.

So far, it has only been available in German, and as many students – and even some scholars,-rumors say… – don’t read German, an English translation should be warrantable. It is now possible to pre-order this set, consisting of the three first volumes (dealing with the NT books, the Excurses are skipped), and in fact, I think the realization of the set is dependent upon a certain numbers of pre-orders. Here is their own description:

Lexham Press is pleased to announce the first-ever English translation of Hermann Strack and Paul Billerbeck’s Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch. Using the Pre-Pub process for this project allows us to invest resources in translating Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch only if there is sufficient demand. These books, previously available only to specialists, will soon be accessible to everyone. As the scope of the project becomes clearer, the price might increase, such as when we announce the translator and begin the work of translation. That means users who pre-order the earliest—with the fewest details available—will get the best price.”

From their relevant webpage, it looks like they are halfway to an acceptable amount of pre-orders.

But there is more to come; Logos has made available for pre-order also the Germaan 3 volome set (Vol 1-3) of Strack -Billerbeck, for those who prefer the German language, the ur-text so to say.. GO HERE for further information.

And, they are also offering the possibility of preordering the combined English and German volumes.

For those who know the Logos system (and those who don’t), it is interesting to know that these Logos versions will include the useful tagging system they use. Or to cite their own presentation again:

The Logos edition of Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash is completely indexed, giving near-instant access to any word or reference. The Scripture references are linked to your preferred Bible translation and appear on mouseover. Greek, Latin, and Hebrew words link to the language tools in your library, allowing you to access basic lexical information with a simple right-click.

So, if you want Strack-Billerbeck included in your Logos set-up, you know what to do. 🙂


Electronic Resources for Classicists

A tremendous resource is available at this address: Electronic Resources for Classicists
Developed and maintained by Maria Pantelia, University of California, Irvine. It has been added to my Resource Pages for Biblical Studies, in the subsection called Resources for studying the Greco-Roman world.

It contains links to electronic journals, bibliographical indices, course materials, e-text archives etc., etc.

New URL for TLG

The cryptic reference in the headline above refers to the fact that the site for Textus Lingua Graaecae (TLG) has received a new address, a new URL; now you can find the TLG at

Those who have worked with the ancient Greec literature, Philo included, will – hopefully – know the TLG. It is a tremendous source for searching and reading the ancient Greek literature between ca. 600 BCE and 600 CE.

The TLG Director says about the new site:

We are delighted to announce the release of the new TLG web site. Equipped with an expanded search engine and a host of new features, the new TLG represents a marked change from the earlier version.

Canon and text searches have been redesigned and expanded and new tools have been added. Included in this release are n-grams and statistical analysis, two research projects that we will continue to develop for years to come.

The new site will run concurrently with the previous version to allow users time to explore the new features.

Have a look at the site yourself; at the page you can read about the history of the TLG and a lot of other interesting info; and you can also go to the search function.


Philo texts in Bible Software

The last decades have seen an almost revolutionary development in the production and use of personal computers. Modern PCs, LapTops, reading devices like Ipad®, Android tablets and even smartphones have been developed to prove themselves  to be really great auxiliary means for serious students; the modern strong processors, internet access and the huge storage possibilities have made them excellent means for handling great amount of texts, as e.g., the texts of Philo.

Here is a list of where to find Philo in modern Bible Software programs:

Accordance© (, is a program for MacIntosch©* machines. Accordance 10 for Windows was available in 2013. They also have applets for Ipad©* and Iphone©*. Philo’s Greek texts and Yonge’s translation can be bought as an add on, or as included in a larger package. See here.

BibleWorks© ( is for Windows PC’s; Mac users require additional virtualization software. It claims to be “a tightly integrated collection of Bible software tools designed specifically for scholarly analysis of the Bible text.” Philo’s Greek texts and Yonge’s translation are included in the base package from Version 8 on.

Olive Tree, the Bible Study app, is available for a variety of platforms. It has Yonge’s translation of Philo’s works available as a free option, but the Greek texts of Philo are (not yet) included among their resources.

Logos Bible Software© (, was made for Windows PC’s, but they now also have a Mac version. Those who buy a package, will also have the works included available on Ipad©* and Iphone©*, and via a webversion. In addition, in 2011 Logos also started Vyrso©*, a reader accessory for Ipad, Ipod touch and Iphone for Logos Bible Software desktop application users. Logos is probably the program having the widest range of literature available in their packages.

Philo’s Greek texts and Yonge’s translation are included in some packages, and can also be bought separately. In addition Logos has accessible several other works dealing with Philo: see here.