SBL New Testament

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For my study and use, Accordance 9 is top notch, and I use it daily.

But sometimes, access to my computer is limited. Hence this new product from a joint work between SBL and Logos Software is a valuable new edition to Biblical studies, especially on the go.

I haven’t had a chance to look at it in depth, but from the initial review, it should be a good resource for all users of the Greek.


Press Release for SBL:

Free critically edited Greek New Testament propels biblical scholarship forward

BELLINGHAM, WA—October 28, 2010—The Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software announced today the release of The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition (SBLGNT), a critically edited Greek New Testament.

For the first time ever, students, teachers, pastors and laypeople throughout the world can access a reliable, critically edited version of the Greek New Testament for free electronically. And because the SBLGNT has a generous end-user license agreement and doesn’t require proprietary fonts, users can easily interact with and share the text at no cost.

With the work of textual criticism far from complete, there is a continual need for fresh research and analysis. The SBLGNT, edited by Michael W. Holmes, utilizes a wide range of printed editions, all the major critical apparatuses, and the latest technical resources and manuscript discoveries to establish the text. The result is a critically edited text that differs from the Nestle-Aland/United Bible Societies text in more than 540 variation units.

In addition to the free electronic edition, the Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software also offer a reasonably priced, professionally produced print edition of the SBLGNT, which includes the full apparatus of variant readings from the NA27 and the four primary editions on which the SBLGNT is based.

To find out more about the SBLGNT or to download a copy, visit


God’s Word – combined single/double column format

I received a review copy from Baker Publishing of the newest layout of the God’s Word translation. Well done!

While there are still some changes I would like to see in the translation itself, I have been very pleased with what Baker has done from a publishing perspective. This latest change maintains a primary layout feature of GW, namely the single column format. But at the same time, narrative sections could be harder to read due to long lines, font size, line spacing, etc. This GW Thinline Edition solves this problem by combining the best of both worlds.

“Books that are primarily prose are presented in two columns to create shorter easier-to-read lines, while books that are primarily poetry are single-column to preserve parallelism, a key element of Hebrew poetry.”

This edition fails in two areas (I use “fail” in the sense of the stated purpose): 1. A primarily prose book contains some poetry, then the poetic line is shortened, and GW has the same problem as most two column Bibles (Exodus 15:1-7). 2. A quote of poetry within a prose book (Romans 3:10-18).

Aside from this minor area, I really like the format. The best of both worlds for reading — and understanding.

Thanks, and well done.

AALC Pastors’ Retreat

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Wow! What a week we had in St. Louis! Dr. Richard Eyer, Rev. Steve Unger, and Nancy and David Guthrie spoke about Pastoral Care and Care of the Pastor. Exceptional presentations, Biblically right on target, and spiritually and emotionally engaging people who are not afraid to speak of the tough issues of life without yielding to sentimentality or despair. We could not have asked for better presenters or food for thought. Watch for further summary statements in the AALC magazine, The Evangel ( — Nov/Dec issue).

I had reviewed one of Nancy Guthrie’s books on Amazon last year (Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow). I was impressed by her down-to-earth approach to suffering, which was reflected in her approach to Scripture. Having now met her in person and hearing her speak, I have even greater respect for what she has endured, but even more, how she holds herself to the Word of God in assessing all that has happened. In other words, the bigger perspective of Scripture overshadows our individual troubles and issues, no matter how devastating the circumstances.

Well done, Dr. Eyer, Steve, Nancy, and David!