Off-Campus Oxford Handbooks Online Ready

Thanks to John Merritt, off-campus access to Oxford Handbooks Online is ready to roll.

Head over to the databases page, and you will see it in the New Databases section on the right side of the screen and in its permanent home in the O-section. Click the link, log in with your normal SBTS login information, and you are good to go.

At the top of the Oxford Handbook Online page you will see a Browse by Subject section. You have access to the religion, philosophy, and history handbooks.

Go ahead and save a bookmark to this address, and next time you can go straight to the login page:

SBTS Library Oxford Handbooks Online

Good news for SBTS students: I was just informed that SBTS students now have access to the religion, history, and philosophy Oxford Handbooks online. If you are on campus, you can navigate directly to, and explore to your heart's content. Off campus access is on the way. When it is ready, off-campus students will access the site via the SBTS library databases page. (Update: off-campus access is ready to roll.)

These should be the most used resources the library owns. No matter what paper you are writing, you should find help in the Oxford Handbooks. There are 66 handbooks listed in the religion category, 73 in philosophy, and 40 in history. Each handbook contains in-depth surveys and fantastic bibliographies.

Tolle lege.

Last Day of the Summer Hebrew Reading Group

This was the last week of our Hebrew reading group. The purpose of the group was simply to encourage students to read Hebrew during their break. The goal was to come each week having read three chapters in Genesis, to bring a question or two, and to be ready to translate when called on.
On average 5-6 students came, and in my opinion this was a win. The smaller size of the group created an atmosphere where everyone felt comfortable asking questions and making comments. It would have been fun to have 20 come each week, but for the most part we met in July and we were reading Hebrew. If few seminarians actually learn to read and enjoy Greek, then a minuscule percentage do the same with Hebrew.

Each week I took screenshots of the text in Accordance’s iOS app, and I compiled a notebook of the images in GoodNotes. I cast the screen of my iPad to a TV on the wall using AirPlay. When a question arose, everyone was able to look up and see me annotate the images to illustrate the explanation I or another student offered. All this took place in GoodNotes.



I was able to sit at the tables with students and facilitate, but when the time came to teach, instructions could be given in a way that all could easily see. This method of facilitating, I think, was another factor that contributed to the comfortable atmosphere and the open discussion we were able to have, despite the wide variety of Hebrew reading experience in the room each week.

I hope the library continues to allow us to do these Greek and Hebrew reading groups each summer. It was my pleasure, and the students seemed to be encouraged, as well.

OT Exegesis LibGuide

I created an Old Testament Exegesis LibGuide for the library at SBTS. The guide is intended to help students find resources in the library as they work on their exegesis papers.  Clicking on the title of any book on the LibGuide will take you to a WorldCat page where you can see the book’s call number and more.
Some exegetical assignments require students to work through a text-critical problem. The Text Criticism page should be particularly helpful as it lists the resources students need to consult in order to put together a table of witnesses. The Hebrew Bible Texts page links to electronic copies of the Leningrad codex (B19a) and the Aleppo codex. Note that I have also listed a table of contents to help students navigate the pdf of Leningrad. The Academic Journals and Old Testament Background pages were adapted from Joseph Kelly’s Old Testament Resources LibGuide.

It’s a work in progress, but if you see any glaring omissions please let me know. All of our library LibGuides can be accessed via the LibGuides link on the left side of the library homepage.

Related Post: Dead Sea Scrolls LibGuide.

Dead Sea Scrolls LibGuide

I created a Dead Sea Scrolls LibGuide for the library at SBTS.

A LibGuide is a webpage that highlights key resources on a particular topic and guides students as to where they can find these resources in the library. For instance, if you click on Discoveries in the Judaean Desert under the “Texts” tab, you will be directed to a WorldCat list of all 40 volumes, and there you can see each call number. The home page highlights Fitzmyer’s Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls, a book that will help students navigate the major publications. I added a brief annotation to each featured resource.

I will continue to build up the guide as time permits. For future reference, there is a LibGuides link (second one) on the left side of the library home page. There you can see several other LibGuides on topics such as Baptist history, Patristics and Early Christianity, etc. Several others are in the works. I’m currently working on one for Old Testament exegesis and one for Septuagint studies. I hope this is helpful for at least a few curious students!

Related Post: OT Exegesis LibGuide