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Bible Software and Bibliographies

Mark Goodacre notes some of the articles published in the Denver Journal. The first one he mentions is New Testament Exegesis Bibliography, compiled by C. L. Blomberg and William W. Klein. Fairly standard list, with lots of good books. But my question is: why isn't there a single reference to any Bible software, multimedia software, courseware or such like? Does this mean that there is no single software tool that deserves to be recommended? It baffles me that this should still happen in 2004. Come on, ladies and gentlemen! there are currently some excellent applications that scholars and students should not only know about, but use extensively.

Update (a few hours later...): Mark left a comment, which he repeats in an update to his original post, where he aptly points out something I failed to mention: Internet resources. These are increasingly becoming a vital part of any research project. I guess the whole point of this thread is that we should wave to a good number of people and say: "Hey, welcome to the 21st Century!"

More... David Lang emails me with some helpful observations: "I think many people shy away from citing electronic resources in their research because they're unsure how to do it. For example, how do you specify a page number in a footnote or bibliographic citation if you're dealing with an electronic resource?" Well, a simple Google search returned a number of useful links on citing electronic and online resources. The Columbia Guide to Online Style seems to be a good one, although there are a number of them. Also, let's remember that many high-end Bible software packages include different bibliographic formats that users can just copy and paste. As for the comment that "even if a student or scholar properly cites an electronic resource, most of that student's professors or that scholar's peers may not KNOW the conventions for citing electronic resources, and so may regard such sources of information to be less credible or more difficult to verify than good, old-fashioned books", I think that's exactly the point I was trying to make. Many people have not made the "switch" to electronic-based research yet, and it's about time we all did. Beginnings are always difficult, and standardized citing conventions may still be in a state of flux, but we have to hang in there. I believe we have to encourage the use of digital tools, and apply to them the same critical thinking approach we should use when we work with any other sources.


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