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RBL Review of Scholar's Library Silver Edition

Contributed by guest blogger Ken Ristau

The latest edition of the RBL Newsletter reports that there is a new Bible Software review:

Scholar's Library Silver Edition
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=4873
Reviewed by Jan Van Der Watt

While I think it is great that RBL is publishing reviews of Bible Software, I am disappointed by the nature of these reviews. This review and previous ones contain precious little information that couldn't be gleaned from a quick perusal of the producing company's website and, while this would be alright for a newspaper or a magazine review, a scholarly review should examine the accuracy and usefulness of the morphological databases and searches with them, provide benchmark tests, and display a greater awareness of the leading scholarly products from the competitors. The reviews by H. Van Dyke Parunak in JETS, which can be found through the reviews page of this website, are a good model for what I would expect from RBL and there are plenty of biblical scholars with the knowledge to do this sort of work.

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