Clippings Backlog

I keep track of all the blogs I subscribe to via Bloglines, which I have found to be a very useful tool. My Feeds section currently runs at just over 35 blogs or so. I must say I do manage to keep up with most of the posts and threads than interest me (well, sort of), but there is one thing I can’t seem to get under control: the number of saved clippings keeps growing and growing. I originally saved them in the hopes of getting back to them and writing a follow-up post here, but I now realize that most of them are “old hat” by the time I get round to reading them again. So, what do I do with those clippings? Am I the only one in biblioblogdom who’s got this problem? I guess I’ll have to reset the counter to zero by the end of 2005…

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About Biblioblogging Session at SBL

I am not at SBL, in fact I am thousands of miles away from Philadelphia. But thanks to fellow bibliobloggers I can get a feel for some of the things that are going on there.

Most bibliobloggers are sharing their thoughts on the various meetings they attend, and I have been particularly interested in their reports on the recent session about biblioblogging. Apparently it went really well, according to AKMA, Mark Goodacre, et al. (sorry folks, I can’t link to everyone who’s blogging on this!)

One thing I find worth noting: now that we have pretty much agreed on the name (bibliobloggers has become the standard), we seem to be facing an identity crisis or sorts. Who can really (and I mean really)
be categorized as a biblioblogger, given the fact that there are as many different styles and outlooks as there are bloggers? There is no easy answer. As a matter of fact, I doubt there is an answer at all. I would dare say, however, even at the risk of contradicting myself, that it has a lot more to do with the ultimate purpose behind blogging than with the actual content or personality of the blogger. I’m not wanting to imply that content is not important. It is. What I do want to suggest is that what turns a blog into a biblioblog and not something else is the motivation and goal one imposes upon himself/herself when it comes to setting up a blog and following a blogging “career”.

Take BSR, for instance. This may surprise some of you, but, truth be told, I couldn’t care less about software per se. It only interests me to the degree that it becomes a useful tool that enables me to pursue my passion: biblical studies (in the broadest sense of the word). That’s precisely the reason why I consider it to be a biblioblog, even though the content itself may sometimes appear to be foreign to the academic study of the Scriptures.

Well, what do you think? Am I way off here, or is this a valid argument in the midst of current discussions about the nature of biblioblogging? I’m interested in your thoughts…

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Bible Software and Word Studies

Mary Hinkle Shore’s excellent online resource Into the New Testament, which I have already recommended, includes a very useful section on word studies. One particular page describes how to perform word studies with BibleWorks, which happens to be a widely used Bible software package at Luther Seminary.

Bible software is frequently used to perform word studies, so I suggest you read the whole section, even if your electronic Bible concordance of choice is a different one.

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Bible Study Tools Online (and Offline too!)

Turpin Library, Dallas Theological Seminary, has a helpful article on Bible Study Tools Online. The title can be a bit misleading, though. It does review web resources like StudyLight.org, Bible Study Tools, Perseus, Blue Letter Bible, The Unbound Bible and Bible Gateway, but it also comments briefly on Logos/Libronix, BibleWorks and Accordance.

Online and offline Bible software serve similar purposes but meet different needs. This is likely to change in the future, as the line between “online” and “offline” becomes increasingly blurred. In the meantime, the classic distinction remains pretty much the same (with some notable exceptions). So, it is good to know what resources are available at any given time, whether it be on the web or on our computers.

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