The NeXt Bible Project has made available a pre-release version of the NeXt Bible web study toolkit, based on the NET Bible. A very nice and helpful web-based Bible research and study tool.

In their own words, “the ‘NeXt Bible’ project is the next generation of the NET Bible study toolkit and interface for anyone wanting to use the NET Bible in their study of God’s word. Here, you can learn, explore, and even participate in building the future!! Help us to help you — to provide you not only the NET Bible and Trustworthy Bible Study Resources — but to provide you with innovative Bible study interfaces and tools.”

You can read all about it here. This page explains how to use the NeXt Bible. The final release version is expected to be up before the end of the year. Do check it out!


Review of NA27 in SESB

The current issue of TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism, Volume 11 (2006) includes a review of NA27 and its critical apparatus in the Stuttgart Electronic Study Bible (SESB), written by Jan Krans. The PDF document can be downloaded here.


Spam in Forums and Blog Comments

Forum spam and blog spam are on the rise. Ideally, we would all like to keep spammers out of our virtual life, but absolute protection is impossible if you want to have some degree of feedback from your readers and interact with them. For instance, it would be very easy to put all comments on moderation, or force everyone to register and get approved before posting a comment or participating in a forum thread, but since I don’t want to do that at this point (at least not right now), I have to spend some time every single day cleaning up the forum and some blog comments, which is quite unfortunate.

Receiving lots of spam emails every day is a real pain, but getting spam in forums and blog comments si simply nauseating. I really hate it, and since I don’t read any of those messages – be it emails, forum threads and/or registrations, or blog comments -, please be sure to use a real name and a meaningful subject line, or else your post will be immediately and unmercifully trashed.