CiteSBLHS for Windows

I know I’m a little late posting this, but I find this to be a very useful editing tool!  It’s a little clumsy at first, but after a few books, it gets easier.  Here is the blurb from SBL:

CiteSBLHS – A great program, written in Java, that allows one to create footnotes, endnotes, bibliographies, and maintain a library. After creating a new library, users can select the type of resource and enter the applicable information. The program will then display the information according to the SBLHS. Citations can be exported in either Rich Text format or Nota Bene Alt-Cit format. This program is helpful for anyone who uses the SBL Handbook of Style to write papers. This program requires Java 1.6, which is currently available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Please note: This program is still in beta. Please report any errors or submit any improvements or new features to Steffen Jenkins, the program’s author, who will be delighted to hear from you and can be contacted via the CiteSBLHS web site. While SBL has tested this program and has found it to be virus free as of 2-26-08, the link provided is off of our website. As such, SBL maintains no control over this code, and users must download at their own risk.

Installing CiteSBLHS on Windows.

Athanasius on the Canon of Scripture

The irony!

ἀλλὰ αἱρετικῶν ἐστιν ἐπίνοια, γραφόντων μὲν ὅτε θέλουσιν αὐτά· χαριζομένων δὲ καὶ προστιθέντων αὐτοῖς χρόνους· ἵνα ὡς παλαιὰ προφέροντες, πρόφασιν ἔχωσιν ἀπατᾶν ἐκ τούτου τοὺς ἀκεραίους.

via Athanasius on the Canon of Scripture.


But such are the invention of heretics, who indeed write them whenever they wish, bestowing upon them their approval, and assigning to them a date, that so, using them as if they were ancient writings, they find a means by which to lead astray the simple-minded.

Anyway, adding this to my Links for the Study of Religion and History list on the right hand side of the blog.

How We Understand Poetry (and Ancient Literature)

I think this works for modern and ancient poetry (and literature in general).

Hidden Messages and Exploring Our Matrix

James McGrath explores an oft-missed point on his blog about the portrayal of God in the Hebrew Bible.  It’s a short, yet interesting, read and one which deserves further contemplation.  Here’s a snippet:

This post isn’t about messages supposedly hidden in the Bible in “Bible code” fashion. But there is something in Scripture that is not strictly speaking hidden, and yet many of us fail to see it, at least initially.

What I’m referring to is this: In the Hebrew Bible, there seems to be very little concern that people say “the right things” about or to God.

Just a few passages that spring to mind in connection with this theme are Psalm 44:23, which asks God why he sleeps; Psalm 78:65, which describes God as like a drunk person awaking from an alcohol-induced stupor; and Jeremiah 15:18, which describes God as being like a deceitful brook or waters that fail.

via Exploring Our Matrix.

Calvin on Happiness

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