Check it Out!

Click here to see Prof. Emanuel Tov's master list of electronic tools for Old Testament textual criticism. 

Bible Secrets Revealed or History Distorted?

Check out the following links for a series of responses to the History Channel's new documentary Bible Secrets Revealed.

Michael J. Kruger - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Killing Jesus

See the following links for a review of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book Killing Jesus: A History.

Anthony Le Donne

Internet Guide to Religion

Check out this helpful teacher's electronic resource site from the Wabash Center.

Princeton Theological Seminary Puts Books Online!

Check out this link for the Theological Commons, which is a digital library of 76,717 books and journals on theology and religion, including 26,783 volumes from the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Reviews of Reza Aslan's Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of  Nazareth

Click here for Dr. Craig A. Evans' review of this controversial new book.  Also, see Dr. Darrell L. Bock's review at The Gospel Coalition, John Dickson's review at Religion and Ethics blog at abc.net.au, James McGahey's review at McGahey's McMusings, and Dr. Craig Blomberg's review at his blog New Testament Musings.  

Take a STEP in Bible Study!

STEP, Scripture Tools for Every Person, is Tyndale House’s ongoing project to make the best resources for biblical studies freely available to everyone who needs them.  The goal is to make the tools capable of working on phones and low-spec computers (even with intermittent or no internet access). The STEP Project aims to grant all believers access to a wealth of resources previously only available to specialist scholars. STEP represents a major development in Bible study.  Check it out here.

A Review of The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom

Click here for a recent review of Candida Moss' controversial book on early Christian martyrdom.  Also, see Dr. Ben Witherington's review at his blog.

New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room

Click here to check out a new site devoted to the study of Greek New Testament manuscripts. From the NTVMR homepage, this is a site where scholars can find the most exhaustive list of NT manuscript resources, contribute to marking attributes about these manuscripts, and find state of the art tools for researching this rich database.

A "New" New Testament?

Check out the following links to read scholarly responses to the recently released A New New Testament.  This collection of texts, touted as the "Bible for the 21st century," is a collection of writings that includes ten "newly discovered" texts in addition to the twenty-seven canonical texts of the NT.  The collection was chosen and assembled by Hal Taussig and a team of eighteen scholars and religious leaders, including Jesus Seminar member John Dominic Crossan. 

Paul Barnett - A New New Testament

Michael J. Kruger - Review of a "New New Testament": Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Tag Team with Michael Horton.

Michael Horton - A New New Testament? and Inventing My Religion

Daniel Wallace - A New New Testament: Are you serious?

For information on the formation of the New Testament canon, check out Ten Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize by Michael J. Kruger.  Another helpful site is 4Gospels.com.

Scholarly Response to "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife"

In response to the recent, sensationalistic claims regarding a newly translated papyrus fragment that refers to Jesus' wife, please visit the following links:

Scholarly Response to: The Jesus Discovery: The Resurrection Tomb that Reveals the Birth of Christianity

In response to the recent claims of Dr. James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici in their new book The Jesus Discovery, please check out the following links:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooley Center iMac Computer 

The Cooley Collection is now pleased to offer a full complement of sophisticated exegetical research programs accessible on a new iMac in the Cooley room. A significant investment has been made in the purchase of Accordance 8, one of the premier Bible software programs. A host of high quality Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic resources have been made available. These fully-searchable texts are invaluable resources to anyone studying the cultural and linguistic background of the biblical texts.

For scholars of the Old Testament, the Cooley Collection now offers the complete biblical manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, multiple versions of the Septuagint (including the Cambridge Septuagint apparatus), Aramaic and Hebrew Inscriptions, the Targums, the Samaritan Pentateuch, and the Ugaritic Databank. For scholars of the New Testament and early Judaism, the sectarian documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Mishnah, the works of Josephus, Philo and the Old Testament Apocrypha/Pseudepigrapha are available, in addition to grammatically tagged versions of both Vaticanus and Sinaiticus. Specialists in early church history will find Greek and English versions of the Apostolic Fathers, a collection of apocryphal Gospel texts, and Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History. In addition to Accordance 8, other notable programs are installed on the iMac, including BibleWorks 7 and Logos 4. The Soncino Judaic Classics Library has also been installed, giving access to rabbinic literature including the Soncino Babylonian Talmud, Mishnah, Midrash Rabbah and the Zohar. PDF versions of Jacob Neusner’s translation of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds have also been installed.

Advanced students and researchers wishing to use the new computer resources may do so by appointment, which can be made by contacting the library director, Dr. Robert Mayer (bmayer@gordonconwell.edu), and the Cooley Center fellow, Rev. Mark Poe (mpoe@gordonconwell.edu) by email. Requests should include a description of the research project and the estimated length of time needed for research. Dr. Mayer and Rev. Poe will schedule your appointment and arrange for brief training in use of the computer and its resources.

Interested in Becoming a Patron?

The Robert C. Cooley Center is dedicated to exploring the historical foundations of the Christian faith. Achieving this end involves historical, literary, and archaeological research into the origins of both biblical and Christian faith and practice. Patron support is crucial to the continuing work of the Center. Your support is used to fund the bi-annual newsletter, the yearly lecture series, as well other projects and areas of research conducted by the staff at the Center. If you are interested in supporting this important work, please contact Dr. Rollin Grams at 704.527.5842 or at rgrams@gordonconwell.edu.