Monthly Archives: August 2009

Dropbox is a nifty tool for those who travel

dropbox_referral_ill_1 Dropbox allows you to store files at their site, but the best feature is the ability to sync the files on your desktop computer with those on your laptop. Before I leave home I put some of the files I am working with in my Dropbox. They are available online or on my laptop whenever I need them. If I make a change in one of the files on the laptop, the change is made on my desktop. If I add a new file in my Dropbox on the laptop that file will be in my Dropbox at home when I return. This program is really user friendly.

It is possible to create a share folder in your Dropbox that enables you to easily share files with a friend.

Here is how the features of Dropbox are described at their website.

  • Sync files across computers
  • Access files online from anywhere
  • Share and collaborate with others

You can get 2 Gb of space free by downloading Dropbox.

If you use the link below you will get an additional .25 Gb of space. Click this link to get Dropbox plus the bonus space.

I am enjoying this program and am pleased to inform my readers about it.

HT: Tyndale Tech.

Mount Hermon is a source of water

The land captured by Joshua and the Israelites included “Baal Gad in the valley of Lebanon at the foot of Mount Hermon” (Joshua 11:17). Today we call this valley to the east of Mount Hermon the Beka Valley. Some have suggested that Baal Gad might be the site later known as Paneas (now Banias), and later Caesarea Philippi. Dan is another important biblical town located at the foothills of Mount Hermon.

Source of the Jordan River at Caesarea Philippi. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Source of the Jordan River at Caesarea Philippi. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Brethren dwelling together in unity is said to be “like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion” (Psalm 133:3). Mount Hermon receives an annual average of about 60 inches of precipitation. In the winter the mountain is usually fully covered with snow.

The proximity of Mount Hermon to Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus was confessed to be the Christ, and where he promised to build the church, causes many scholars to suggest it as the “high mountain” of the transfiguration (Matthew 16:13 – 17:1-9).

Good deal on Bible study CD

From time to time I order Bible software from Rejoice Christian Software. I have no stock in the company, but am delighted to recommend some of their deals to others.

zondervant0310274486Rejoice has Zondervan’s Understanding the Bible Library 6.0 available as a special for only $35.95, less than the price of two volumes in print. You may read about the program details here, but you must go to a special link which I received by Email for the low price. Click here. The Email says it is o.k. to email it to a friend. This is my Email to you.

This program is published by Zondervan. Therefore it uses the Pradis format. This is the only way to get some of the Zondervan titles in digital format.

Here are a few of the significant titles in this program.

  • New International Bible Dictionary. Ed. F. F. Bruce.
  • New International Bible Dictionary. Ed. J. D. Douglas.
  • New International Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology. Ed. Blaiklock and Harrison.
  • New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties. Archer.
  • New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words. Richards.
  • Asbury Bible Commentary.
  • Five Bible versions.

It is unfortunate that I have to open my Libronix program and my Pradis program when I am researching something, but that’s the way it is. Yes, I already have most of these in print, but I love being able to search the entire book on the computer.

The offer is valid through August 22, 2009.

The Meeting of the Waters

Thomas Moore (1779-1852) is known as one of Ireland’s best writers. A little south of Dublin, in Wicklow County, the Avonmore and Avonberg rivers meet. Moore made this spot famous in his poem The Meeting of the Waters.

Where the Sweet Waters Meet. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Where the Sweet Waters Meet. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The Meeting of the Waters

There is not in the wide world a valley so sweet
As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet
Oh the last rays of feeling and life must depart
Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart
Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart

Yet it was not that nature had shed o’er the scene
Her purest of crystal and brightest of green
‘Twas not her soft magic of streamlet or hill
Oh No ’twas something more exquisite still
Oh No ’twas something more exquisite still

‘Twas that friends, the belov’d of my bosom were near
Who made every scene of enchantment more dear
And who felt how the best charms of nature improve
When we see them reflected from looks that we love
When we see them reflected from looks that we love

Sweet vale of Avoca! How calm could I rest
In thy bosom of shade, with the friends I love best
Where the storms that we feel in this cold world should cease
And our hearts, like thy waters, be mingled in peace
And our hearts, like thy waters, be mingled in peace

How fortunate is any person to have a special place to recall as a place of peace. I have enjoyed several of these places through the years. First, there is home. My study, when my desk is clean and it’s raining outside, is another. I think also of the Sea of Galilee at sunrise, or sunset. Spiritually we find peace in Christ.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NAU)

Great source for periodical articles

Rob Bradshaw, over in the UK, has a passion for making available good, scholarly articles from old periodicals. This isn’t as easy as it may sound. He must know the literature, be able to locate a copy of the journal, obtain permission from the author or publisher, scan it, OCR, put into Word format, put it into a portable format such as PDF, post it online, etc.

Most recently I have downloaded J. A. Thompson’s 1964 booklet, The Ancient Near Eastern Treaties and the Old Testament. It is true that I have a copy of this booklet in my library, but I like having the material on my computer for easy searching. A couple of evenings ago I noticed that John R. W. Stott’s The Preacher’s Portrait. Some New Testament Word Studies was available. Now I have a copy on my computer. Did I mention that Rob sometimes scans books? Recently he has made available Carl F. H. Henry’s Revelation and the Bible. There are some great chapters in that book.

Use the search box to locate authors in which you may be interested. There is material by Edward J. Young, F. F. Bruce, et al.

Follow the link to this treasure of significant material: BiblicalStudies.org.uk. Thanks Rob.

200th issue for Biblical Archaeology Review

bar_200_35040c100l-tYesterday I received the 200th issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. I have all issues of the magazine since that first small single color issue in March, 1975. When I bought the earlier issues in Libronix format for the computer I gave my paper copies to a young teacher.

Not everyone likes BAR. It has been a controversial magazine. No wonder. Editor Herschel Shanks has been controversial. But, I have enjoyed it all the way. I first met Herschel and his right hand gal, Suzanne Singer, at the ASOR meeting in New Orleans in 1979. I ate at the same round table with them, Prof. David Ussishkin, and Prof. William Sanford LaSor. Still, every time I see Herschel. I have to go through the introduction process.

Before BAR, unless we attended the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, we had to depend on the reports in Biblical Archaeologist for popular articles on archaeology. My recollection is that the magazine was often late and the photography poor. Agree or disagree about Shanks and the magazine, one thing is for sure. It has made biblical archaeology a popular topic.

More information about this issue, with an opportunity to buy and subscribe, may be found at the magazine web site: Biblical Archaeology Review.

This special issue of BAR contains the following features:

  • A first personal article by Gabriel Barkay on “The Riches of Ketef Hinnom.” It was during this excavation that Iron Age tombs were found, one of which contained the tiny silver plaque with the oldest known text of a Bible reference.
  • Photos by the late photographer David Harris.
  • Ten top discoveries.
  • BAR’s Crusades, like the one to get the Dead Sea Scrolls published.
  • Letters we loved.
  • Much more.

In typical Shanks fashion, we are told that “The best is yet to come!”

Luke Chandler’s interview on The Book & the Spade

Over the past month we have called attention to Luke Chandler’s Blog while he was working as a volunteer at the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation in Israel. Others have taken notice of his blog. Now Gordon Govier of The Book & the Spade radio program has interviewed Luke. There are two parts to the interview. Part one is already available on The Book & the Spade web site here. Part 2 will be available next week.

Luke’s report about the interview is here. Luke describes the interview:

The Book and Spade program is in its 26th year and has featured many well-known archaeologists and scholars, including Yossi Garfinkel (chief excavator of Khirbet Qeiyafa) who was interviewed on the program from Harvard last Fall. To put it in archaeological terms, I am not in the same stratum with these eminent scholars. I was invited to share my perspective as a volunteer excavator who participated in one of the hottest current digs.

The interview discussed a range of topics, from the experiences of a first-time excavator to the relevance of the site. It will be broadcast in two parts. Part 1 is freely available now, and for the duration of this week (August 11th and following). Part 2 of the interview will be broadcast next week.

Luke has been kind enough to supply me with several photos during his time at Khirbet Qeifaya. The photo below was made from Khirbet Qeiyafa (the Elah Fortress). Notice the bridge in the extreme right of the photo. That bridge is build over the bed of the Brook of Elah. The brook is dry except during the rainy season.

Elah Valley from Khirbet Qeiyafa. Photo by Luke Chandler.

Elah Valley from Khirbet Qeiyafa. Photo by Luke Chandler.

For the background of this whole story read 1 Samuel 17.