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Carnell Butler | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Nov 19 2010 5:26 PM

I am hearing that journals are great to have for sermons perperation. What are some good journals to buy?

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Peter Bongers | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 19 2010 6:15 PM

Hello Carnell

To date, I have purchased all of the Theological Library offerings, and have been most happy. You can follow this link to see what's available for purchase. For my money, the Vol. 1-10 library is a good place to start (if you have the budget), or you may choose to purchase one of the later volumes to get a good idea of what's included.

Cheers

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 19 2010 6:39 PM

Carnell Butler:
I am hearing that journals are great to have for sermons perperation.

I don't know where you heard this from, but I for one don't benefit from the journals I have for sermon preparation. They are more helpful for me when teaching books and topics and when researching subjects. They also help me keep up with current  issues in theology and Biblical studies. Perhaps the various archeological journals might help more with actual sermon prep but I don't have them.

Carnell Butler:
What are some good journals to buy?

I have the ones Galaxie has produced over the years. In addition I have Christian History magazine, Discipleship magazine, Semeia, and maybe one or two others. The Galaxie collections have been of the most value to me.

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 19 2010 7:14 PM

Carnell Butler:

I am hearing that journals are great to have for sermons perperation. What are some good journals to buy?

I would recommend the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures and the Journal of Biblical Literature.

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 19 2010 7:16 PM

I have all the journals published in Logos. It's fair to say that I don't use them every week in sermon prep (I bought them primarily for my doctoral work). But perhaps one in 5 or one in 10 sermons require digging deeper than even the critical commentaries permit, and then the journals can come in handy. (Tyndale Bulletin, for example, has some fabulous articles on 1 Corinthians 8-10). If you preach less often (and therefore have more time to prepare), or preach to a very theologically-minded congregation, then YMMV.

Personally, I've never once found Semeia helpful for sermon prep. I'd go with the recommendation of 1-10 of TJL if you can afford it. In my view the most useful journals for preaching are JETS, Tyndale Bulletin, Themelios, WTJ, Trinity, Grace, BibSac, in that order.

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 19 2010 7:56 PM

Mark Barnes:
... In my view the most useful journals for preaching are JETS, Tyndale Bulletin, Themelios, WTJ, Trinity, Grace, BibSac, in that order.

You didn't include the Evangelical Review of Theology in that list, Mark? It would rank 3rd in the list of what I actually use most (after JETS and Tyndale.)

 

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Jerry Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 20 2010 5:39 AM

I'm one who uses the Journals continually. They offer great resources in "specifics." Whereas the commentaries move through the text, a journal will delve into key issues and particulars that commentaries just don't have the time/space to explore. I speak/teach every week and they're part of every study I do! Highly recommended, needless-to-say, I have them all!

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 20 2010 6:26 AM

Allen Browne:
You didn't include the Evangelical Review of Theology in that list, Mark?

No. It is a good journal, but has quite a wide focus. For example, there's lots of article on mission and culture and social action. Important topics, but normally when I turn to a journal in sermon prep, I'm looking for exegesis of a text, or an exposition of a complex point of systematic theology.

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Donnie Hale | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 22 2010 7:09 AM

A couple more questions about the journals available for Logos (I'm specifically looking at http://www.logos.com/product/3582/theological-journal-library-vols-1-10 right now.

1) Is this still only available as a CD/DVD and not available for iPod / iPad?

2) How integrated is it into the overall L4 application? Will journal articles show up in "Cited by"? Searches (if so, what kind), etc.? Maybe more to the point, are they more like monographs in terms of some of their constraints?

Thanks much,

Donnie

 

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 22 2010 7:34 AM

Donnie Hale:
Is this still only available as a CD/DVD and not available for iPod / iPad?

As far as I know, it is only available as CD, but I'm seeing all the journals on my iPhone.

Donnie Hale:
2) How integrated is it into the overall L4 application? Will journal articles show up in "Cited by"? Searches (if so, what kind), etc.? Maybe more to the point, are they more like monographs in terms of some of their constraints?

It's integrated to an average extent. One 'hidden' advantage is that the journals are really well tagged. You can just search article titles, for example, or even just search for authors - you can't do either in most other resources.

However, unfortunately the journals aren't supported by the cited by tool, and nor can you search for references to the journals. In recent resources (ones published approximately in the last couple of years), you should find that references to the journals are hyperlinked, but that won't be the case for older resources. Below is a screenshot from a random page of the bibliography of the newly-published Pillar commentary on Hebrews. You'll see several hyperlinked journal entries (WTJ, GTJ, JETS, Tyndale Bulletin [this latter journal is in a later volume of TJL]). I've also highlighted a couple of entries to JBL, another journal currently in prepub.

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Donnie Hale | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 22 2010 7:47 AM

Mark Barnes:

It's integrated to an average extent. One 'hidden' advantage is that the journals are really well tagged. You can just search article titles, for example, or even just search for authors - you can't do either in most other resources.

Mark - Thanks for the prompt answer. If I understand you correctly, I can't look for verses in a journal via "cited by". But I can do resource-specific searches (e.g. if I created a "journals" collection), and that would allow me to do a crude "cited by" capability?

Thanks again,

Donnie

 

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 22 2010 7:52 AM

Donnie Hale:
If I understand you correctly, I can't look for verses in a journal via "cited by"

Sorry, I'd misunderstood your question. You can look for verses in a journal via "cited by. You can't look for references to a journal using cited by.

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Donnie Hale | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 22 2010 12:09 PM

Mark,

Thanks again for the assist. I just ordered this resource (and a few others), and I can see it now on biblia.com. I'm super-excited about this stuff! A John Murray journal article from 1940???!!! Are you kidding???!!! Wonderful...

By the way, another shout-out to the customer service folks at Logos. Took care of my order, got me some price breaks, made my download available (for a shipped product) right away. Great stuff!

My kids are just going to have a $500.00 worse Christmas. ;)

Donnie

 

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 22 2010 1:21 PM

Great to hear it!

Donnie Hale:
A John Murray journal article from 1940???!!! Are you kidding???!!! Wonderful...

There's plenty more where that came from Smile - try a search for "John Murray" as the author:

And if you really want a blast from the past, try this, or this!

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