TIP of the day is returning soon ... some assistance requested

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Nov 14 2018 8:38 PM

Tip of the day is returning in a new form - pdf/docx which allows me considerably more time for researching and for formatting ,,, and avoids the problem of copy & paste not working from Word into the forums. Expect to see something within the next few days.

QUESTION 1:

In the meantime can you put on your thinking caps and tell me your favorite (a) introduction to each of the literatures listed below (b) instructions/comments on the use of the literature in Bible study. The list of literatures from Ancient Literature: Thanks everyone.


• Ancient Near-Eastern Material (Ugaritic material, Context of Scripture, Ancient Near-Eastern Texts, Amarna Letters, etc.)
• Apostolic Fathers
• Church Fathers
• Dead Sea Scrolls (Sectarian Material)
• Judaica (Babylonian Talmud, Jerusalem Talmud, Mishnah, Mekhilta, etc.)
• Old Testament Pseudepigrapha
• Nag Hammadi Codices
• New Testament Apocrypha
• Works of Josephus
• Works of Philo


Rick Brannan, Ancient Literature Documentation (Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2015).

QUESTION 2:

Does anyone know how Logos selects the pericopes to be shown when you enter a reference or pericope title into the Bible reference box?

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 14 2018 11:41 PM

For the apocrypha and pseudipigrapha, there are short introductions in OTP and academic dictionaries (Anchor, New Interpreter's, Dic of Judaism, DJG, DNTB, etc). For more detailed treatment, I like the Sheffield Guides to the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha and introductions to whatever commentary on these books I can get my hands on (in Anchor and Hermeneia). 

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 15 2018 2:30 AM

Thank you ... good suggestions

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 15 2018 3:20 AM

MJ. Smith:
Does anyone know how Logos selects the pericopes to be shown when you enter a reference or pericope title into the Bible reference box?

Within the Bible resource itself, it matches only the pericopes in that version. (So if you type into the NRSV's reference box, you'll get different results from typing into the NIV's reference box.) The results will be listed in canonical order and limited to eight results.

In some other areas (e.g. the Passage Guide), the results come from across several Bibles. They seem to be consolidated from the versions you own, rather than using the data used in the Passage Analysis tool. It looks like there are two criteria for sorting. The second criteria is canonical order, but the first eludes me.

In other areas (e.g. the Passage Analysis Tool), again the results come from across several Bibles you own. But this time the sort order is strictly canonical, and it's limited to 10 results.

Outside of Bibles, typing in a Bible reference returns data from multiple versions, but the list is de-duplicated. So if two versions use different titles for the same pericope, you'll only get one title. I don't know how the title is chosen, but it's not based on your prioritisation. The NRSV seems to be #1 choice.

In every case, if you type a…

  • …pericope title, you'll get a simple text match of the pericopes.
  • …Bible reference, you'll get a match of all the pericopes that intersect that reference.
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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 15 2018 3:43 AM

On Josephus' Antiquities: there is the introduction in the Mason/Feldman Brill edition.

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Peter Bongers | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 15 2018 9:22 AM

MJ. Smith:

Tip of the day is returning in a new form - pdf/docx which allows me considerably more time for researching and for formatting ,,, and avoids the problem of copy & paste not working from Word into the forums. Expect to see something within the next few days.

This is great news! Over the years I have found this 'series' extremely helpful.

Thanks in advance...

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 15 2018 1:19 PM

Thank you Mark and Francis

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Robert M. Warren | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 15 2018 2:05 PM

Mark Barnes:
Within the Bible resource itself, it matches only the pericopes in that version.

In Bible versions without pericope, or for PB Bibles, it seems to use your preferred version's pericope headings and presents ten at a time.

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 15 2018 3:58 PM

For the Apostolic Fathers and the Church Fathers, I like two books by James Stevenson:

They don't just talk about the texts, they get you into actually reading them.

This is slightly off topic, but I believe still related.  I absolutely love The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era by Jeffers. Several years ago I bought a second dead-tree copy just so I could have a loaner to share with friends.

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DavidS | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 15 2018 4:06 PM

Thank you so much MJ I look forward to learning cool stuff!

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