Discovering Biblical Texts Series sounds commonplace but you NEED it

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Aug 1 2021 6:31 PM

Discovering Biblical Texts Series (3 vols.) | Logos Bible Software

Discovering Biblical Texts (9 vols.) | Logos Bible Software

I suspect that others, like myself, gave this a quick glance and thought, I already have tons of similar material. From Amazon:

This concise introduction to the interpretation of the book of Exodus encourages in-depth study of the text and deliberate grappling with related theological and historical questions by providing a critical assessment of key interpreters and interpretative debates. It draws on a range of methodological approaches (author-, text-, and reader-centered) and reflects the growing scholarly attention to the reception history of biblical texts, increasingly viewed as a vital aspect of interpretation rather than an optional extra. 

Throughout Discovering Exodus, Ralph Hawkins gives strategies for reading the book of Exodus, including archaeological criticism. He also reviews key issues raised by Exodus and connects these issues to questions of how this important Old Testament book should be interpreted today.

In answering a different forum post regarding reception history, I ran into the fact that this series includes reception history in its perspective ... a way for the general user to start using reception history without jumping head first into  myriad of quotations from people they have never heard of. It also provides links from scripture to culture - an area where Logos is particularly weak.

The structure of the commentary fits very well into the Logos Factbook/Topic Guide pattern making it a perfect text to parallel teaching the use of Logos. For example, the Table of Contents for Exodus - chapter level taken from Amazon preview:

  1. Inroduction - structure and story
  2. Reading Exodus as literature (source criticism to literary criticism)
  3. The realia of Exodus - dates, locations, . . .
  4. Beginnings - early life of Moses, beginning of nation
  5. The portrayal of Moses as a leader in the book of Exodus
  6. The power of God in Exodus
  7. The law of God in Exodus
  8. The presence of God in Exodus
  9. The gospel of Israel in Exodus
  10. Secondary characters in Exodus
  11. Echoes of Exodus in the Old Testament
  12. Echoes of Exodus in the New Testament
  13. Echoes of Exodus in Western culture

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 1 2021 8:23 PM

MJ. Smith:

Note that the first of those is included in the second.

Thanks for pushing this. I had already pre-ordered it.

Great authors! I know the author of the Genesis volume, Iain Provan. He's a professor at Regent College.

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Damian McGrath | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 2 2021 1:11 AM

I had already pe-ordered this also and spent a vote on the Blackwell Bible Commentary series.

The more resources we have on the history of the reception of texts in word, art, preaching, doctrine, society, the better.

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 2 2021 3:06 AM

MJ. Smith:

Discovering Biblical Texts Series (3 vols.) | Logos Bible Software

Discovering Biblical Texts (9 vols.) | Logos Bible Software

I suspect that others, like myself, gave this a quick glance and thought, I already have tons of similar material. (...) 

In answering a different forum post regarding reception history, I ran into the fact that this series includes reception history in its perspective ... a way for the general user to start using reception history without jumping head first into  myriad of quotations from people they have never heard of. It also provides links from scripture to culture - an area where Logos is particularly weak.

Maybe of note: The 9 vols. series contains the 2nd edition of "Discovering John" - the 1st edition is available as a standalone resource and I'm actually right now in the process of reading it since I took the chance last week to complete the SPCK Gospel Studies Collection where it is contained (i.e. I got it for a dynamic price of $7 and change). So far it's an interesting read and I ordered the series above.

Running Logos 9 latest (beta) version on Win 10

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 2 2021 8:27 AM

Thanks MJ. I did skip it but now I'm intrigued and in.

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