thanks to matt stone for posting about the infinity Bible project. this is a website with multiple versions of the Bible (no NRSV...) in multiple languages. the interesting thing is that it's interactive in a 'social newtwork' kind of way. you and your friends can share notes on the text, sermon ideas, questions, etc. as with other social online platforms, you can follow and friend people in order to share your thoughts with them or simply read theirs. on signing up, i was confronted with a long list of academics and Christian leaders who I could follow (mainly US, mainly white, mainly 'evangelical').
I go to Matthew 6, the Lord's Prayer, and there next to is is a link to a website with a sermon that someone has preached on this text. I can highlight text and add notes myself. The current online tools (Matthew Henry commentary and Strong's Concordance) are, well... sooooo last century!
At present there mainly seem to be links to other online stuff that the famous folks on the site have written. eg. Genesis 1 and there's a 'related' link to Tony Campolo talking about women & leadership in the church. a long bow perhaps?
Anyway, it's an interesting concept and worth a play. Go watch the intro movie.
Asking lay preacher students to pay $50 for a textbook seems a bit steep, but Mark Allan Powell's Introducing the New Testament (Baker Academic, 2009) is such a superb book that we've done just that in our new Certificate IV unit. Powell teaches at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He has a PhD from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.
Powell's writing is sharp, comprehensive, detailed and witty. "If Jesus has written his Sermon on the Mount for an English composition class, he probably would have gotten it back marked with red ink." The chapters are filled with sidebars highlighting historical, theological and interpretive issues. It's well-referenced (including Internet links) and has its own website with resources for teachers and students.
What I love about this classy, hardcover book are the colour images. It's full of both classical and contemporary (eg. He Qi) gospel images of all kinds, many of which I'd never seen before. Watch a video about the book by the author here. Thanks to Vicky and Liz from Uniting College for finding the book and putting the study unit together.
it's a really interesting project and i have multiple reactions. it's not the way i'd do it, but i warm to the project itself.
i really like the 'imaging the word' series that i've had for some years, so if it was me i'd be blending poems, prose and texts from a range of sources along with more varied media. but all that costs money and takes time too!
thanks to tim hein for letting me know about Bibledex, a project to film a short intro to every book of the Bible. Made by Brady Haran (apparently an Adelaide lad...), the project is being undertaken in partnership with the University of Nottingham.
go an have a look. sveral films have been completed already.