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REQUIRED TEXTS AND COURSE MATERIALS A.Required Texts Bauer, David R. An Annotated Guide to Biblical Resources for Ministry. Hendrickson, 2003. Drane, John Introducing the Old Testament. Completely revised and updated. Fortress Press, 2001. Abbreviated IOT in the syllabus. Revised Standard Version of the Bible or New American Standard Bible or some other contemporary, formal (vs. dynamic) equivalence translation with minimal editorial clutter in the layout. NRSV and NIV are also fine. Thompson, David L. Bible Study That Works. Revised edition. Nappanee, IN: Evangel Press, 1994. Gives a brief, non-technical overview of approach to “inductive biblical studies” commended by the class. (= BSTW) B. Required Access to Reference Materials: You will from time to time need to use one of the following multi-volume Bible encyclopedia sets. No substitutes are permitted. Except those in iPreach. You do not have to own these, though they are a worthy addition to your library. Often one or the other is available in public libraries. The Asbury Bookstore can facilitate purchase should you wish to do so, as well as other dealers in theological books. • The Anchor Bible Dictionary. New York: Doubleday, 1992. 6 Volumes. Also available on CD-ROM for Windows or PowerPC Macs running a Wintel emulation program. • The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised Edition. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1979-1988. 4 Volumes. In addition to these, a very fine supplementary resource is the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, 5 vols; ed. W. Van Gemeren, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000. Acceptable Bible dictionaries and Old Testament commentaries are also available on-line in iPreach, a valuable on-line tool. Go: Information Commons(library), log in, and find iPreach in the first list headed by the “Catalog.”

Publication Date

January 2005


Asbury Theological Seminary


Kentucky, Fall, BS501



BS 501 Introduction to Biblical Studies I