Lawson G. Stone



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COURSE REQUIRED TEXTS Drane, John. Introducing the Old Testament. Completely Revised and Updated edition. Minneapolos: Fortress, 2001. Klein, W., Craig L. Blomberg and R. L. Hubbard, Jr. Introduction to Biblical Interpretation. Dallas: Word Publishing, 1993. Thompson, David L. Bible Study That Works. Revised edition. Nappanee, IN: Evangel Press, 1994. A Contemporary, but "Formal-Equivalent" translation of the Bible. Examples include: Revised Standard Version or New American Standard Bible, New Revised Standard Version, New International Version. Examples of what not to use for this class incluse: The Message, the New Living Translation and others like them. These are excellent translations, but for the kind of analysis done in this class, we need a more "literal" translation. Select a "text edition" Bible with minimal editorial clutter (i.e. no study notes) in the layout. Several articles of importance for OT Studies have been scanned and saved as PDF or MS Word documents, and will be uploaded to an “Articles” folder on the Course Center with the lecture materials. 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. You do not have to own these, but 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 Encyclopedia. New York: Doubleday, 1992. 6 Volumes. Also available on CD. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised Edition. Ed. G. Bromily. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988. 4 Volumes. Note this is not the work by the same name found on most biblical studies software disks. Regardless of what they say is the publication date, the version of ISBE found on, e.g. BibleWorksis edited by James Orr and dates from the 1920's and is not acceptable for use in this class. Currently, the revised ISBE is not "included" in any software package but is a $100+add-on to Logos/Libronix. ANY OTHER ISBE IS THE OUT-OF-DATE ONE! New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, 5 vols; ed. W. Van Gemeren, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000. Available on CD-ROM.

Publication Date

January 2005


Asbury Theological Seminary


Kentucky, BS501, Spring



BS 501 Introduction to Biblical Studies I