Getting Organized with Zotero

Zotero 4For those of us in the academic world, it can be difficult to keep track of and organize our resources and information. Books and papers are quickly consumed, and information once thought important can become lost in files (or piles)—forgotten. Often we find somewhat hidden chapters on various topics tucked inside books whose titles do not betray their contents. Remembering those great hidden chapters or what we’ve found valuable is not always easy. Keeping track of what we own is not always easy. So how can all of these resources be organized to minimize our overlooking these many gems we’ve found over the years? Enter Zotero.

From the Zotero homepage:

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.

Many reading this post are probably already using Zotero to manage citations in research papers. Zotero does this very well, and Zotero’s documentation includes a helpful collection of video tutorials. This post will not cover the same material.

Zotero can be used to organize references, resources, and even a personal library—more than simple citation management. Below is what I have found to be the best use of tags, folders, notes and [Read more…]


Rerouting the Exodus?

Exodus - Duane GarrettDuane A. Garrett, A Commentary on Exodus, Kregel Exegetical Library. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2013. 816pp. $39.99. (Forthcoming)

There are already a number of good commentaries on Exodus, a handful of which I own. However, I am eager to add Garrett’s (forthcoming) Exodus commentary to that stack. Garrett has already written several good commentaries. In the NAC series he has Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (B&H, 1993) and Hosea, Joel (B&H, 1997). He wrote the Song of Songs portion of Song of Songs/Lamentations (Thomas Nelson, 2004) in the WBC series, and Amos: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text (Baylor University, 2008) in the Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible series. Still to come is his commentary on Genesis in the Kregel Exegetical Library series. A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew (B&H Academic, 2009) also happens to be the grammar from which I finally learned Hebrew, though one could argue I was more devoted to the task at that point.

There is much I hope for from this commentary. Garrett has a unique Exodus route that I hope makes a strong appearance. I personally have found his arguments about this convincing and more satisfying that many of the other routes I have come across, and this is probably the main feature I would like to have in print. I do hope it is here. Additionally, with 800+ pages, I am sure there is plenty of exegetical content to dig through and enjoy. And while I do not buy commentaries for homiletical suggestions, I have often found his suggestions in class to be clear and frequently more helpful than those typically encountered in application-oriented commentaries. I would not be surprised to find that true here as well.

I believe this will be coming out in the next couple of weeks(?). A final bonus is that Amazon currently has it priced at 70% off!

UPDATE 5/15/13 – Kregel now has the publication date listed as November 1, 2013. (Thankfully Amazon has kept my purchase at the discounted price, though they are no longer allowing purchases.)

Jesus is the Son of God! But do we understand the title?

Jesus the Son of God, by D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson, Jesus the Son of God: A Christological Title Often Overlooked, Sometimes Misunderstood, and Currently Disputed. Wheaton: Crossway, 2012. 117pp. $15.99.

“Moreover, for some time I have been thinking through the hiatus between careful exegesis and doctrinal formulations. We need both, of course, but unless the latter are finally controlled by the former, and seen to be controlled by the former, both are weakened.” (11)

‘Son of God’ is a familiar and important title for Christians to apply to Jesus, but also one that typically contributes little to our understanding of who Jesus is. In Jesus the Son of God, Carson argues this christological title is a deep and rich metaphor that should not be flattened out in our theology or lost in translation. In doing so, Carson moves the reader from [Read more…]

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