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Used Book Store Finds

My wife and I recently visited several of the used book stores here in Iowa City for a much-needed day of relaxation. Here was our haul:

  • E. A. Speiser, Genesis (Anchor Bible). $3.
  • W. D. Davies, The Sermon on the Mount. $2.
  • I. M. Lewis, Ecstatic Religion: A Study of Shamanism and Spirit Possession. $4.50.
  • Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. $1.99.
  • Willa Cather, My Antonia. $2.
  • Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights. $2.
  • Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina. $2.
  • C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain. $4.50.
  • Lewis Carroll, The Annotated Alice: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass. $2.
  • Chris van Allsburg, The Polar Express. $1.

Total before tax: $25. Not a bad day, if I do say so myself! I’m especially jazzed to have gotten an Anchor commentary for $3.

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Forthcoming: vHMML: An Online Environment for Manuscript Studies

The Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University, in Collegeville, Minnesota, has received a grant to create vHMML, “an online environment for manuscript studies.” From the announcement:

vHMML will consist of six closely-linked, interoperable, and mutually-reinforcing online components:

1. School: instructional material in various formats for teaching the paleography and codicology for languages/cultures represented in HMML’s collections (Latin, Syriac, Ge‘ez, Christian Arabic, Armenian);

2. Scriptorium: a sophisticated collaborative workspace able to support a variety of manuscript-related projects using manuscript images from HMML’s collection and imported from other sources, and providing tools for studying their form and content;

3. Lexicon: a crowd-sourced glossary for manuscript studies inclusive of western and non-western manuscripts;

4. Folio Collection: thickly-described sample manuscript folios from HMML’s collections, supplemented by images supplied by other institutions or individuals, which will illustrate the chronological and regional development of writing styles;

5. Library: other HMML digital resources supportive of manuscript study such as classic works on paleography, manuscript catalogs, and videos;

6. Blog: a central point for communication and feedback gathering about vHMML.

It looks like a really good project to me, and I’m excited to see it when it’s done!

(via Reddit)

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Two Great Books (for Free Online)

Two very useful old books are available online through Google Books.

The first is Sir Edward Maunde Thompson’s Handbook of Greek and Latin Palaeography. If ancient manuscripts fascinate you, then this book will likely do the same.

The second is A. H. Strong’s Systematic Theology, volumes 1 and 2. I looked, and it doesn’t seem that Google Books has the third volume of his Systematic, but vols. 1 and 2 are certainly nice to have. His chapter on inspiration and (lack of) inerrancy in Scripture is well worth reading.

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