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ATLA Serials Database

The American Theological Library Association, some of you will be aware, produces the ATLASerials database, a bibliographic index of more than 185,000 articles and book reviews of religous-related subjects, with links to the full content of all of those, viewable online on your own computer, or printable for your under the tree, falling leaf, autumnal reading pleasure. The title list includes extensive (and eventually complete) back-runs (not including the current year) of such great and necessary journals as Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal of Biblical Literature, Biblical Archaeologist and Near Eastern Archaeology, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Novum Testamentum, and Vetus Testamentum, with new volumes and journals being added regularly. It’s an amazing resource that I’ve been using for several years, and have found absolutely vital for finding various articles that our libraries either misplaced or don’t possess. Not only is it of great benefit to use, but this project is something that has managed to do exactly what we’ve been expecting this newfangled digital age to provide us: a fully indexed and searchable library that had formerly been completely offline and seldom (or perhaps never!) available in any single library. As such, the more support the project receives for furtherance of its goals, the better for all of us.

The reason I’m posting this is that ATLA is now offering a really, extraordinarily good promotional price for individual/personal subscriptions. If your institution doesn’t subscribe to ATLASerials, or if you aren’t affiliated with any institution at all, you can purchase your own subscription for the rest of this year and all of next year for a mere $132 (the savings is in the promotional price of $99 for all of 2007, with the rest of this year prorated for only $33 dollars). You can then access ATLASerials online, reading and printing to your heart’s content, and all for less than the price of this writer’s monthly coffee bill. It’s a steal, I tell you, a steal!!!

See the signup page, and if you do sign up, they’ve told me that you should put the following in the comment field, to specify which length of access you’ll want:

ATLAS® 2006 *plus* ATLAS® 2007 16-month (9-1-2006 to 12-31-2007) prorated subscription for $132 [$33 + $99 = $132]

or

ATLAS® 2006 4-month (9-1-2006 to 12-31-2006) prorated subscription for $33

So, if any reader of this humble blog is interested in signing up for ATLASerials, get over there and sign up quickly, because, not to sound like a late night infomercial, but indeed, this is a limited-time offer. It’s very well worth the price.

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Armenian Ani

I’ve just been enjoying a beautifully illustrated site about the abandoned Armenian royal city of Ani, unfortunately located in Turkey. It’s a somber thing to read about the destruction of such beautiful monuments, some still completely intact and in use until 1920, due to pogroms, earthquakes, official policies of neglect or “restoration,” and, of course, Muslim religious iconoclasm. Separated by a small river from today’s nation of Armenia, it must be heartbreaking for the Armenians to see from the other bank the continued destruction of such a magnificent heritage: an ancient city still alive in the early part of the twentieth century is now a field of rubble.

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Lo!

And behold! A brand new blog on Patristics by author Mike Aquilina: The Way of the Fathers. Knowing Mike’s other work, this holds promise to be a fine blog.

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Book-related Email Lists

There are a number of various quite interesting email lists out there covering many various subjects, as I’m sure you’re all aware. I’d like to mention a few that are directly related to books.

Everyone with interests like those shared in this blog should receive the Eisenbrauns Book News newsletter, which you sign up for here. Each newsletter lists a number of items on sale, new books arrived, and reminders of sales in progress. It’s very helpful and quite civilized! Every bookstore should do this.

Dove Booksellers also has a list, which you can sign up for here. Like Eisenbrauns, there are a number of sales which come up, and Dove also manages to come into possession of various scholarly libraries, so you might find some really excellent used items, too.

A catalogue that is only in paper format still, but which I feel compelled to mention, is one that I always enjoy receiving. It’s from Eighth Day Books, and you can sign up for it here. Theirs is an “eclectic but orthodox” bookstore, with a wide range of excellent Christian books. See their own description for further details, including the reference in the name.

Lastly, another list that doesn’t directly deal with the purchase of books, but which can certainly have an effect on which books you’ll buy, is the Review of Biblical Literature Newsletter. Instructions for subscribing are here. The newsletter includes links whenever there’s a batch of new reviews posted to the RBL site. I’d much rather have people informed about this newsletter rather than post all or some of the links to the reviews here on the blog. In addition to the fact that it seems twenty other guys are doing exactly the same thing in posting such, it’s become not only simply unoriginal, but tedious.

So, if you aren’t receiving these, go sign up for them all! You won’t regret it.

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