Wednesday, May 31, 2006
The backorders should start shipping today, so look for yours in the next several days (unless you are international). I have mine at my desk and it is a beautiful color book with updates from the French version inserted at the end of most chapters, both bibliography and text.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
"The proof-reading for Ezra-Nehemiah took rather longer than anticipated, so it missed the March date... The proof-reading was completed earlier this month, so the fascicle should be in production -- soon if not even as we write."
Biblia Hebraica Quinta
Biblia Hebraica Quinta - BHQ 20
Edited by David Marcus
Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft Stuttgart,Forthcoming July/August 2006
List Price: $98.00
Your Price: $73.50
“I remember discussing this matter with a ministry leader who observed, ‘Lots of people are praying, and lots of people are repenting, but so few are changing their lifestyle.’ A light went on in my mind when I heard that statement. The fact is, if people are not changing their lifestyle, they’re not repenting. And if we’re not repenting, then all our singing and praising and praying and producing are useless—perhaps worse than useless, because all the noise and activity may deceive us into thinking that we’re OK and that we are actually experiencing revival.”
Nancy Leigh DeMoss in Holiness: The Heart God Purifies. (italics hers)
Friday, May 26, 2006
The seventh day of the 5-7 days on the train from California to Chicago was up on Wednesday. Today I was informed that the product is available. What that means is that our customs broker now has to find a truckline to bring it to us in Warsaw, Indiana. Of course with Monday being Memorial Day, we won't see it until at least Tuesday, more probably Wednesday.
It now becomes a race against the calendar. After all, the world is going to end on 06-06-06 (see previous post here). It would be nice for people to be able to read this long-awaited book before that :)
If the world ends first, you can at least see the cover and the details:
The City of Ugarit at Tell Ras Shamra
by Marguerite Yon
Eisenbrauns,Forthcoming May 2006
viii + 188 pages,English
Your Price: $34.50
Update, 3:00 PM Friday: We now have official word that the truckline will deliver it on Tuesday, so it might beat the end of the world after all!
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Renee, Joel and Joshua (our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson) left yesterday. We had a blast with them. Renee fell in love with the digital camera and took this picture. She says it is the best one of me yet. Don't you love daughters? :)
This is a picture of Joel playing with Joshua.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
It is a site called "toronto dermatologist specializing in black skin"
Judging by the other links, someone took ANE to be a mistake for Acne! Anyone following the link to us and looking for dermatology will be mightily disappointed :)
by Ralph W. Klein
xxi + 561 pages,English
Cloth,8.25 x 9.25
List Price: $55.00
Your Price: $49.50
Monday, May 22, 2006
I spent Saturday at a convention. I have always been of the opinion that if you make good quality biblical resources available to people, they will buy them and use them. Well, I am starting to rethink that opinion. I now think people want to be entertained. They no longer want to think. If it takes longer than a sound bite to explain something, then it must be too difficult or unimportant. Below is a picture of the Carta half of the booth. One of the other exhibitors told me we had the nicest looking booth at the show. Unfortunately, that didn't transfer into sales. This was my second year at this convention, last year went well for a first year, so I decided to try it again and take more stuff. It is a cheap convention to attend, and only an hour drive.
Well, initial reaction is I should have stayed home and played with Joshua. I don't think I even covered my expenses. Which is why I am now becoming convinced that people only want entertainment. People were spending money, but it was only on stuff that was predigested and follow the dots. We sell primary material that requires effort on the part of the person to digest it. Too highbrow. One of the organizers told me that our stuff was good, but he still hadn't read the stuff he bought last year, so why buy more?
Oh well, I got Sunday with Debbie and Joshua and we had a blast together. 14 months is a fun age. They can walk and babble and love to play with you.
But now it is time to go to work and empty the van of all the leftover books...
Thursday, May 18, 2006
The shipment was supposed to arrive in Chicago yesterday. We would then get it in about 2-4 days. Well, it was delayed in customs for checking. Ugarit is in the Middle East, so you never know, could be dangerous :) Anyway, I digress.
It is now being loaded onto a train bound for Chicago. It will arrive in Chicago in 5-7 days. Just in time for the Memorial Day holiday, which will delay it another few days. All in all, we should see it either May 31 or the beginning of June.
Speaking of which, I saw the worst advertising piece the other day. A certain Christian publisher is putting out a fictional book on the dispensational view of the endtimes. The date of release is 06-06-06. Guess how they are advertising it? Yep, 666, be ready.
Which caused one of the customer service representatives to quip, "I knew the end of the world would come before Yon got published!" Now you know.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
"To transport one copy of each title, the vehicle would have to be capable of hauling 86 tons or 21 full grown elephants. Laying the books down in a straight line would require a little over 16 miles of railroad tracks."
That's a lot of paper! Eisenbrauns contributed about 12 of them :)
Monday, May 15, 2006
There is an interesting story on this one. It was originally supposed to arrive today, but the paper delivered to the printer was thicker than specified. Normally that isn't too much of a problem, but when the book is 1200 pages long it becomes significant. They ended up having to reprint the covers with a wider spine, which delayed the delivery a few days. But, it isn't supposed to be raining as much the next few days, so at least we won't have to unload in the rain. I hope :)
Here are the details, for those of you interested:
From Cyrus to Alexander
A History of the Persian Empire
Translated from the original French by Peter T. Daniels
by Pierre Briant
xx + 1196 pages,English
Your Price: $49.50
Friday, May 12, 2006
A Student's Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible
Its History, Methods & Results
by Paul D. Wegner
InterVarsity Press - IVP,2006
List Price: $18.00
Your Price: $13.50
I just finished this book recently. It was delayed for over a year, originally planned for late 2004/early 2005 which may explain the inconsistency in some of the chapters. For instance, on page 102 he states (incorrectly) that only Jeremiah and Isaiah of the Hebrew University Bible Project have been published, but on page 112 he correctly states that Ezekiel is also published (2004).
I found the book quite good as an introduction to both Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and New Testament textual criticism. There are better books for each, but this puts them both together. Because of the layout of the book, there is quite a bit of redundancy. For example, he has a chapter on determining the most plausible reading and then a chapter on the sources. Of necessity there is a large overlap in what is covered by the two chapters (both OT/HB and NT).
One nice feature is the bibliographies at the end of each section. He also includes a glossary, as well as name, subject, and scripture indices. I did notice a real howler on page 274 where he states the Diatessaron was created about A.D. 70 (it should be 170). The font is also different for names with diacritics, but other than that, the book is well done.
It would make a good introductory textbook for a class that needs to cover the basics of text criticism for both testaments. For more serious work, you are going to need the other references listed in his bibliography.
Eisenbrauns recently published this little gem that I am currently reading:
The Edited Bible
The Curious History of the "Editor" in Biblical Criticism
EIS - Eisenbrauns
by John Van Seters
xvi + 428 pages,English
Your Price: $39.50
As a classicist by training, I found the chapters on the Alexandrian Homeric scribes fascinating. I am now on chapter 3, moving slowly through the book.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Eisenbrauns Book Wins 2006 Irene Levi-Sala Prize
Eisenbrauns is pleased to announce that The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine by Jodi Magness has won the Irene Levi-Sala Prize for Books on the Archaeology of Israel for 2006. The purpose of this prestigious prize is to encourage and reward high quality publications, both scholarly and popular, on the archaeology of Israel against the wider context of Near Eastern history and archaeology.