John H Stek on the Literary Artistry of Judges Chapter 4

Thanks to the kind permission of Moody Press I have just uploaded John H. Stek’s fascinating article in PDF format:

John H. Stek, “The Bee and the Mountain Goat: A Literary Reading of Judges 4,” Walter C. Kaiser & Ronald F. Youngblood, eds., A Tribute to Gleason Archer. Essays on the Old Testament. Chicago: Moody Press, 1986. Hbk. ISBN: 0802487807. pp.53-86.

Kenneth Kitchen’s “Old Testament in Its Context” on-line

Thanks to the kind permission of Professor Kenneth Kitchen and the hard work of Michael Farmery I have just uploaded the 6-part series from 1971-2 on The Old Testament in its Context in PDF format:

Kenneth A. Kitchen, “The Old Testament in Its Context: Part 1,” Theological Students’ Fellowship Bulletin 59 (Spring 1971).

Kenneth A. Kitchen, “The Old Testament in Its Context: Part 2,” Theological Students’ Fellowship Bulletin 60 (Spring 1971).

Kenneth A. Kitchen, “The Old Testament in Its Context: Part 3,” Theological Students’ Fellowship Bulletin 61 (Summer 1971).

Kenneth A. Kitchen, “The Old Testament in Its Context: Part 4,” Theological Students’ Fellowship Bulletin 62 (Autumn 1971).

Kenneth A. Kitchen, “The Old Testament in Its Context: Part 5,” Theological Students’ Fellowship Bulletin 63 (Summer 1972).

Kenneth A. Kitchen, “The Old Testament in Its Context: Part 6,” Theological Students’ Fellowship Bulletin 64 (Autumn 1972).

Changing the law of copyright?

In the light of recent reports regarding the efforts of various search engines to digitise in-copyright books I was very interested to read a thought-provoking article on copyright and copying by Vern Sheridan Poythress. Dr Poythress makes some good points, but I was particularly encouraged to read this paragraph:

Similar observations go for book publishers. I know for a fact that some copyrighted books are available on the web (including one for which I was a joint author). Their availability actually increases the publisher’s sales of hard copies. People may read a little on the internet. But then, if they like what they read, they want to have a bound copy rather thansomething that costs $5 in ink to print out on their home computer. Thus,even when access to informationis free, there remains a demand–even sometimes an increased demand–for traditionally bound books.

 

Over the last four years I have corresponded extensively with authors and publishers. The overwhelming majority have been more than happy to allow their work to be reproduced on-line at no charge. Personally I would welcome a change in the law along the lines that Dr Poythress is advocating. I too think that having found a good book or article on-line most people would wish to obtain a bound copy for themselves. Google are using the same argument in support of their digitisation project.