I have had a great deal of positive feedback to my last post announcing the launch of a new project to produce an Open Source Commentary Survey. A number of scholars have responded offering to write a survey of commentaries on a book, or group of books of the Bible. Today I also received the following e-mail, which is reproduced here by permission:
My name is Basil Dwyer
I live in a place called Matatiele in South Africa which is a small village in amongst the Drakensberg Mountains.
I have lived in this place for about 35 years, practising as an attorney.
I have also for the same number of years been a local preacher in the Methodist Church and have lead bible studies amongst the town folk and local farmers.
Access to Theological libraries is non – existent and the purchase of Theological books is prohibitive due to the very poor state of our exchange rate.
Your website is therefore literally a Godsend.
If it would be useful to you I would be happy to be part of your survey. Let me know.
I cannot say how encouraging it is to know that the websites are reaching their intended audience around the globe and that they are making a difference for the Gospel. It is sobering to realise the difficulties that people in South Africa have in getting access to printed academic theological material, and this is mirrored in many other countries around the globe. I would also like to express my thanks to Basil and also to those who through their support make running the websites possible.