Arne Halbakken Talks NT Backgrounds
I also received an email from Arne Halbakken. Unfortunately, I don’t know Arne, but he was kind enough to respond anyway and allowed me to post his opinion. Thanks, Arne!
Here is what he said:
[Note: this first part is a quotation of my list from an earlier blog posting]
- Old Testament Pseudepigrapha
- Dead Sea Scrolls
- Old Testament Apocrypha
- Philo (But not mentioned, though as we know there are significant difficulties in tracing stuff back to the first century sometimes...)
- Mishnah (What does Lexel, Bibleworks, Accordance, Logos, you, et al. need to be working on most for scholarship in this regard?)
[Now Arne gives his thoughts...]
1) Rex Kovisto has completed tagging the Greek portion of "the" Old Testament Pseudepigrapha for Accordance.
What is still needed would be the non-Greek materials.
Since "Old Testament Pseudepigrapha" was not an ancient canon, what it consists of is up for debate. The designation is modern.
Accordance has the old R. H. Charles version (1913) in English. I would also like to see the two volume J. H. Charlesworth edition (1983, 1987) as well as the version edited by H. F. C. Sparks (Oxford, 1984) offered for Accordance.
2) Accordance has done a good job with the Hebrew and Aramaic materials.
I would like to see it have the Greek materials from cave 7.
3) Accordance finally released a Greek version of Josephus. (The Perseus version had special permission from Loeb Books [Harvard University Press].)
The next step is for this to be tagged.
Accordance also offers the ubiquitous Whiston translation. There could be something offered that was more modern.
4) The biggest need right now is for a Hebrew version of Sirach.
5) Accordance offers an English version of Philo. There is a need for a Greek version.
6) Accordance offers a tagged and an untagged version of the Mishnah in Hebrew. They also offer the Neusner translation.
(I would also like to see early midrashic literature offered as well for Accordance.)