Thursday, May 21, 2009

I've recently finished reading William A. Simmons' book, Peoples of the New Testament World: An Illustrated Guide. It is a 352 page book published by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc. in 2008.

I wanted to read a book that would provide a good introduction to groups such as the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, Tax Collectors, Samaritans, Hebrews, and Hellenists that reflected current scholarship. I found what I was looking for and more in Simmons' book.

The book includes over 600 footnotes, most of which include annotations, and is enhanced by the inclusion of numerous charts, maps, illustrations and photos. While it would make an excellent textbook for an introductory college course on the New Testament, I intend to use it as a reference to supplement bible commentaries and dictionaries.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

I just want to thank all who have been contacting me about the my family tree. One big challenge is that my grandfather Arthur G. Christensen and at least one of his brothers changed the spelling of their last name to Christensen from Christianson. I have yet to learn why.

I have been in contact with a number of second cousins I've not seen since I was a child, or worse, have never met. With help they've been providing, I expect to be able to release an update to the the family tree to the Internet soon.