Biblical Research Tools...
The following internet links are very useful. Each of them opens a world of other links. More and more, use of such resources is a part of normal essay writing, and with a little practice you will enjoy the slightly different challenges. Apart from the resources available online, students should check if the printed resources indicated on these websites are available in our library:
The site for the Dominican friars worldwide is at:
http://www.tarsus.ie/This is organised by Kieran O Mahony OSA, whom many students will remember from his most enjoyable courses here last year
http://www.bibleodyssey.org/en.aspx This has lots of accessible material, and is copyright by the Society of Biblical Literature, an excellent learned American society for Biblical studies.
http://www.ntgateway.com/ Dr Mark Goodacre, an English academic now working in Duke University, USA has put together this amazing resource. Without leaving your desk you can have access to a great deal of material suitable for your New Testament essays. Mark wrote his doctoral thesis under Michael Goulder of Birmingham, and his own particular approach to the synoptic problem should be studied with care.
http://www.ntgateway.com/bible-translations/Useful access to all things biblical. Accessed from the NTgateway site. Not much Catholic influence to be seen, but the content is good and informative.
http://www.otgateway.com/ An Australian counterpart that alludes to Mark Goodacres NTgateway for students studying the Old Testament. It is not as well known, nor as strictly academic as NTgateway, but has some good material if used critically.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is at http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM.
If that seems like a lot of letters to type, then just copy them as a block and paste them into the “google” box
Remember: if you are quoting / referring to material from the internet in your essay, you must give the URL (webpage address that appears at the top of the screen) and the date and time when you accessed the material. This is necessary because although the internet can change frequently, it also archives material.
Remember too that it is very easy to wander out into high seas when you are surfing the net, and even if you started from a website that was in a particular (e.g. Catholic) tradition you should keep an eye on the source for each site in so far as you can make it out.
The Munster region offers a variety of opportunities for adult learners to work toward either a certificate or an undergraduate degree in theology. Most of these programmes offer classes on weekends and evenings, and one (the Priory Institute) offers degrees via online study Information about these programmes can be found be clicking on the following links.
Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College
St. Patrick’s College, Thurles
The Priory Institute
Non-Credit Adult Education Programmes
Community members who live too far away to attend programmes at the Institute might be interested in the following parish-based non-credit programmes for adult leaners.
Eigse an Aonaigh Certificate in Pastoral Ministry (Nenagh)
Creidim Adult Education Programme, St. Keiran’s College (Kilkenny)