Friday, February 04, 2005

John Drane's Introducing the Bible with CD-Rom

This press release is from Fortress Press:
Fortress Press Releases John Drane’s Introducing the Bible with CD-ROM

MINNEAPOLIS (February 3, 2005)— Introducing the Bible with CD-ROM is a wonderfully reader-friendly resource for the beginning student in the study of the Bible. It combines John Drane's two informative and popular earlier works, Introducing the Old Testament and Introducing the New Testament, and adds a new CD-ROM.

In this stimulating volume, Drane covers the entire Bible, both Old and New Testaments. The reader is introduced to each book; but key issues that reading the Bible raises are covered in special articles concerning authorship, theology, history, literature, and the cultures of ancient Israel and the earliest followers of Jesus.

Drane writes in an accessible style, and the volume includes hundreds of illustrations—tables, charts, photos, maps, and line-drawings. The CD-ROM allows the reader to use the book interactively. The Libronix software offers not only the full text and links to the biblical references but also extensive additional study materials, such as chapter summaries, questions for review and discussion, and weblinks. Each biblical citation is hyper-linked to the NRSV text of the Bible.

Praise for the prior editions:

''Could not be bettered as a plain guide to the principal religious ideas of the Old Testament.''
Church Times

''Those wanting a general introduction will hardly find a better one than this.''
Baptist Times

''A happy combination of careful scholarship, lucid prose, appropriate illustrations and attractive layout.''
Christianity Today

''Dr. Drane...writes with clarity, simplicity and literary grace.''
Evangelical Quarterly

''A gold mine.''
Catholic Herald

“A remarkable book . . . display[ing] both a considerable grasp of the material and an ability to express knowledge in an interesting and balanced manner.”
British Journal of Religious Education

John Drane has taught biblical studies in the United States, Scotland, and Australia. His numerous books include Introducing the Old Testament, rev. ed. (Fortress Press, 2001) Introducing the New Testament, rev. ed. (Fortress Press, 2000), Son of Man (1993), Early Christians (1982), and Jesus and the Four Gospels (1979).


* Powerful search engine
* Topic, word, and verse indices
* Library browser
* Note-taking and footnoting
* Custom toolbars and menus
* Navigation aids
* Context-sensitive menus
* Bookmarks
* Interbook linking
* Works with your word processor
* Online help
* Electronic user’s guide
* Internet connections
* Extendability

System requirements for Libronix CD-ROMs
Computer/Processor: Pentium 133 MHz (Pentium 300 MHz processor recommended); CD-ROM drive. Operating System: Microsoft Windows 98 or later—will run on Windows 98/98SE/Me/NT 4.0 (SP6a)/2000/XP. Memory: Windows 98/Me/NT: 64 MB; Windows 2000/XP: 64 MB (128 MB recommended). Hard Drive Space: 60 MB minimum. Monitor Resolution: 800 x 600 or larger. Note to Macintosh users: May run on newer Macintosh computers running Windows emulation software. Performance will vary.

Format: Paperback and CD-ROM 730 pages 6 x 9 inches
Item No: 0800636724
Publisher: Fortress Press
Price: $49.00

To order Introducing the Bible with CD-ROM please call Fortress Press at 1-800-328-4648 or visit the web site at To request review copies or exam copies please call 1-800-426-0115 ext. 234. For interviews, speaking engagements, and writing assignments please call 1-800-426-0115 ext. 234 or email

1 comment:

AKMA said...

Let’s be honest: the CD-ROM included does not run on Macs. They can be [possibly — it sounds as though they’re hedging] made to run on Macs that are using expensive PC-emulation software.

Building their software this way is their prerogative, of course; I think it’s short-sighted, but I’m not in charge of their business plan. The way they couch their press release, however, could make a naïve PC-using prof think that the selection of this text would be platform-neutral, whereas in fact it would constitute a significant disadvantage to Mac-using students.